Episode Archive

384 episodes of The Ruby on Rails Podcast since the first episode, which aired on January 6th, 2009.

  • 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.

  • Episode 378: A Functional Mental Model for Integrations with Joël Quenneville

    August 4th, 2021  |  24 mins 53 secs

    Joël Quenneville is a consulting developer with thoughtbot. Joël wrote a recent article on the thoughtbot blog which explored how OOP, TDD, and functional programming ideas can all be used as lenses to help us gain a better understanding of our problem and potential solutions. Brittany and Joël discussed how these concepts can directly apply to implementing third party integrations.

  • Episode 377: The Ruby Super Team (Brittany and Nick)

    July 29th, 2021  |  32 mins 20 secs

    Nick's debut as a co-host on The Ruby on Rails Podcast! Nick tells Brittany about the ambitious project he and his Hack Day team took on at Shopify. Brittany updates Nick on her trip to Denver to meet the team at TextUs and how her junior team members are doing a month in. They wrap up by reflecting on how much hiring has changed since they discussed it in depth last spring.

  • 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.