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The Ruby on Rails Podcast, a weekly conversation about Ruby on Rails, open source software, and the programming profession. Co-hosted by Elise Shaffer, Brian Mariani, Jemma Issroff and Nick Schwaderer. Edited by Peachtree Sound.

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  • Episode 466: Pairing on Code and Conference Talks with Selena Small and Michael Milewski

    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.

  • Episode 465: Why Companies Don't Hire Juniors with Alex Ghiculescu

    April 12th, 2023  |  33 mins 58 secs

    Alex Ghiculescu is the co-founder of Workforce.com, a workforce management product built on Ruby on Rails. The topic of hiring Juniors has been a common theme lately but he joins Brittany and Brian to discuss why companies are actually avoiding it. The trio debate in-office training, salaries and promotions.

  • Episode 464: What Being a Staff Developer Means at Shopify with Rose Wiegley

    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.

  • Episode 463: The Tightly Coupled Book Club with Mina and Aji Slater

    March 29th, 2023  |  36 mins 7 secs

    Mina Slater (she/her) is a senior developer with Mission Control, thoughtbot's DevOps, platform engineering and SRE team. Aji Slater (they/them) is a development team lead at thoughtbot on Lift-Off, thoughtbot’s team that specializes in new product development and launch. Together, they guest on the podcast to discuss their new podcast: The Tightly Coupled Book Club. They pitch the concept to Brittany, ask Brittany for advice and discuss feedback from Brittany's initial listen.

  • Episode 462: Scarpe Diem: Seize the Shoes (Brittany + Nick)

    March 22nd, 2023  |  34 mins 49 secs

    What is Nick? Well, Nick has a thing! He tells Brittany all about his new project: Scarpe. From there, Brittany steals some free consulting from Nick when she presents an authentication problem she is trying to tackle on a side project. Nick shares his experience at a coveted Sandi Metz workshop and they wrap on a personal update from Brittany.

  • Episode 461: ccyalater and Merge Conflict Hit the Track! with Colleen Leonard

    March 15th, 2023  |  33 mins 48 secs

    Colleen Leonard has been working in tech since 2015, first as a Front-End Developer and then as a recruiter. She is currently a Technical Recruiter at Test Double. She joins Brittany to chat technical recruitment in Part 1 and then roller derby in Part 2. Let's roll.

  • Episode 460: The State of Rails Hiring in 2023 (Brittany + Brian)

    March 8th, 2023  |  33 mins 1 sec

    In 2022, "Rails Hiring is Still Hot" was our most listened to episode! By popular demand, Brian is back to give us the state of the Ruby on Rails hiring market for 2023. Brittany and Brian discuss his clients, advice for those who have a job and advice for those who are seeking a role in this weird market.

  • Episode 459: Blue Ridge Ruby with Jeremy Smith and Mark Locklear

    March 1st, 2023  |  32 mins

    Jeremy Smith is a designer/developer who runs a tiny one-person web studio called HYBRD. Mark Locklear is a Web Developer and Project Manager at the Extension Foundation. Together, they are co-hosting Blue Ridge Ruby, a two-day, single-track conference featuring ten speakers, plus lightning talks. The conference will be held at the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville on Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th.

  • Episode 458: LEARN Academy with Adam Cuppy, Sarah Proctor and Chelsea Kaufman

    February 22nd, 2023  |  40 mins 48 secs

    Brittany has a trio today! Adam Cuppy, Sarah Proctor and Chelsea Kaufman from LEARN Academy join her to discuss the academy's origin story, curriculum and how they garner interest for their program. They dive deeper into their internship program and how an internship is one of the most accessible ways to start bringing juniors into the team.

  • Episode 457: This Week In Rails with Emmanuel Hayford

    February 15th, 2023  |  26 mins 55 secs

    Emmanuel Hayford is an independent Rails Consultant and a co-editor of "The Weeks in Rails". He excitedly tells Brittany his favorite upcoming features for Rails 7.1 and his favorite features that shipped with Ruby 3.2. They wrap the episode discussing why community content is so important.

  • Episode 456: The Ruby’s Got You Covered World Tour with Kevin Murphy

    February 8th, 2023  |  26 mins 20 secs

    Kevin Murphy is a software developer in the Boston area, currently working at Bookbub. After discussing Kevin's first commit into Ruby(!), he and Brittany discuss the long-term benefits and effects of community involvement, including speaking. Stay tuned for the premiere of Kevin's tour promo at the end of the episode!

  • Episode 455: Adventures in TruffleRuby (Brittany + Nick)

    February 1st, 2023  |  30 mins 56 secs

    After taking a moment to talk about Chris Seaton's impact on the community, Nick tells Brittany about his adventures in TruffleRuby and Hatchbox. They also discuss how Shopify removed all recurring meetings with more than two people in perpetuity to encourage more focus time.

  • Episode 454: Rubyconf @ Home: Hanami Core Team

    January 25th, 2023  |  50 mins 21 secs

    Captured live from Rubyconf 2022 Home Edition on January 11th, 2023, this is a special episode recorded with the Hanami Core Team: Luca Guidi, Tim Riley and Peter Solnica. Co-moderated by Jason Charnes and Brittany Martin.

  • Episode 453: Ruby for All Crossover: Integrations

    January 18th, 2023  |  30 mins 35 secs

    Brittany guested on Ruby for All this week! She joins Julie J to talk about why integrations are important to developers and why integration knowledge can give Juniors a leg up in hiring. They also discuss the differences between APIs and webhooks and review a real world example.

  • Episode 452: 2023 with Finesse (Brittany + Jemma)

    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.

  • Episode 451: How We Hire Junior Developers with Andy Croll

    January 4th, 2023  |  33 mins 52 secs

    The podcast voice is back! Andy Croll is starting 2023 off right by joining Brittany to discuss the process they went through at CoverageBook to hire a junior developer. The timing is perfect because TextUs was also hiring a Junior developer so Brittany cons Andy into sharing a bunch of free advice. Happy New Year, listeners!