Remote Ruby

Live at Rails World 2023

November 03, 2023 Jason Charnes, Chris Oliver, Andrew Mason, Andy Croll, Robby Russell, William Kennedy, Julian Cheal Episode 247
Remote Ruby
Live at Rails World 2023
Show Notes

In this live afterparty episode from Rails World 2023, Jason, Chris, and Andrew are joined by Andy Croll, Robby Russell, William Kennedy, and Jason Cheal.  Today, they discuss various aspects of the Rails World conference, sharing experiences and loads of humor. With each guest, they have conversations about their conference experiences, Ruby confessions, and the vibrant Ruby community. Also, they explore the behind-the-scenes work of core contributors to Ruby on Rails and discuss the significance of awards and recognition in the Ruby world.

[00:00:46] Andy talks about his favorite part of Rails World which is the joy of not having to travel across the Atlantic for a Ruby event and he can simply attend this one.

[00:01:40] Chris won an award and he’s trying to figure out how he’s going to take the giant check home, and he jokes about having a wall of giant checks at home. 

[00:02:24] Andy suggests using Honeybadger and they thank Buzzsprout for their support and comment on the quality of the podcast hosting service. 

[00:02:49] Andrew mentions the great talks from Chris and Jason, and Chris talks about his experience presenting at the conference and the challenges of staying within the time limit. Jason tells us about his presentation gags and creating presentations with humor. 

[00:04:46] What was everyone’s favorite part of the conference? Chris talks about enjoying talking to people, attending their talks, and Remote Ruby stickers. They all mention the venue was impressive, and how they enjoy Amsterdam, the food, and friendliness of the people. Also, next year it will take place in Toronto. 

[00:07:34] Jason shares an unconventional life hack involving airport parking. 

[00:09:52] Robby Russell arrives and describes the conference as inspirational and asks Jason what he learned from the Rails Core team. 

[00:11:27] Robby discusses the goal of the panel was to show that anyone can contribute to projects like Ruby on Rails without a computer science degree, and he talks about the large number of project contributors and audience interaction. Chris expresses appreciation for core contributors’ work behind the scenes.

[00:13:51] The panel discusses awards and Ruby Heroes. Robby talks about his contact with Rick Olson (technoweenie) and his contributions to Z shell and “Oh My ZSH!” and he talks about his band “The Mighty Missoula” and recording a new album.

[00:19:24] William Kennedy is joining us now and they discuss his famous blog post on Single Page Applications (SPAs). They discuss the satisfaction of coding humor and how frustrating errors can be.

[00:23:43] The conversation takes a turn towards sharing Ruby confessions, starting with William’s early metaprogramming mistake. Chris recalls a Python experience related to metaprogramming and potential security issues. 

[00:25:11] William shares how he won the ticket to Rails World 2023, and he shares his appreciation for the banter and personal stories shared on Remote Ruby. 

[00:26:41] Vladimir Dementyev joins us and gives a signed copy of his book, Layered Design, to Chris. 

[00:29:18] Chris discusses his role as a luminary and his contributions to the Ruby community. 

[00:30:39] Julian Cheal, a Rails developer from Bath, joins us and shares his experiences attending Ruby conferences in Romania and Amsterdam. He confesses to writing bad code when using Sonic Pi and DRb to send MIDI data to instruments. 

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