Viranch Mehta is fresh out of college, with experience of one year at Directi Internet Solutions (www.directi.com) as a Developer in Operations. He has done his B.Tech. (ICT) from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (www.daiict.ac.in), Gandhinagar (Gujarat). He has been a student Developer for Google Summer of Code (www.google-melange.com) in 2011 and 2012 with the KDE (www.kde.org) project in college, and a mentor in 2013.
The author has been a Linux and system administration enthusiast since his college days. He has built a lot of Homebrew automation programs using bash/python scripting as daily tasks in college. He started developing extensively with the KDE project, working primarily with the Plasma subproject, and later with the KDE Games subproject. He has also worked on Qt (qt-project.org) applications and writes small-scale software using Qt.
Apart from the work/hobby projects in college, the author has spent a large amount of time as a professional, building and deploying tools for monitoring and alert management. Directi, being an Internet solutions (such as domain name registration, Windows/Linux hosting, contextual advertising, and so on) provider, has a large-scale server and network infrastructure. He has also briefly contributed to Icinga with a few bug fixes.