Gian Maria Ricci
A short biography
Gian Maria Ricci is the author of the macro which converts the articles written for Free Software Magazine into XML.
He had his first computer (a Commodore Vic20) at the age of 12, and he hasn't stopped programming since. He enjoyed various languages: C/C++, 80x86 assembly, Visual Basic, Basic, Pascal and even Fortran and Cobol.
While studying at university he became passionate about computer graphics and founded nablasoft group with some of his colleagues.
In 2003 he installed the Playstation2 Linux kit, and spent his Christmas holidays at home writing a tutorial that can be downloaded here.
After obtaining a degree in Electronic Engineering, he began to work as an independent consultant in Italy. His work ranged from software development to administration of Windows 2000/2003 domains. In 2004 he began writing articles for the Italian magazines DEV and Computer Programming.
His interests are: role playing (he played D&D since he was 11), Japanese manga and anime, kick boxing, skateboarding and heavy metal music. He plays the saxophone and the guitar, but he doesn't have a band due to lack of time (he spends all his time programming!).