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 376: Technically Speaking (Brittany and Jemma)

    July 21st, 2021  |  29 mins 29 secs

    Jemma's debut as a co-host on The Ruby on Rails Podcast! Brittany and Jemma discuss WNB.rb's upcoming Fireside Chats about Technical Speaking and how Jemma is approaching the event as a moderator. Brittany shares her experience onboarding three (!) new Junior developers at TextUs and they both discuss how the approach writing and submitting talks. Lastly, they talk about setting engineering cultures within teams.

  • Episode 375: A Technical CTO with Frank Lamantia

    July 14th, 2021  |  28 mins 29 secs

    Brittany and Brian are joined with Frank Lamantia, CTO for Bold Penguin. His background is in software engineering; he likes to call himself a recovering Java developer. He runs product management, software engineering, cloud & site-reliability engineering, information security, and internal IT. The trio discuss the recent Bold Penguin feature on the Stack Overflow Podcast and Bold Penguin's hiring practices.

  • Episode 374: Spearheading Static Site Generators with Ruby (Bridgetown) with Jared White

    July 7th, 2021  |  31 mins 38 secs

    Jared White is passionate about rolling back some of the complexity of the modern web and finding simpler paths forward using easy-to-understand tools and, of course, Ruby. He and Brittany discuss the origins and goals of Bridgetown, a Webpack-aware, Ruby-powered static site generator for the modern Jamstack era.

  • Episode 373: WNB.rb: Creating A Community with Jemma Issroff, Emily Giurleo and Sylwia Vargas

    June 30th, 2021  |  25 mins 18 secs

    It’s no secret that Brittany admires WNB.rb, a community and monthly Ruby meetup for women and non-binary folks. She welcomed the three organizers: Jemma Issroff, Emily Giurleo and Sylwia Vargas to discuss the origins and future initiatives of WNB.rb.

  • Episode 372: The Debut of The Ruby on Rails Podcast

    June 21st, 2021  |  31 mins 11 secs

    It is the debut of The Ruby on Rails Podcast! Brittany and Mirror Placement have partnered on the next iteration of the podcast, with Brian Mariani joining as a regular co-host. They discuss the exciting changes coming and then dive into the current world of Ruby recruiting and hiring.

  • Episode 371: The Railsconf 2021 Story with Marty Haught and Evan Phoenix

    May 26th, 2021  |  32 mins 23 secs

    Marty Haught and Evan Phoenix, Directors of Ruby Central, guested on the show to explain Ruby Central's place in our community, how Railsconf 2021 came together and what we can expect from the upcoming Rubyconf 2021.

  • Episode 370: From 2 to 15 Engineers with Zach Stradling

    May 19th, 2021  |  27 mins 2 secs

    Zach Stradling was the first Software Engineer on the original Trainual team. He joins Brittany to discuss how he grew an engineering team from 2 to 15 (spoiler: they are hiring!), how to define engineering culture and their use of service objects.

  • Episode 369: Samvera with Lea Ann Bradford

    May 12th, 2021  |  19 mins 21 secs

    Lea Ann Bradford is a senior software developer for Notch8. Lea Ann tells her story of learning to code after being a stay at home mom and she educates Brittany on all things Samvera.

  • Episode 368: Frontend Bundlers & Snowpacker with Konnor Rogers

    May 5th, 2021  |  23 mins 2 secs

    Konnor Rogers is a software developer for Veue Inc. He is also the creator of Snowpacker, and he has a deep love for open source. He breaks down Frontend bundlers for Brittany and the up and coming vite_ruby.

  • Episode 367: Inclusivity and Partner Support with Tay DeHerrera

    April 28th, 2021  |  23 mins 7 secs

    Tay DeHerrera is a Backend Software Engineer at TextUs. Tay and Brittany discuss getting involved in other initiatives at work and the importance of supporting (and sometimes humoring) a significant other who also writes software.

  • Episode 366: Zapped with Purpose with Amy Nadboralski (Powder)

    April 21st, 2021  |  20 mins 25 secs

    Amy Nadboralski (aka Powder) is a (trans) woman that enjoys programming, video games, and tinkering with electronics. She is currently working primarily with the Ruby programming language as a principal software engineer at Vibes.

  • Episode 365: I Believe in the Rails Magic with Brittany & Nick

    April 14th, 2021  |  30 mins 30 secs

    Nick Schwaderer co-hosts with Brittany this week. They discuss Nick's new job at Shopify (!), the interview process and working with the Ruby/Rails core team. They wrap with Nick's promise to discuss Stimulus but that quickly evolves to Hotwire.

  • Episode 364: A Founder That Can Code with Sean Devine

    April 7th, 2021  |  32 mins 32 secs

    Sean Devine, CEO of XBE and former host of this show is back to discuss the success of XBE in the past year, the use of Ember at XBE and how if you're a founder that can code, you've already raised your seed round.

  • Episode 363: Boring Rails & Creating Ruby Content with Matt Swanson

    March 31st, 2021  |  26 mins 14 secs

    Matt Swanson leads teams and builds products for customers at SEP. He runs the blog Boring Rails. Brittany and he chat about producing Ruby content and Matt answers questions from listeners about his approach.

  • Episode 362: ActiveModel::Errors with Mark Chao

    March 24th, 2021  |  26 mins 38 secs

    Mark Chao, or more well known as lulalala, is a happy rubyist from Taiwan. He works at GitLab, and likes to contribute to open source projects. He and Brittany discuss ActiveModel::Errors.

  • Episode 361: Ruby Garbage Collection and WNB.rb with Jemma Issroff

    March 17th, 2021  |  29 mins 8 secs

    Jemma Issroff is currently writing a book about managed garbage collection, with a focus on Ruby. She is passionate about making the tech industry a more inclusive space through teaching, mentoring, and community building.