Jemma Issroff is a backend software developer, mainly working in Ruby. She is a founder and co-organizer of WNB.rb, a women / non-binary Ruby community. An avid blogger, Jemma also writes the Tip of the Week for Ruby Weekly.
When not programming or writing, Jemma is most likely to be found outdoors: hiking, running or swimming.
August 16th, 2023 | 22 mins 18 secs
After celebrating Jemma's newly established status as a Ruby core member, Brittany and Jemma discuss what is happening with Brittany at work, including taking some customer calls. The two hosts also talk about the important skill of being able to know your audience and how to communicate to non-technical stakeholders. They wrap up discussing AI fitness.
July 5th, 2023 | 33 mins 8 secs
Mere minutes before this episode was recorded, YARP was merged! Kevin Newton joins Brittany and Jemma this week to share the exciting news. The trio discuss the follow up steps for YARP, whether a marketing push for adoption will be needed and how Kevin and Jemma partnered on the initiative.
May 24th, 2023 | 27 mins 5 secs
The moderator of Ruby Committers and the World, Jemma, answers all of Brittany's questions about her recent trip to Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan for RubyKaigi 2023. The pair talk about Matz's keynote, the panel and Jemma's recent work on YARP.
April 19th, 2023 | 32 mins 27 secs
Selena Small and Michael Milewski are a pair of Senior developers from Melbourne, Australia that not only love to pair on code but getting ready for a world tour of conference talks. Fresh off the roles as co-MCs for Rubyconf AU, the pair speak with Jemma and Brittany about why they are advocates for pairing, some pairing horror stories and how they would describe the Australian Ruby community.
April 5th, 2023 | 35 mins 8 secs
Rose Wiegley is a Senior Staff Developer on Shopify’s Payments and Risk team. Jemma is solo hosting today as she interviews Rose about her thoughts on being a staff engineer at Shopify, keynoting at RubyConf Mini and her recent team switch at Shopify.
January 11th, 2023 | 26 mins 9 secs
After reflecting on their 2022 resolutions, Brittany and Jemma talk about their resolutions for 2023. Afterwards, Brittany congratulates Jemma on shipping Object Shapes in Ruby 3.2, asks what is in store for her next and why everyone should upgrade to Ruby 3.2. They wrap up the episode talking about team changes at TextUs.
December 7th, 2022 | 36 mins 30 secs
Brittany is joined by the co-organizers of Rubyconf Mini: co-host, Jemma, and Emily Samp. The trio discussed how inclusivity was laced into the event, their futures as conference planners and the adoration of Jemma's Nana. In the back half of the episode, they discuss their expectations and reaction to the announcement of The Rails Foundation.
October 19th, 2022 | 25 mins 10 secs
Object Shapes is merged and headed to Ruby 3.2! Fresh off of her world tour, Jemma catches up with Brittany about RubyKaigi, Euroku and Rails SaaS. After talking about Rubyconf Mini plans, the pair discuss the new Data.define feature coming to Ruby 3.2 as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 1st, 2022 | 43 mins 43 secs
Live from Portland, OR is the Ruby Podcast Panel recording from Railsconf 2022! The panelists discuss why they are loyal to podcasting, the state of the Ruby and Rails communities, opening doors for juniors into our industry and themes they noted from the conference.
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.
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.
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.