About the show

The Ruby on Rails Podcast, a weekly conversation about Ruby on Rails, open source software, and the programming profession. Co-hosted by Elise Shaffer, Brian Mariani, Jemma Issroff and Nick Schwaderer. Edited by Peachtree Sound.

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  • Episode 498: Remote Ruby X The Ruby on Rails Podcast

    December 6th, 2023  |  50 mins 7 secs

    I joined the Chris and Andrew from Remote Ruby to talk about podcasting, the beauty of the Ruby language, Ruby outside of Rails, and why you should probably be using a state machine. It was so fun getting to talk with them and I hope you enjoy this conversation.

  • Episode 497: Rachel Moser on The Odin Project

    November 29th, 2023  |  23 mins 40 secs

    Rachel is a core maintainer to The Odin Project, an open source education project that helps people learn Ruby and Javascript. She joined me on the show to talk about the project, how she became involved, and her role with the team.

  • Episode 496: Live From The RubyConf Hallway Track

    November 22nd, 2023  |  26 mins 20 secs

    I attended Ruby Conf and took the opportunity to chat with some attendees about their experience at the conference. This was a super fun experiment and getting to hear from new voices in the community was such a treat. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Episode 495: Marc Reynolds on Packwerk

    November 8th, 2023  |  32 mins 20 secs
  • Episode 494: Rails World Live! Pt 2 with Nick Schwaderer and Rafael França

    November 1st, 2023  |  38 mins 8 secs

    Nick was at Rails World earlier this month and took the chance to chat with Raphael França about his work on the Rails Core team and releasing a new version of Rails.

  • Episode 493: Rails World Live! Pt.1 With Nick Schwaderer and Andrew Mason

    October 25th, 2023  |  31 mins 36 secs

    Nick was at Rails World earlier this month and took the chance to chat with Andrew Mason about podcasting, engaging with the Ruby community, how interest rates impact the tech industry, Turbo , and some of the new things announced at Rails World.

  • Episode 492: Vladimir Dementyev on Layered Design

    October 18th, 2023  |  29 mins 45 secs

    Vladimir is a backend engineer from Mars, or Evil Martians, a consultancy specialized in product development for startups and developer tools. Vladimir is known for his work on many open-source projects in the Ruby on Rails world, such as AnyCable, Action Policy, TestProf and many more. He recently published the book Layered Design for Ruby on Rails Applications.

  • Episode 491: Reflecting on Rocky Mountain Ruby with Bekki Freeman

    October 11th, 2023  |  24 mins 21 secs

    Bekki Freeman has been working with Ruby and Rails for 8 years. Recently, she helped organize the Rocky Mountain Ruby conference. She joins Elise this week to reflect on the conference, talk about what it was like organizing, and make some karaoke plans with Elise

  • Episode 490: Ruby On Rails As A Career Choice with Olly Headey

    October 4th, 2023  |  27 mins 12 secs

    Olly Headey joined the show to talk with Elise about his recent blog post concerning the future of Ruby on Rails as a career. We discuss his post, some survey data, and talk about software developers might want to think about this question.

  • Episode 489: Hello, Elise! Goodbye, Brittany.

    September 27th, 2023  |  19 mins 55 secs

    Elise Shaffer is a trans woman and Staff Software Engineer who loves Ruby and Ruby on Rails. She is also the new host of this podcast! Brittany announces her retirement from the show after a five year run as the host. In this special episode, the pair discuss Brittany's favorite moments from her run, get to know Elise and discuss any upcoming changes for the show.

  • Episode 488: Rubyconf 2023 Preview with Allison McMillan and Chelsea Kaufman

    September 20th, 2023  |  33 mins 48 secs

    Special co-host Kevin Murphy joined Brittany this week to interview Allison McMillan and Chelsea Kaufman, co-chairs of the upcoming Rubyconf 2023 happening in San Diego. The quartet discussed lessons learned from Railsconf 2023, the approach to thinking about and planning this year's Rubyconf and what is new and different at the event.

  • Episode 487: Building the Rails World Application with Shami Tomita and Eric Halverson

    September 13th, 2023  |  27 mins 11 secs

    Rails World needed a website! Did you want to be on the small team that helps build it? Shami Tomita and Eric Halverson certainly did and so they came on to the show to talk about their experience and the tech stack behind the conferencing app. Backed by Daniel Rassiner and Cody Norman, the crew talked about supporting Juniors and conference tips.

  • Episode 486: High Performance PostgreSQL for Rails with Andrew Atkinson

    September 6th, 2023  |  31 mins 29 secs

    If you love taking about databases, this is the episode for you. Ahead of the launch of his new book, High Performance PostgreSQL for Rails, Andrew Atkinson joined the show with special guest co-host, Pat Bair, to talk about why he wrote a book, why he focused on PostgreSQL and his favorite feature from the upcoming 7.1 release.

  • Episode 485: A Ticket Giveaway and Kamal / Kemal (Brittany + Nick)

    August 30th, 2023  |  33 mins 2 secs

    Nick is heading to Rails World to represent the show and he has a ticket to giveaway to a lucky listener! The pair talk about doing hard things first, the renaming of MRSK to Kamal and then a random deep dive on our show's archives. Check out the show notes for giveaway details!

  • Episode 484: Level Up in Learning with Ariel Fogel

    August 23rd, 2023  |  25 mins 41 secs

    Ariel Fogel is a software engineer with an enduring soft spot in his heart for Ruby and Rails. Since graduating from Dev Bootcamp, he has found himself driven by finding ways to improve the quality of education for coders and non-coders alike. Brittany and Ariel discuss how engineers can level up in how they learn.

  • Episode 483: Minimum Viable Answer (Brittany + Jemma)

    August 16th, 2023  |  22 mins 18 secs

    After celebrating Jemma's newly established status as a Ruby core member, Brittany and Jemma discuss what is happening with Brittany at work, including taking some customer calls. The two hosts also talk about the important skill of being able to know your audience and how to communicate to non-technical stakeholders. They wrap up discussing AI fitness.