This is the fourth episode in the series, where I introduce you to members of the TYPO3 community. This weeks fellow is Riccardo De Contardi. Please give him a warm welcome and read on!

Marcus: Hello Riccardo, thank you very much for participating in the interview and taking the time for answering the questions.

Riccardo: Thank you, I feel excited.

Marcus: How did you get in contact with TYPO3?

Riccardo: I discovered it at work. The CTO, of my company at that time, asked me to learn and to use this CMS. He was also a developer and did the first projects with TYPO3. So I started to work with it and developed these projects further. To be fully honest the first times, I hated it! That’s true, but mainly because I did not understand anything of it.

One day, I grew tired of doing things without fully understanding them, so I installed the 4.2 version on my laptop and spent all my summer studying TYPO3 from scratch. The different parts started to make sense and so I began to appreciate it: especially the great degree of freedom TYPO3 offers. I dived more and more on the topic et cetera…

Marcus: How do you contribute to the community? In which areas are you active?

Riccardo: My main activity is to sweep off the dust on the old issues on https://forge.typo3.org ;-). I try to reproduce them and close duplicates and the not reproducible ones. I also review some patches on https://review.typo3.org. From time to time I suggest translations for Italian at https://translation.typo3.org/

Marcus: One main topic of your activity is to clean up forge.typo3.org, the bug tracker of TYPO3. Is there a possibility to support your activities? If yes, how can people support you?

Riccardo: There are still lots of old issues. Many of them are very hard to reproduce (due to bad issue descriptions). Another large block are issues, where it is not clear, whether they are still present or not.

If someone can help me with the boring task of looking at years-old issues, trying reproduce them or updating their description with useful information … I will not say ‘NO’ of course. Every helping hand is very welcome! 🙂

Marcus: The next question probably would fill an own blog post. But maybe you can sum it up in a couple of sentences … Which information should an issue on forge contain, so that you (and the core devs) can easily work with it?

Riccardo: Well, of course the more information you can gather, the better…If I have to summarize a list, if we are talking of a bug or misbehavior:

  • circumstances under which the issue occurs including information about the system (or the browser used).
  • expected behavior compared to the current one
  • a full list of the steps about how to reproduce the problem
  • a debugging log or stacktrace

I am sure that a core developer could think of other things to add to this list.

Marcus: These are four points I will take on my checklist, when filing an issue. Thanks for nailing that down!

Do you have any TYPO3 events on your agenda, where it will be possible to meet you in person?

Riccardo: I will attend the T3Camp in Vienna on 24-26 March and I will be probably at the next TYPO3 Developer Days in Malmö.

Marcus: Did you already have a chance to participate at a TYPO3 event? If yes, which one was it? What was special about this?

Riccardo: Years ago, I attended some TYPO3 Camps in Italy and the CertiFuncation Day 2015 near Cologne. I also attended the last Developer Days 2016 and T3Con Italy 2016.

I remember with pleasure the CertiFuncation Day, because it was my first travel to Germany. And because there I’ve met Mathias Schreiber, the person who “enlisted” me for the TYPO3 Army just a couple of months before (2 or 3 months before IIRC). This is a real honor for me. And of course the T3DD: it is a really awesome experience and I recommend everyone to attend it.

Marcus: Do you remember a nice and / or funny epsiode (anecdote),  which you would like to share?

Riccardo: I don’t know if I can tell you 🙂  Well, ok I’ll tell you anyway!

I already told you about the CertiFuncation Day where I met Mathias for the first time by person.

At the end of his talk, I approached him … I remember, I thought “Gosh, this guy is really big.” I was a bit uneasy (consider also, that I am shy) and introduced myself: I think, that he threw me a glance like “Who the hell is this guy?” … And then, when he saw my name on the badge, he shouted: “RICCARDO!!!!!! IT IS YOU!!!!!! YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!!” LOL! I feel embarrassed, because I continued to think “What? But why? I did not do anything special!” 

Marcus: What other activities and hobbies do you have besides TYPO3?

Riccardo: I like reading (also comic books, I guess this qualifies me as a typical nerd). Sometimes I play billiard with my father. I mean, Italian billiard, not the American Pool.

Finally

Thank you, Riccardo!

Marcus: Thank you very much for the answers! Hopefully this interview helps to get to know your person and to find some people who jump in and help you with cleaning up https://forge.typo3.org. I am really looking forward to meet you at the T3camp in Vienna in person!

Thank you, readers!

Thanks to all who were reading until here. I hope you enjoyed the this issue of “Friends of TYPO3”. If you have got more questions, I should ask, please drop me a note. Also if you know somebody, who should be interviewed. You can contact me via Twitter (@MarcusSchwemer), e-mail (marcus@typo3worx.eu) or TYPO3 slack (@mschwemer).

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Last, but not least: Here is Riccardos “Steckbrief”

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