The cat is out of the bag! Nick Schwaderer is back to answer all of Brittany's questions about his new role at Chef. They also dive into graphic design/typography, Ruby's popularity and the new minimal Rails app skeleton generator.
Kelly Sutton is a software engineer at Gusto on their application infrastructure team. He and Brittany discuss his project, TestDesiderata, and his latest blog post, "From 25 Minutes to 7 Minutes: Improving the Performance of a Rails CI Pipeline".
Colby Swandale is a Ruby Engineer at Envato in Melbourne. He is also a core contributor to the Bundler, RubyGems & RubyGems.org projects. Colby recently started a new project called Ruby API to help improve finding and reading Ruby documentation on the web!
Andrew Mason is the lead developer for CodeFund, an ethical advertising platform. When he is not working on CodeFund, he is podcasting on The Ruby Blend or Remote Ruby, writing blog posts, or working on open source projects. He and Brittany discuss his implementation of ViewComponent at CodeFund.
Sean Devine, CEO of XBE, is welcomed back to the show to discuss hiring Rails developers in this climate, introduce XBE's innovative new program for graduating high school seniors ("Gap Here") and reveal the value of a 10x customer. Join Brittany in cheering Sean on to write a book!
Vince Eberle is a Full Stack Developer at 412 Food Rescue. Over the last decade, he has worked on app development on-and-off using Ruby on Rails and EmberJS. He and Brittany discuss coming back to Rails and how powerful Rails can make a developer in a non-profit.
Emily Giurleo works as a Software Engineer at MongoDB, where she helps maintain the MongoDB Ruby Driver and Mongoid Object-Document Mapper for Ruby on Rails. She brought advice on how to successfully onboard a junior engineer in three steps, with the goals of building their trust, instilling confidence in their technical abilities, and enabling them to be an autonomous contributor to your team.
Hilary Stohs-Krause is a co-owner and full-stack software developer at Ten Forward Consulting. She joined Brittany to discuss her upcoming RailsConf 2020.2 Couch Edition session. Together, they explored the root causes of fear and anxiety and how we can start to deliberately rewrite our instincts.
Mark is a lead engineer at Landing, a new platform for providing flexible living solutions for today’s renters. He is also the co-organizer of the Birmingham on Rails conference. He guested on the podcast to propose the simple question: can ActiveStorage be used for image serving in your modern web apps?
Adrianna Chang is a developer intern at Shopify and a member of the inaugural cohort for Shopify’s Dev Degree program, a 4-year work-integrated learning program. She joined Brittany to discuss her latest blog post, "Refactoring Legacy Code with the Strangler Fig Pattern”.
Nick Schwaderer popped on to the show to talk about his recent job search (Ruby & Rails are thriving!) and his recent commit to Rails core. Brittany discussed how she is taking the opportunity to work on her Googlepay gem and the recent conference cancellations.
Philip Poots is the VP of Engineering at ClubCollect, a FinTech startup in Amsterdam. He is a Pareto product programmer, remote advocate and a self proclaimed dilettante. His recent talk, "Rediscovering Ruby" was a big point of discusssion between Brittany and him.
Andy Croll is CTO at CoverageBook & AnswerThePublic, Rubyist, conference organizer of Brighton Ruby, author, speaker, bootstrapper & twin dad. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Andy had to pivot this year's conference into a new experience. He and Brittany discuss the details and the potentially lasting effects on the community.
Ernesto Tagwerker is the Founder of Ombu Labs, a small software development company dedicated to building lean code and reducing tech debt. He and Brittany enthusiastically discuss blockers in upgrading Rails, tech debt and Ernesto's future plans for his code scoring library, Skunk.
Dave Paola was cofounder and CTO at Bloc. He is now the cofounder of Jellyswitch, unleashing the power of the distributed workforce. Dave and Brittany converse about choosing frameworks, bootcamps and frontend frameworks.
