Today's installment in our Meet the Developers series is Andrew Tridgell, or Tridge as he is universally known. He's one of a handful of "real programmers" on our team (it's his day job; most of us do something by day) who bring world-class software techniques to the project. I've learned a huge amount from him, including a lot of good advice on managing community development projects, which is what Tridge does with Samba.


Over to him!


Name: Andrew Tridgell


Home: Canberra, Australia


DIY Drones role: Works closely with Doug Weibel on MAVLink, APM and library development. Also leading the scripting and automatic testing initiative, along with lots of bug fixes.


Day Job:  Working on the Samba project ( as a software engineer for IBM. I also teach part time at the Australian National University.


Background: I have been working on free software projects for 20 years, mostly related to system software and networking protocols. Before starting to work on free software full time I was a researcher and lecturer in computer science.

Interests: Right now I'm completely obsessed with building UAVs, but it is a very recent obsession, buying my first RC plane just 5 months ago. I got interested in UAVs after hearing about a local team entering the Outback Challenge at a meeting of our local maker group . I thought it would be a great project, and I now spend a couple of hours each night and most weekends working on the project.

I've found that working on APM with the diydrones community is the most fun project I have ever worked on. I think this will be a long term obsession!

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Comment by Ritchie on August 13, 2011 at 5:20am
After seeing Andrew work for about a week and while going through my code I remarked to my Mrs that his coding is like taking painting lessons from Picasso. Brilliant
Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on August 13, 2011 at 10:20am
Thank you Tridge for all your efforts!,

Comment by Mark Colwell on August 13, 2011 at 1:25pm

Nice python utilities for Mavlink great stuff!

Comment by Randy on August 13, 2011 at 6:00pm

Tridge has only joined the team a few months ago but he's had a major impact from day 1 !!

Comment by malcolm churn on August 13, 2011 at 6:23pm

Thanks Tridge for all your hard work!

Comment by Kirill on August 14, 2011 at 6:19am

Nice to meet you, Andrew! And thanks!

Comment by Sandro Benigno on August 14, 2011 at 6:24am

Tridge is a real guru. I'm sure his brain has a wireless connection that will controll the world with MAVLink messages. Many thanks Tridge by the great daily lessons at the dev team. You rock!

Comment by Jeff E on August 14, 2011 at 7:14am

Great stuff from great guy. Looking forward to your fix on the Mag. Bug :D


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