About the show

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


  • Episode 388: Ruby is Still a Diamond with Emma Hyde

    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.

  • Episode 387: From Architect to VP of Engineering with Bruno Miranda

    October 13th, 2021  |  35 mins 18 secs

    Bruno Miranda is responsible for leading Doximity’s engineering teams across the areas of data, mobile, infrastructure, and web engineering. Bruno architected the earliest versions of the company’s core software platform and lead efforts to build out a highly resilient technology stack. Brian and Brittany inquire what the responsibilities of a VP of Engineering are, the proper way to onboard a new engineer and how to approach building distributed engineering teams. Rails can scale.

  • Episode 386: Marginally Wiser (Product Management) with Danny Issroff

    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.

  • Episode 385: Minimal Flame Wars (Prettier, Parsing and Regex) with Kevin Newton

    September 29th, 2021  |  30 mins 11 secs

    Kevin Newton is a staff engineer at Shopify on the Ruby and Rails infrastructure team. He’s working on improving the speed and efficiency of CRuby. The trio (Kevin, Nick and Brittany) discuss RubyKaiji talks, Kevin's work on the Prettier plug-in for Ruby and RegularExpression, the Shopify HackDays project Kevin and Nick worked on.

  • 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.