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 Brittany Martin, Brian Mariani, Jemma Issroff and Nick Schwaderer. Produced by Mirror Placement. Edited by Peachtree Sound.


  • Episode 436: The RoR Podcast x Rubber Duck Dev Show: Engineering Manager vs. Product Manager

    September 21st, 2022  |  50 mins 36 secs

    Brittany returns to the the Rubber Duck Dev Show! In this episode, Chris and Creston discuss the different viewpoints and objectives for engineering managers vs. product managers with Brittany Martin & Josh Gaastra.

  • Episode 435: My Boss is Here with Joel Schlundt

    September 14th, 2022  |  24 mins 39 secs

    Joel Schlundt is the CTO of TextUs and Brittany's boss. After diving into two origin stories, the pair discuss the Senior Backend Engineer role they are hiring for, applications they never want to build again and the importance of off-sites for remote teams. They cap the conversation off with a horror story.

  • Episode 434: All Things RubyConf Mini (Brittany + Jemma)

    September 7th, 2022  |  28 mins 51 secs

    Jemma, one of the co-organizers of RubyConf Mini, chats with Brittany on why she decided to organize RubyConf Mini (November 15 - November 17, 2022 in Providence, Rhode Island). The two co-hosts discuss CFPs, organizing challenges and more importantly, who should consider attending RubyConf Mini. They also celebrate Jemma getting her Japanese visa for RubyKaigi 2022.

  • Episode 433: The One About Layoffs (Brittany + Brian)

    August 31st, 2022  |  28 mins 23 secs

    The tech industry is in unprecedented times with the amount of layoffs happening. Brittany and Brian share their personal layoff stories and offer some advice to laid off employees, retained employees and companies. While empathizing with the shock layoffs cause, the duo offer some silver linings.

  • Episode 432: All Aboard Bootcamp with John Crepezzi

    August 24th, 2022  |  36 mins 29 secs

    Brittany welcomes John Crepezzi, founder of All Aboard Bootcamp, on to the show. After geeking out over John's storied career path through Ruby (including the ISMs at Genius) the two dive into why and how John created a free Ruby/Rails/JS bootcamp for under-represented groups.

  • Episode 431: For the Love of Consulting and the Cloud with Mina Slater

    August 17th, 2022  |  28 mins 1 sec

    Mina Slater is a developer on Mission Control, thoughtbot's DevOps and SRE team and serves as a Scholarship program organizer with Ruby Central. Mina details why it is humbling to embrace the cloud and what SRE means. She and Brittany then share their hot takes consulting versus working on a product team.

  • Episode 430: Dearly Departed (Brittany + Jemma)

    August 10th, 2022  |  27 mins 9 secs

    After congratulating Jemma on her talk acceptance to RubyKaigi, the duo discuss how to handle when a co-worker is departing. From handling communication to acknowledging the importance of the departing, it's a topic that should resonate with many developers. They wrap up exclaiming over first #rubyfriend.

  • Episode 429: Rubber Duck Dev Show with Chris Booth and Creston Jamison

    August 3rd, 2022  |  53 mins 11 secs

    Brittany guested on the Rubber Duck Dev Show, a livestream with two Rubyists (Chris & Creston) who chat live about all the aspects of development. They talk over the origins of how Brittany became the host of The Ruby on Rails Podcast and their thoughts and struggles on project management.

  • Episode 428: From Developer to CEO with Irina Nazarova

    July 27th, 2022  |  25 mins 49 secs

    Irina Nazarova is the CEO of Evil Martians, a consulting company known as authors of PostCSS, AnyCable, imgproxy, and many blog posts and tutorials. She and Brittany discuss both her developer and CEO origin stories, sustainable opensource, leading really talented developers and Google Apps Script.

  • Episode 427: Nick is an Influencer (Brittany + Nick)

    July 20th, 2022  |  29 mins 15 secs

    Nick is officially an influencer! After Nick accidentally launched a co-host of Rubyists learning Japanese (including Brittany!), the duo chat about learning styles and recommended podcasts. Oh, and upgrade your Rails applications, listeners!

  • Episode 426: Neurodiversity and Starting a Podcast with Julie J

    July 13th, 2022  |  30 mins 32 secs

    Making her podcast debut, Julie J is a junior engineer at Codecademy from Skillsoft. Julie answers Brittany's questions about how she learned to code, her role at Codecademy and her involvement in the Neurodivergent ERG at Codecademy. Then, Julie reveals her plans for a new podcast in the Ruby community!

  • Episode 425: The Railsconf At Home 2022 Ruby Podcast Panel

    July 6th, 2022  |  43 mins 17 secs

    Live -- from home! -- in the The Railsconf At Home 2022 Ruby Podcast Panel. The panelists chat about careers, advice on your running your own conference, framework opinions and getting the most from a virtual conference.

  • Episode 424: Women On Rails and VirtualCoffee.io with Aurelie Verrot

    June 29th, 2022  |  29 mins

    Enchanté. Aurelie Verrot is a developer originally from France who now lives in California. She is Software Engineer at Zendesk, working in the i18n team. She answers all of Brittany's questions about working at Zendesk, translating the beloved Women On Rails newsletter and VirtualCoffee.io.

  • Episode 423: Featuring Some of the Nicest People in Rubydom (Brittany + Nick)

    June 22nd, 2022  |  32 mins 1 sec

    Brittany and Nick took a foray into handheld console gaming before celebrating Nick's new role at Shopify on the Ruby/Rails Infra team. They chatted about their favorite parts of Railsconf including Nick's Ruby Archaeology talk and Shopify's Railsconf Afterparty Twitter Space. Also, Past Rubies is back!

  • Episode 422: Object Shapes and Open Source (Brittany + Jemma)

    June 15th, 2022  |  31 mins 11 secs

    Brittany had questions about how to contribute to Ruby but luckily, Jemma was here to explain the process and explain her most recent proposal: Object shapes for Ruby. Object shapes are a technique for representing properties of an object. The two then debate reaching sustainable open source software.

  • Episode 421: I've Been Here For Awhile with David Hill

    June 8th, 2022  |  30 mins 31 secs

    David Hill is a Staff Software Engineer with CareRev. He just gave his first ever conference presentation at RailsConf 2022, titled “React-ing to Hotwire”. He is thinking about starting a podcast (yes!) so he asks Brittany her thoughts on co-hosts and topics.