Back by popular demand, Brian is back! Brian Mariani, founder of Mirror Placement, a Ruby on Rails focused recruiting firm, came back to share his wisdom on financial negotiations, what it is like to recruit from both the client and developer side and that one overlooked tip to get the job.
Bobbilee Hartman is a Developer Advocate at Square. She is more widely known as the founder of Rails Camp West, the long-standing unplugged retreat for web developers in the United States. She pitches Brittany on attending this year and answers all of her questions about the getaway.
Alexey Chernov is a Ruby on Rails consultant at JetThoughts. Over the years, he has built MVPs and consulted to improve legacy code, scale up the remote team and achieve an effective development process. He and Brittany dive deep into approaching legacy RoR projects.
Molly Struve is a Lead Site Reliability Engineer at DEV, the company that runs the blogging website dev.to. She and Brittany unpack what site reliability means, Molly's fondness of Elasticsearch and how Molly creates all of her witty and educational content.
Penelope Phippen makes Rubyfmt, and was previously a lead maintainer of the RSpec testing framework. She’s been writing Ruby for just about a decade, and still remembers 1.8.6. She and Brittany discuss Rspec, Ruby Central and her thoughts on the Ruby community.
Brittany and Nick continue to celebrate Episode 300 of the podcast! In Part 2 of the episode, they discuss Brittany's topic for ParisRB, setting up and contributing to dev.to and imposter syndrome training with chess and BodyPUMP. Happy New Year!
Brittany and Nick celebrate Episode 300 of the podcast! In Part 1 of the episode, they discuss New Years resolutions, switching back from Windows to MacOS and using Rubyfmt with Atom. A special thanks to you, the listeners, for helping make 300 episodes happen.
It's three's company! CoverMyMeds' engineers, Anne Richardson and Alex Miller, guested on the podcast to discuss CMM's remote developer culture, approach to microservices and commitment to the Ruby community.
DeeDee Lavinder currently works as a Backend Engineer for Spreedly and is a Director with Women Who Code Raleigh/Durham. She helped Brittany understand how encoding works, how Ruby handles encoding issues, and how to strategically debug encoding snafus.
Joe Leo is the CEO of Def Method, an agile Ruby software consultancy, and the co-author of The Well-Grounded Rubyist, Third Edition. He and Brittany discussed functional programming in Ruby and their thoughts on the Ruby community after Rubyconf 2019.
Brittany is live from Rubyconf 2019! Noah Gibbs is a Ruby Fellow for AppFolio, working on the core Ruby language and related tooling. After over 30 years of communicating with computers, Noah now believes that communicating with humans may not be a passing fad, and he's trying it out.
Bindiya Mansharamani, Director of Engineering, & Andrew Derenge, Principal Engineer at RigUp joined Brittany to discuss RigUp's GraphQL design choices, engineering culture and the career path to achieve senior and director level.
Gannon McGibbon is a Software Developer at Shopify. He primarily works on improving codebase health of Shopify's monolithic Rails app. Gannon regularly contributes to open source with commits on Rails, Ruby, and Rubocop. He joined Brittany to discuss his latest blog post, "How to Write Fast Ruby on Rails code".
[Repost from the Bikeshed] On this week's episode, Steph Viccari is joined by Brittany. They discuss Brittany's passion for roller derby and her upcoming Ruby conference talk: "Hire Me, I'm Excellent at Quitting." They also discuss using AWS Serverless, troubleshooting Postgress connection errors and working with Google Pay and Apple Wallet to introduce digital tickets.
Brittany and Nick catch up on happenings in their worlds. Nick started a new gig and Brittany was accepted into Rubyconf as a speaker. Predictably, after discussing upgrading to Rails 6 and releasing new gems, the conversation focused on keyboards.
Polly Schandorf is a Ruby community advocate, a newly minted extreme programmer and an organizer for Ruby for Good. She is also one of the organizers of WeCamp - a code retreat and unconference in the woods in the suburbs of DC. Help Ruby for Good do the good they are trying to do!
John Nunemaker, creator and maintainer of HTTParty and Flipper, regaled Brittany with tales of why he loves Ruby & Rails, his change of mindset on being an open source maintainer and how a post-install hook can inspire even the most grumpy of developers.
Brittany is delighted to have Dan Benjamin, podcaster, writer, software developer, and old school Rails aficionado on the show. He is the founder of the 5by5 Podcast Network and Fireside, a podcast hosting and analytics platform.
Brian Mariani is the founder of Mirror Placement, a Ruby on Rails focused recruiting firm based in Boston. He joined Brittany to reveal how the Rails job market is doing, what accompanying technologies devs should learn, key interview tips and if the fabled fullstack developer is still relevant.
Nancy Sheleheda, Senior Director of Application Development at PCT, joined Brittany to discuss why it is important to learn SQL, to engage in a debate on differences between a developer and a DBA and introduce some great resources to leveling up on SQL.
Steph Viccari, co-host of the Bikeshed and developer at thoughtbot, shared her insights on developer bootcamps, starting out as a developer, the state of Rails, podcasting and her first experience as a consultant.
Over two years and 978 commits, Christine Zagrobelny recounts the evolution of an open source RoR project built with and for New Sanctuary Coalition, an NYC immigrant rights organization, to help them meet exponentially growing demand for their services following the 2016 U.S. election. This podcast was recorded live with Brittany at Abstractions II.
How good are your tests? Would they still pass if the tested code was changed much? If so, there's probably a problem with your code, your tests, or both! Dave Aronson educated Brittany on how Mutation Testing helps reveal these cases.
Scott Hanselman is a programmer, teacher, speaker, technologist, podcaster, writer and a diversity advocate. He joined Britt to explain how Ruby on Rails on Windows can now be an excellent experience. Windows runs Linux at near-native speeds with an actual shipping Linux Kernel using WSL2, Ruby on Rails folks using Windows should do their work in WSL2.
Sean Devine returns to the podcast to discuss a new feature he just shipped (Automatic Production Incident Detection) for XBE. Brittany and Sean discuss the technical implementation, why features should be built and automating your software to use the software you've already written.
Anand Dhillon is responsible for technical development and strategy at Cover as the CTO & Co-Founder. He guested on the podcast this week to discuss Domain Drive Design, Event Driven Architecture and how he implemented machine learning at Cover.
Paul Tarjan is a lifelong nerd, juggler and engineer. Nowadays, he works at Stripe on developer productivity and infrastructural components. He is the technical lead of Sorbet, a new static type checker for Ruby.
Joining Brittany this week is Michael Kelly, a Senior Engineer with Stackshare and a passionate contributor to the open source ecosystem. He is the author of the graphql-cache gem, a caching plugin for graphql-ruby.
Joel Hawksley is a software engineer at GitHub. He recently served as the technical lead for Project Paper Cuts, incorporating feedback from the community into GitHub. He is now the lead on introducing support for ActionView::Component into Rails core.
Nick Schwaderer and Brittany Martin talk about all of the cool things that are happening in their worlds. Tune in to dive into robots, the great cookie debate, Github acquisitions and new features and, of course, keyboards.
Roller Derby Nation is a growing network, dedicated to serving roller derby fans and their skaters. Brittany (Norma Skates) invited its founder, Scott Pio (Veggie Delight), on to the show to discuss dedication to your side hustle and how multi-tenancy can extend your application's reach.
Shawnee is a Fullstack Software Engineer on Square’s Business Operations Platform team. As a maintainer of a platform codebase, her work focuses on creating robust and scalable APIs and abstracting away lower level framework code. Which is what lead to her interest in ruby meta-programming and GraphQL!
Brittany welcomed back Sean Devine, former host of the Ruby on Rails podcast , and now CEO of XBE. Along with catching up, Sean and Brittany discussed betting on solid technologies and his advice for technical CEOs.
Chris Oliver, creator of GoRails and co-host of the Remote Ruby podcast, joined Nick Schwaderer to discuss his experience at Railsconf 2019. They also dive into form builder changes, documentation and ponder when Rails 6 will be released.
Ken Collins is a Staff Engineer at Custom Ink focusing on DevOps and eCommerce in Rails. The minitest advocate recounted the origins of Lamby, a simple Rails & AWS Lambda integration using Rack with Brittany.
Sonja Peterson is a senior software engineer at Devoted Health, working in Go and Typescript. Sonja guested on the show to speak with Brittany about her upcoming RailsConf talk, transitioning to Go and to spill on her favorite crime novels.
Sam Saffron is the co-founder of Discourse and previously a developer at Stack Overflow. He loves writing software, especially performance improvements in Ruby. Sam joined Brittany from Australia to discuss his blog post, "Why I stuck with Windows for 6 years while developing Discourse".
Ubuntu 14.04, a common Ruby on Rails hosting environment, reached its end of life on April 30, 2019. Brittany brought on Justin Snair, Director of Cloud Infrastructure for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, to discuss his custom script for upgrading their hosting environments and his tips for earning AWS certifications.
Guest host, Nick Schwaderer, chatted with Edouard Chin, Production Engineer at Shopify about one of the biggest Rails releases to date: Rails 6. Tune in to hear which features Nick and Edouard are most excited to use at their respective jobs.
Tom Rossi is the cofounder of Higher Pixels, the company behind several Ruby on Rails built web products. He joined Brittany from sunny Florida to talk about transitioning from a client services business to a product company and being intentionally small.
Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, public speaker, and mentor located in Pittsburgh, PA. As the Director of Programming for Abstractions, a multi-disciplinary conference with an open CFP, Sarah offered advice for potential speakers and shared her thoughts on being a generalist.
Jan Krutisch is a software developer from Hamburg, Germany and the cofounder of Depfu.com, a service that helps teams to keep their dependencies up to date. Jan and Brittany discuss dependency management, publishing and marketing tools to developers.
Special Guest Host, Nick Schwaderer, stepped into Brittany's hosting shoes this week to interview Shopify's José Albornoz. Tune in for an insightful conversation about Shopify's infrastructure and how personal bot building makes the world a better place.
Nate Berkopec is the proprietor of Speedshop, a Ruby on Rails performance consultancy. He will be holding a Rails Performance Workshop after Railsconf in Minneapolis. They chatted about performance and their loyalty for the Ruby community.
Jason Charnes is a web developer, podcaster (Remote Ruby), husband, and dad who is part of the team of run.rb, a Ruby emulator in the browser. After discussing their mutual love of Ruby, Brittany and Jason discuss the importance of mental health awareness in the developer community.
Brittany is on the road in NYC! Her company is a new client with thoughtbot, a creative studio that helps clients build applications. Brittany took a coffee break to chat with Sarah Dawson, their newest apprentice about thoughtbot's apprenticeship program, the thin line between junior developer and established developer and her initial reaction to Rails.
Emily is the CEO of Shine Registry, a startup built on Rails that’s working on reshaping tradition to increase gender equity in entrepreneurship. Brittany has been consulting on the project so she invited Emily on to discuss prototyping an application quickly in RoR, being a non-technical founder and how our listeners can get involved with Shine Registry.
On December 28th, the CFP opened for Railsconf 2019. This year’s conference will be from April 30 to May 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marty Haught, one of the Directors of Ruby Central, came on to answer your burning Railsconf questions.
Now it’s possible to write Lambda functions as idiomatic Ruby code, and run them on AWS. Joining Brittany is Alex Wood, the software engineer working on the AWS SDK for Ruby and author of the AWS Lambda Ruby runtime.
Jets is a framework that allows you to create serverless applications with Ruby. Tung Nguyen joined Brittany to discuss his passion for contributing to open source, DevOps and joining them together in the Ruby community.
