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 419: Rails Hiring is Still Hot (Brittany + Brian)

    May 25th, 2022  |  24 mins 48 secs

    Brian is back with his insights on how the Rails hiring market is fairing, the differences between JS and Rails recruiting, whether avoiding whiteboarding is a good sign and how companies can effectively evaluate potential developers.

  • Episode 418: Flash Forward to Railsconf Day 2 with Andrea Fomera

    May 18th, 2022  |  31 mins 23 secs

    Andrea Fomera is a Senior Software Developer at Podia who finds enjoyment in updating dependencies and crafting high quality, robust and maintainable code. She and Brittany flash forward to Railsconf Day 2 to discuss Andrea's talk, goals for the conference and an epic quest to find the best donut in Portland.

  • Episode 417: Treading Water & Panel Planning (Brittany + Jemma)

    May 11th, 2022  |  29 mins 26 secs

    Fresh off of treading water in a sweatsuit for a swim test, Brittany called up Jemma to do a live brainstorm for the Railsconf 2022 Podcast Panel. After discussing Jemma's team trip to London for Shopify, they go over the panel participants, moderation strategies and potential topics.

  • Episode 416: Tackling Technical Texts with Steve Lynch

    May 4th, 2022  |  35 mins 10 secs

    Steve Lynch is an Engineering Manager at Root Insurance, working with a full-stack team on a Rails and React stack. Brittany invited Steve on to the show to discuss Engineering Management and his Rubyconf talk, "I Read It But Don't Get It, or How to Tackle Technical Texts" so she could tackle some texts on her bookshelf.

  • Episode 415: Respect & Retros with Andrew Strovers

    April 27th, 2022  |  28 mins 32 secs

    Andrew Strovers is a Senior Software Engineer out of Omaha, Nebraska. Being that he has serious opinions on trust and communication in the workplace, he was the perfect guest to discuss retros: how to reward vulnerability, adjust to the remote components and incorporate fun.

  • Episode 414: The RoR Podcast x Coders Coders Crossover Event with Drew Bragg

    April 20th, 2022  |  44 mins 8 secs

    Brittany interviews Drew Bragg, the Staff Engineer at Within3 and the host of the new Code and the Coding Coders who Code it podcast about his origin, his love of the Ruby community and their experience at Sin City Ruby. The pair then switch host seats and Drew interviews Brittany about her love of burpees, what she is working on, her blockers and what she currently finds interesting.

  • Episode 413: Positivity and railsdevs with Joe Masilotti

    April 13th, 2022  |  29 mins 20 secs

    Joe Masilotti is an independent developer who specializes in Ruby on Rails, iOS, and automated testing. He helps clients port their Rails apps to iOS with Turbo Native. Brittany and Brian talk with Joe about building railsdevs in public, the challenges he has faced and the technical decisions he is proud of. They wrap up by discussing Joe's upcoming "Porting your Rails app to iOS with Turbo Native" workshop he has been inspired to do.

  • Episode 412: Plant Killers (Brittany + Jemma + Emily)

    April 6th, 2022  |  33 mins 6 secs

    Emily is guesting as co-host this week with Jemma and Brittany! The trio celebrate Emily's new role at Shopify and discuss taking breaks between roles. Emily and Brittany just wrapped up reviewing CFPs for Railsconf so Jemma asks them about the patterns they observed. They wrap up by talking about their (not) green thumbs and home desk setups.

  • Episode 411: Sin City Reunion (Brittany + Nick)

    March 30th, 2022  |  32 mins 24 secs

    Brittany and Nick gush about their long awaited reunion at Sin City Ruby in Las Vegas. They talk about talk prep, hype music, and even costume changes. After discussing how to pull off a company onsite and remote whiteboarding, they wrap by sharing their thoughts on "No Railsconf".

  • Episode 410: Ruby Loyalty and Engineering Management with Ufuk Kayserilioglu

    March 23rd, 2022  |  30 mins 34 secs

    Ufuk is the Engineering Manager of the Ruby Infrastructure team (Jemma's team!) at Shopify. After transitioning his career from physics to software development, Ufuk has had the fortune of working with lots of interesting technologies at various levels of the stack. He, Jemma and Brittany chat about management philosophies, why he remains excited about Ruby and what is the ideal role for Shopify in the larger Ruby ecosystem.

  • Episode 409: Ruby on Trails with Jennifer Konikowski

    March 16th, 2022  |  34 mins 2 secs

    Jennifer Konikowski had been doing mostly Rails since 2012, though is currently taking a detour and working in Go at Splice. She and Brittany talk about what lead her to Pittsburgh, her fitness journey and tips.

  • Episode 408: Functionally Fit with Mike Coutermarsh

    March 9th, 2022  |  34 mins 35 secs

    Returning after seven years and back by popular demand, Mike Coutermarsh is a software engineer at PlanetScale, where he’s building a serverless relational database. After catching up and sharing their adoration of Flash, Brittany and Mike nerd out on home fitness: equipment, routines and goals.

  • Episode 407: Get to Senior with Stefanni Brasil and Thiago Araujo (hexdevs)

    March 2nd, 2022  |  35 mins 43 secs

    Stefanni Brasil and Thiago Araujo, the duo behind hevdevs, join Brittany to discuss their new course launch "Get to Senior", sharing your career goals with your manager and how to feel like a promotion was deserved.

  • Episode 406: Default to Action with Tanner Johnson and Nick Gervasi

    February 23rd, 2022  |  32 mins 8 secs

    Tanner Johnson, Engineer, and Nick Gervasi, CTO, of Flowdash join Brittany to talk about why they chose Rails, how customers deploy their app on premise and the design of their internal users dashboard. They wrap up discussing the perks and challenges of all engineers being involved in growth, sales, and marketing at Flowdash.

  • Episode 405: Dev Rel and Second Career Developers with Ben Greenberg

    February 16th, 2022  |  38 mins 32 secs

    Ben Greenberg is a second career developer who previously spent a decade in the fields of adult education, community organizing, and non-profit management. He works as a lead developer relations engineer at New Relic by day and is building hirethePIVOT, a reverse job board for career changers, at night.

  • Episode 404: 404: Developer Not Found (Brittany + Jemma)

    February 9th, 2022  |  30 mins 30 secs

    After a campy true crime start, Brittany and Jemma recap Brittany's first full marathon, Brittany's promotion to Engineering Manager and Jemma brings up the exciting news of YJIT porting to Rust. They wrap up by discussing the tracks for the Railsconf 2022 CFP. Start applying!