About the show

The Ruby on Rails Podcast, a weekly conversation about Ruby on Rails, open source software, and the programming profession. Hosted by Brittany Martin and Brian Mariani. Produced by Mirror Placement. Edited by Peachtree Sound.


  • Episode 394: Rubyconf 2021 Recap: Live + Virtual (Brittany & Jemma)

    December 1st, 2021  |  30 mins 16 secs

    Brittany and Jemma record right after Rubyconf 2021 so they could share their experiences and favorite talks both in-person and virtual. Oh, also, this is now a running podcast.

  • Episode 393: The Rubyconf 2021 Live Podcast Panel

    November 24th, 2021  |  51 mins 17 secs

    Recorded live from Rubyconf 2021 in Denver, CO with an audience! Panelists from The Ruby on Rails Podcast, Code with Jason and Remote Ruby gathered to chat about why they were excited to attend Rubyconf, favorite episodes and to field listener questions.

  • Episode 392: I'm Actually Totally Happy (Brittany & Brian)

    November 17th, 2021  |  28 mins 41 secs

    No holiday break on the recruiting front! Brittany and Brian catch up on the Rails recruiting trends. They discuss how companies need to up the ante now that so many are remote first, how interviews should be structured and whether it is worth getting in the door, if it is not for the role you want.

  • Episode 391: Announcing Mocktail with Justin Searls

    November 10th, 2021  |  38 mins 57 secs

    Justin Searls helped start Test Double—a software agency of experienced developers who work with clients to build great software together, as a team. He gave Brittany the scoop on Mocktail, an opinionated alternative to minitest's mocks, rr, mocha, and rspec-mocks. As a bonus: he offers his insights and advice on being a confident speaker.

  • Episode 390: Code Quality with Ernesto Tagwerker

    November 3rd, 2021  |  31 mins 49 secs

    Ernesto Tagwerker is the Founder of OmbuLabs, the Ruby on Rails development shop behind FastRuby.io. He comes back to the podcast to talk about code quality: what it is, what it is perceived to be and what its like to maintain a few Ruby code quality gems, including ruby-critic and skunk.

  • Episode 389: Dev Ops Lead with Jason Taylor

    October 27th, 2021  |  25 mins 39 secs

    Jason Taylor returns! Together, Brittany and Jason discuss his recent promotion to Dev Ops Lead at TextUs, how fluent in the stack you need to be to make operational decisions and the Rubyconf sessions they are excited to attend.

  • Episode 388: Ruby is Still a Diamond with Emma Hyde

    October 20th, 2021  |  36 mins 25 secs

    After Emma's blog post, "Ruby is Still a Diamond", took the software engineering world by storm, Brittany and Jemma invited Emma on to the show (her podcast debut!) to ruminate why she continues to be excited about Ruby, why you should invest the effort into upgrading to Ruby 3.0, the differences between parallelism & concurrency and an introduction to Ractors.

  • Episode 387: From Architect to VP of Engineering with Bruno Miranda

    October 13th, 2021  |  35 mins 18 secs

    Bruno Miranda is responsible for leading Doximity’s engineering teams across the areas of data, mobile, infrastructure, and web engineering. Bruno architected the earliest versions of the company’s core software platform and lead efforts to build out a highly resilient technology stack. Brian and Brittany inquire what the responsibilities of a VP of Engineering are, the proper way to onboard a new engineer and how to approach building distributed engineering teams. Rails can scale.

  • Episode 386: Marginally Wiser (Product Management) with Danny Issroff

    October 6th, 2021  |  30 mins 3 secs

    It's a family affair! Danny Issroff, Jemma's older brother, visited the show to discuss all things product management. Jemma and Brittany quizzed him about how developers can understand product, advice for aspiring PMs and why developers are a precious resource.

  • Episode 385: Minimal Flame Wars (Prettier, Parsing and Regex) with Kevin Newton

    September 29th, 2021  |  30 mins 11 secs

    Kevin Newton is a staff engineer at Shopify on the Ruby and Rails infrastructure team. He’s working on improving the speed and efficiency of CRuby. The trio (Kevin, Nick and Brittany) discuss RubyKaiji talks, Kevin's work on the Prettier plug-in for Ruby and RegularExpression, the Shopify HackDays project Kevin and Nick worked on.

  • Episode 384: The TextUs Junior Trio with Saundra Catalina, Jeff Golden and Luke Mason

    September 22nd, 2021  |  31 mins 46 secs

    Brittany has been talking about them for weeks and they are here: the newly minted junior developers of TextUs. Tune into to listen to Saundra Catalina, Jeff Golden and Luke Mason share why they learned to code, how they chose their programs, how they tackled finding their first role, their thoughts on mentorship and of course, any advice they have for the junior listeners out there.

  • Episode 383: Aim for Good (GoodJob) with Ben Sheldon

    September 8th, 2021  |  41 mins 6 secs

    Ben Sheldon is the Director of Engineering Operations at Code for America and the author of the GoodJob gem. He fields all of Brittany's questions about why GoodJob was created, how it leverages Active Job, why a dev team would select it and what the life of an open source maintainer currently looks like.

  • Episode 382: Code::Anth with Gui Heurich

    September 1st, 2021  |  30 mins 14 secs

    After participating in his study, Brittany interviewed Gui Heurich. Gui is a Brazilian anthropologist and programmer, currently researching the Ruby language and its community in an ambitious projected named Code::Anth.

  • Episode 381: Life Stories and Some Of Our Favorite Things (Brittany & Jemma)

    August 25th, 2021  |  28 mins 56 secs

    Jemma is going to be joining Shopify as a member of the Core Foundations team! She and Brittany discuss the interview process from Jemma's perspective. They then talk through their favorite developer tools, what they would improve and what sponsorship means for this show and WNB.rb.

  • Episode 380: Equity for Developers with Aaron Kahn

    August 18th, 2021  |  29 mins 14 secs

    Returning from Episode 343, Aaron Kahn is a Certified Financial Planner at Wealth Management Strategies, Inc. Brittany and Brian invited Aaron back on to the show to break down equity for developers: why they should care, equity terminology and guidance for when their employer is sold and they have vested stock.

  • Episode 379: MEGA Crossover Episode (The Bike Shed x Rails with Jason x Remote Ruby x The Ruby on Rails Podcast)

    August 11th, 2021  |  35 mins 45 secs

    The episode you wanted and deserved! Brittany teams up with her favorite Ruby podcast hosts: Chris Oliver, Jason Charnes, Andrew Mason, Chris Toomey, Steph Viccari and Jason Swett in an epic crossover to discuss the origins of their shows, experiences as hosts, why podcasting is so important in keeping the Ruby community thriving and their shows' legacies.