A long time open-source programmer, Gabriele has been writing Linux/Unix applications in C and C++ for over 10 years, specialising in search engines and web analytics with large databases. Gabriele has a degree in Statistics from the University of Florence. His areas of expertise are data mining and data warehousing, having worked on web traffic analysis in Australia and Italy. Gabriele is a consultant with 2ndQuadrant and an active member of the international PostgreSQL community. Gabriele currently lives in Prato, a small but vibrant city located in the northern part of Tuscany, Italy. His second home is Melbourne, Australia, where he has studied at Monash University and worked in the ICT sector. His hobbies include "calcio" (football or soccer, depending on which part of the world you come from) and playing his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar.