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Ruby on Rails Podcast

340 episodes - English - Latest episode: 8 days ago - ★★★★ - 34 ratings

The Ruby on Rails Podcast, a weekly conversation about Ruby on Rails,open source software, and the programming profession. Hosted by Brittany Martin.

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341: Fearless Principles with Jason Taylor

October 21, 2020 10:00 - 23 minutes - 21.9 MB

Jason Taylor is currently a Principal Software Engineer at TextUs. He has been a software engineer for 15 years but it is his first ever podcast appearance! He and Brittany dig into what being a principal means (key: confidence) and discuss some spooky Rails horror stories.

340: dry-rb, ROM.rb & “My Time with Rails is Up” with Piotr Solnica

October 14, 2020 10:00 - 29 minutes - 26.9 MB

Ruby is more than Rails. Brittany welcomed Piotr Solnica, Senior Ruby Backend Engineer at and creator of ROM.rb and dry-rb core team member to the show to discuss his new job, OSS contributions and why he left Rails.

339: kuby & Rails Deployments with Cameron Dutro

October 07, 2020 12:00 - 28 minutes - 26.5 MB

Cameron Dutro believes we need Active Deployment like we have Active Record and Active Storage. That's what kuby is - an easy way to deploy your Ruby on Rails application without getting your dev-ops black belt first.

338: Learn Someday & Tech for Good with Rachel Green

September 30, 2020 11:30 - 26 minutes - 24.3 MB

Rachel Green is a web developer based in Houston, Texas with experience in building B2B, e-commerce, and enterprise applications. She is an admin for the Ruby on Rails Slack group and is also involved with civic engagement and advocacy efforts and is passionate about the potential for tech to do good for others.

337: Chipping Away at a Monolith with Tori Huang

September 23, 2020 11:30 - 26 minutes - 24.6 MB

Tori Huang, software engineer at Gusto, and her team recently embarked on a journey toward unbundling part of Gusto’s monolithic Ruby on Rails app. She and Brittany discuss knowing when to uncouple a service and how to identify orphan code.

336: Brittany Has A New Job(!) && Co-Host Catchup

September 16, 2020 12:00 - 34 minutes - 31.3 MB

It's been hinted around but Brittany has a new job! She is the new Backend Engineering Lead at TextUs. She invites Nick back to the show to pepper her with questions about switching, remote work and a new codebase. In turn, Brittany asks Nick for an update on Past Rubies.

335: AllTrails is All Rails with James Graham

September 09, 2020 18:00 - 23 minutes - 21.4 MB

As the leader of the AllTrails Engineering team, James Graham and his team are responsible for expanding AllTrails beyond a functional tool to a fun and personalized, trail discovery experience all supported by highly scalable web services -- including Ruby on Rails.

334: Simple Lovable Complete with Michael Springer

September 02, 2020 12:00 - 20 minutes - 19.1 MB

The announcer of the podcast, Michael Springer guested on the show. Michael is a software engineer at JazzHR and he spends his free time tinkering on hobbyist projects ranging from writing chat bots to building plastic robots.

333: Logic That Serverless Logic with Ken Collins

August 26, 2020 12:00 - 22 minutes - 20.5 MB

Ken Collins is an AWS Serverless Hero & Principal Engineer at Custom Ink where he focuses on growing their DevOps culture within the Ecommerce teams. With a love for the Ruby programming language and serverless, Ken continues his open source Rails career by focusing on solutions that leverage AWS Lambda with Rails using a gem called Lamby.

332: 2020 Ruby on Rails Community Survey with Robby Russell

August 19, 2020 17:00 - 30 minutes - 27.9 MB

Robby is the creator of Oh My Z-Shell, host of the Maintainable Software Podcast, and CEO of Planet Argon. On his second appearance, he and Brittany review the results of the 2020 Ruby on Rails Community Survey.

330: Oh My Zsh & Maintainable Rails with Robby Russell

August 12, 2020 11:30 - 31 minutes - 28.9 MB

Making his first appearance since 2018, Robby Russell is back on the show. Robby is the creator of Oh My Z-Shell, host of the Maintainable Software Podcast, and CEO of Planet Argon, a software consultancy that improves existing Ruby on Rails applications and makes them more maintainable.

329: All My Best Programming Tips with Jason Swett

August 06, 2020 12:00 - 33 minutes - 30.5 MB

Jason Swett is a developer, speaker, author and the host of The Rails with Jason podcast. He and Brittany discussed bringing diversity into the podcasting space and some of his favorite tips from his blog post, "All my best programming tips".

328: rails new cool_app --minimal with Haroon Ahmed

July 29, 2020 11:00 - 26 minutes - 24.3 MB

This week, Brittany is joined by Haroon Ahmed, a programmer from Coventry, UK. He is a Hacker, Rubyist, and open source contributor. They discuss his latest contribution to Rails (--minimal) and how OS can open up career opportunities for developers.

327: JetBrains & RubyMine with Natalie Kudanova

July 22, 2020 11:00 - 16 minutes - 15.5 MB

Natalie Kudanova is a product marketing manager for JetBrains RubyMine, an IDE for Ruby and Rails developers. She helps the RubyMine team understand the needs of their users. In this short episode, she and Brittany discuss the best way to reach Ruby developers and IDE innovations.

326: Job Searching and Hiring Advice During the Pandemic with Brian Mariani

July 15, 2020 12:00 - 27 minutes - 25 MB

A timely episode for the employers hiring and the Ruby developers looking for work during the pandemic. After a heartfelt story, Brian Mariani, founder of Mirror Placement, revealed hiring patterns and honest advice for these unprecedented times.

325: [REPOST] Ruby Blend: Open Sourcing a Ruby Gem with Brittany Martin

July 08, 2020 12:00 - 56 minutes - 52.1 MB

Brittany guested on the Ruby Blend! The hosts counsel her on opensourcing her googlepay gem. They then dive into how important README's are, useful tools for documentation, a project from Evil Martians, a gem called Combustion, and RSpec API documentation.

324: Rails::Engine with Vladimir Dementyev

July 01, 2020 14:00 - 23 minutes - 21.6 MB

Vladimir Dementyev is a mathematician who found his happiness in programming Ruby and Erlang, contributing to open source and being an Evil Martian. He is the author of AnyCable, TestProf and an advocate for building monoliths with Rails Engines.

323: Keen to Keeping Using Ruby with Nick Schwaderer

June 24, 2020 11:00 - 28 minutes - 26.6 MB

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.

322: Rails CI Pipeline Performance with Kelly Sutton

June 17, 2020 11:30 - 25 minutes - 23.9 MB

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".

321: Ruby API and Bundler with Colby Swandale

June 10, 2020 11:00 - 30 minutes - 27.7 MB

Colby Swandale is a Ruby Engineer at Envato in Melbourne. He is also a core contributor to the Bundler, RubyGems & projects. Colby recently started a new project called Ruby API to help improve finding and reading Ruby documentation on the web!

320: ViewComponents in Action with Andrew Mason

May 27, 2020 11:00 - 27 minutes - 25.2 MB

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.

319: Gap Here and 10x Customers with Sean Devine

May 20, 2020 11:00 - 36 minutes - 33.4 MB

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!

318: Error Messages Are Your Friends with Gina Verrastro

May 13, 2020 11:00 - 21 minutes - 19.7 MB

Gina Verrastro is a Rubyist, writer, and proud graduate of LEARN Academy. She is a Tech Support Engineer at SOCi who specializes in taking the most optimistic view of every bug-hunting situation.

317: Coming Home to Rails with Vince Eberle

May 06, 2020 11:00 - 34 minutes - 32 MB

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.

316: MongoDB and Onboarding Junior Developers with Emily Giurleo

April 29, 2020 10:00 - 28 minutes - 26.6 MB

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.

315: Worrying About the Wrong Things with Hilary Stohs-Krause

April 22, 2020 13:00 - 31 minutes - 29.2 MB

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.

314: Active Storage & Modern Images with Mark Hutter

April 16, 2020 11:00 - 29 minutes - 27.1 MB

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?

313: Strangler Fig Pattern & God Objects with Adrianna Chang

April 09, 2020 10:00 - 30 minutes - 27.9 MB

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”.

312: (PFN) Podcasting From Home with Brittany & Nick

April 02, 2020 11:00 - 30 minutes - 28 MB

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.

311: Pareto Product Programming with Philip Poots

March 26, 2020 11:00 - 30 minutes - 27.8 MB

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.

310: Pivoting Brighton Ruby 2020 with Andy Croll

March 19, 2020 12:00 - 26 minutes - 24.7 MB

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.

309: Upgrading Rails & Skunk for Scoring with Ernesto Tagwerker

March 12, 2020 11:00 - 28 minutes - 26.6 MB

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.

308: Open Source Groundskeeping with Kurtis Rainbolt-Greene

February 27, 2020 12:00 - 28 minutes - 26.1 MB

Kurtis Rainbolt-Greene is a New Orleans born software engineer living in LA, 13 years into his career. He prefers Ruby, Javascript, and Elixir, but he has played with loads of languages. Brittany and he discuss the concept of important opinions and the steps he took to take over maintainership of the VCR gem.

307: Choosing the Right Tech Stack with Dave Paola

February 13, 2020 15:30 - 31 minutes - 28.8 MB

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.

306: Ask For The Job with Brian Mariani (Part II)

February 05, 2020 13:00 - 33 minutes - 31.1 MB

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.

305: Rails Camp USA with Bobbilee Hartman

January 30, 2020 13:00 - 21 minutes - 20.2 MB

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.

304: Legacy Code Wisdom with Alexey Chernov

January 23, 2020 12:00 - 19 minutes - 17.8 MB

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.

303: Site Reliability at DEV with Molly Struve

January 16, 2020 12:00 - 31 minutes - 28.6 MB

Molly Struve is a Lead Site Reliability Engineer at DEV, the company that runs the blogging website She and Brittany unpack what site reliability means, Molly's fondness of Elasticsearch and how Molly creates all of her witty and educational content.

302: Ruby Autoformatter! with Penelope Phippen

January 09, 2020 12:00 - 40 minutes - 37.4 MB

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.

301: Episode 300 Celebration: Part 2

January 02, 2020 12:00 - 24 minutes - 22.6 MB

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 and imposter syndrome training with chess and BodyPUMP. Happy New Year!

300: Episode 300 Celebration: Part 1

December 26, 2019 11:00 - 28 minutes - 26.1 MB

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.

299: Cover My Culture with Anne Richardson and Alex Miller

December 19, 2019 16:00 - 23 minutes - 21.7 MB

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.

298: How to Become an Encoding Champion with DeeDee Lavinder

December 10, 2019 21:00 - 27 minutes - 25.7 MB

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.

297: The Functional Rubyist with Joe Leo

November 25, 2019 11:00 - 36 minutes - 33.6 MB

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.

296: Conscious Coding Practice with Noah Gibbs

November 20, 2019 17:00 - 34 minutes - 32.1 MB

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.

295: Power the World with Rails with Bindiya Mansharamani & Andrew Derenge

November 11, 2019 21:00 - 25 minutes - 23.3 MB

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.

294: The Career Advice I Wish I Had with Ali Spittel

November 05, 2019 23:00 - 32 minutes - 30 MB

Ali Spittel loves teaching people to code. She blogs a lot about code and her life as a developer. Brittany and Ali discuss the lessons behind Ali's blog post, "The Career Advice I Wish I Had".

293: Speed as a Feature with Gannon McGibbon

October 29, 2019 20:45 - 14 minutes - 13.7 MB

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".

292: Finesse in Quitting (Brittany Martin on the Bikeshed)

October 23, 2019 16:00 - 42 minutes - 39.1 MB

[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.

291: New Gigs, Rails 6 Upgrade Confessions and Rubyconf Hype

October 15, 2019 17:00 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

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.


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