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Computing science Author

I graduated in 2000 with an Engineering degree in Computer science (Isima) and a Master's degree (Dea) in Operations research. Since then I've been a Development Engineer, since 2016 as a Freelancer. For a few years I've been writing Computer science books in French, published by Éditions ENI (author page). Among others: WPF in 2017, C# Exam 70-483 in 2018 (no longer sold by the publisher but available on Amazon), Quantum Computing with Microsoft Q# then Pygame (1st ed.) in 2019, PyQt5 in 2021, Rust in 2022 and the 2nd edition of Pygame in 2023. The Spanish edition of Pygame (2nd ed.) is published in July 2023 by Ediciones ENI. The book is also available on Amazon. In January 2024, I completed writing a book about NLP with Python. The book is scheduled to be released on May 7th, 2024. I have also shot videos with Éditions ENI: Flask (1h44) in 2020, Quantum Computing (1h22) in 2023 and a coming video (recorded on the 2024-02-21) about OCaml language.

Since 2019, I've been writing articles for the Computer science magazine Programmez! about various topics, Pygame, Quantum Computing. I've also spoken at Programmez! Devcon #10 and #18 about Quantum computing. I organized and participated as a speaker in Devcon #19 100% GreenIT, in April 2023 in Lyon, France. In December 2023, I had the opportunity to write two articles in the special issue number 13 of Programmez! titled The Revolutions of Quantum Computing". One was an Quantum computing introductory article, and the other focused on Rust and Quantum computing.


Non-Computing topics Author

I'm passionate about a wide range of subjects, such as cycling, history of sport, industrial History, local culture, cuisine, social movement, quantum physics, music, amusement parks, video games, and so on.

I wrote about cycling (list of articles) for the DirectVelo website from 2015 until around 2020. I also auto-published a short biography of cycling champion Jean Forestier. Since 2020, I've been writing biographical entries (list of articles) for the Dictionaries Le Maitron. From 2018 to 2023, as a local press correspondent, I wrote numerous articles in Le Journal de la Côtière (list of articles), then in Bugey-Côtière (list of articles), mostly about local history and local sport. I've been studying Sociology since 2008, obtaining a Bachelor's degree (2010) and then a Master's degree (2013). I'm currently pursuing a Phd in Sociology about the literary work of Guillaume Dustan. I occasionally write about Human sciences, like this book chapter about Wikipedia (2021). Other publications in the Humanities are supposed to be listed on my CV HAL.


Photography

I take photographs every day, wherever I am, mainly with my smartphone, which I then upload to Wikimedia Commons under a CC0 license: Photographs category on Wikimedia Commons (>42.000 photographs, 2023-08-20), Latest photographs uploaded, represents about 8 photographs per day. Since January 2024, my recent Wikimedia Commons uploads are automatically retweeted by this bot @StatWiki. I also programmed PyCommonist, a Python/PyQt6 software which lets you upload images, videos, sounds to Wikimedia Commons. When I can't upload to Wikimedia Commons (for copyright reasons), I upload them to Flickr in the meantime.

I'm also involved in two collaborative projects in which photography is central: Photographes en Rhône-Alpes (a project by Lyon's municipal library documenting the Lyon region) and Pss-Archi (a website making an inventory relating to architecture and urban planning).


Radio

I produced and presented the weekly radio program Culture(s) Numérique(s) on Radio Pluriel in 2019-2020. All 37 podcasts are here, some under CC0 license on Wikimedia Commons. I also produced In 2022-2023 a monthly radio column about digital, on RCF Pays de l'Ain, Instant(s) Numérique(s).


Collaborative knowledge projects

I've been a Wikipedian since November 2010; sometimes I write articles in Wikipedia in French. I contribute daily to Wikimedia Commons transversally with Wikidata and OpenStreetMap. I also contribute to iNaturalist. I also occasionally contribute to Open Food Facts.