Ashton Kemerling


About Me

Hi! I’m Ashton. I’m a polyglot programmer based out of Chicago. I work for DRW Trading.

While I’ve worked in a lot of OOP languages, I’m really a functional programmer at heart. I have professional experience in Common Lisp, and have played with every functional language I’ve come across. Previously I played around with Lisp, Haskell, and Erlaing, but these days I mostly work with Clojure. I think Clojure and ClojureScript are a particularly compelling combination for the future of functional programming, and I really love working with it.

On the side I work on a few open source projects, including Butler, my Emacs plugin for Jenkins and friends. This project was started after a short stint using Eclipse, which made me realize how much I needed CI information brought directly to me in my editor. Butler works by using Jenkins JSON API to check on the status of jobs, view progress, and trigger new ones.

Outside of programming I’m a bicyclist and amateur photographer. More uniquely (at least for a programmer) I’m a big fan of anything historical; I can make my own chainmaille, both armor and jewelry, and am currently taking classes in medieval swordsmanship.

My fiance introduced me into hiking and camping. She is also a writer and a Partner Engineer for Twitter. We have two cats, Abe and Woz, who are brothers and co-conspirators in all our household mischief.