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.
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.
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!
January 5th, 2022 | 30 mins 40 secs
Will Ruby 3.1 drop on Christmas (spoiler: it did!)? Jemma and Brittany catch up with the changes from this past year, talk about some resolutions they are planning for 2022 and whether the pursuit for mediocrity should be one of them. Oh yes, they also touch on the release of Rails 7.
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.
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.
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.
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.