Saul Pwanson

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About Saul Pwanson

Hi there!  My name is Saul, and I've been programming since I was a kid in the '80s.  In 2016 I turned 40 and reflected on my career, and while I had written some really useful tools over the years, that code was all owned by my employers and no one else would ever be able to use them--not even me!  So I decided to rewrite one of those tools "Once And For All" (OAFA), and the result was VisiData, a terminal-based supertool for tabular data.  After 5 years, VisiData is now a mature open-source project, with thousands of active users, a growing community, a well-maintained issue list, and regular releases.

I spend a fair amount of time maintaining VisiData, but currently I'm also working on three (related) projects:

- Dataverter, a CLI utility and Python library that streams the data from any* file format or URL and allows you to transform and save it in any* format.
- VisiData Plus, a bundle of VisiData enhancements and alternate interfaces that are out of scope for core VisiData (like the experimental web scraping interface, or Galactic Conquest, an old-school multiplayer space strategy game).
- (with the Devottys), an ssh/telnet server with the best terminal software and textpunk games around.

I'm deeply committed to open source and open data, but I'm also committed to sustainable personal economics.  So for now, these projects are not Open Source, but they are source-code available and free for non-commercial use.  They will be released as open-source eventually, but in the meantime, subscribing to this Patreon will both support me and give you license to use them in your paid work.

And of course if you are a fellow data and/or terminal nerd, I would love to hear from you regardless--please send me a note at [email protected] and tell me what you've been working on.

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