(born April 18
; formerly known as Autrijus Tang
) is a Taiwanese free software programmer
, who has been described as one of the "ten greats of Taiwanese computing."
Tang showed an early interest in computers, beginning to learn Perl
at age 12. Two years later, Tang dropped out of high school, unable to adapt to student life. By the year 2000, at the age of 19, Tang had already held positions in software companies, and worked in California's Silicon Valley
as an entrepreneur. In late 2005, she changed both her English and Chinese names and began to live her life as a woman, citing a need to "reconcile [her] outward appearance with [her] self-image". Taiwan's Eastern Television
reports that she has an IQ
of 180. She is a vocal proponent for autodidacticism
and individualist anarchism
Free software contributions
Tang is best known for initiating and leading the Pugs
project, a joint effort from the Haskell
communities to implement the Perl 6
language; she has also made contributions to internationalization and localization
efforts for several Free Software
programs, including SVK
, Request Tracker
(for which she also wrote a large portion of the code) and Slash
, as well as heading Traditional Chinese
translation efforts for various Open Source
On CPAN, Tang initiated over 100 Perl projects between June 2001 and July 2006, including the popular Perl Archive Toolkit (PAR), a cross-platform packaging and deployment tool for Perl 5. She is also responsible for setting up smoke test and digital signature systems for CPAN. In October 2005, she was a speaker at O'Reilly Media's European Open Source Convention in Amsterdam.
- Aker, Brian; Krieger, David; Chen Wei-hung, Chang Chih-jung, Huang Chun-ying, Lin Chih-pin, Lin Ke-huan, Liu Kang-min, Tang Chung-han, Weng Chien-ting (translators) (2003). 架設 Slash 社群網站 (Running Weblogs with Slash). Taipei, Taiwan: O'Reilly Media. ISBN 986-7794-22-2.