Jason Swett is a developer, speaker, trainer, author and host of The Ruby Testing Podcast. Jason joined Brittany to discuss legacy Ruby on Rails applications: how to identify them and tackle their challenges from a testing standpoint.
Ankita Gupta works as an engineer at honestbee where she has been working on transitioning honestbee's monolith to smaller services. Brittany met Ankita at Rubyconf Malaysia and invited her to the show to discuss integrating GraphQL into a pre-existing Rails application.
William Morgan, this week's guest, is a core maintainer of Linkerd and co-founder of Buoyant, creators of Linkerd. Prior to Buoyant, he was an infrastructure engineer at Twitter, where he helped move Twitter from monolith to microservices.
On August 15th, GitHub celebrated a major milestone: their main application is now running on the latest version of Rails: 5.2.1! Upgrading Rails on an application as large and as trafficked as GitHub is no small task. Eileen M. Uchitelle, better known as @eileencodes, came on to the show to discuss the upgrade and supporting multiple databases in Rails 6.
Action Text is a new framework coming to Rails 6 to make it easier to create, edit, and display rich text content within an app. Brittany invited Javan Makhmali, programmer at Basecamp, on to the show to get the scoop.
Brittany put her tickets aside to invite her web team at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Patrick FitzGerald (Director of eCommerce) and Danielle Greaves (Frontend Developer) on to the show. They discuss their origin stories, their team dynamics and their favorite aspects of Rails.
Brittany's official debut as the host of the podcast! Brittany invites Nick Schwaderer, Ruby on Rails engineer at OceansHQ, on to the podcast to discuss meaningfully leveling up your open-source participation. They dive into Nick's first contribution to Rails core.
Logan McDonald joins Britt to discuss upgrading Kickstarter's main applications to Rails 5. They discuss the steps they took and lessons learned from the upgrade. If you're still riding Rails 4, this episode is definitely for you.
If you're remote, you know that time zones can be rough. This week, Kyle speaks to Joel about his recent remote experiences, how to unwind when you're remote, and the best way to eat a bunch of junk fair food.
Brian joins Kyle again this week to talk CSS, pre-compilers, and the greatest in front-end design. We talk Boostrap, SCSS, asset pipeline, and how far we've come on the front-end in the last few years.
This week, Kyle chats with Wynn Netherland from Librato about his REST API history, what building APIs with Rails and Ruby is like these days, and what he thinks about GraphQL in its quest to be the new Platform.
This week Kyle is joined again by Britt who is giving a few talks coming up. Kyle and Britt talk about preparation styles, tips for giving talks, and how to not become a viral video. Also, Britt discusses how having more real-time information in her Rails app would be useful and the pros and cons of a few options.
Kyle is joined by Brian who has made a cross country move back to the mid-west. Brian talks about a new project that he's looking to undertake and how to get started solving it with Rails. Finally, we check back in on programming fonts.
Kyle is joined by Joel to get an update on Shubox, its redesign, and what it's like to be Product Hunted. They discuss some reports of Rails' death and what it means for developers. Spoiler alert: the reports are greatly exaggerated.
After a bit of a haitus, Kyle is back and introducing you to the newest co-host, Britt Martin! Learn about her background and the group affinity for Hamilton.
The Ruby on Rails Podcast returns weekly starting August 1st!
With Patriot's Day arriving soon to take over Boston, Kyle invites Joel back to talk about what he's been up to, GraphQL finally hitting the big time, and what it's like to be in Boston on Marathon Monday.
On this episode, Brian joins again to talk about the consequences of poor design when it comes to air travel. We talk about dog-fooding, flying away, and how Delta could best spend their money. It's all technology related, I promise.
This week I invite Brian Nelson, a friend who is a designer and developer, to talk about what it's like to use Rails as a designer, how he handle developers doing design, and talk about a few new fonts and editor tools.