Panel: Charles Max Wood

Guest: Noah Gibbs

This week on My Ruby Story, Charles talks to Noah Gibbs. Noah works currently at AppFolio as their Ruby Fellow, where he does a lot of measuring and writing about Ruby performance. He also writes a lot for Ruby Weekly about Ruby performance. He first got into programming when was in the third grade and he got to use an Apple II in class. In class, they had to draw on graph paper and then “program” what they drew on their computer, and this fascinated him. They also touch on what led him to Ruby, why he fell in love with it, and what he is most proud of contributing to the Ruby community.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Noah intro
  • What does AppFolio do?
  • Works a lot on Ruby and open source
  • How did you first get into programming?
  • Has always been fascinated with computers
  • Apple IIe
  • Nothing beats complete boredom when it comes to programming
  • How did you get into writing professional Ruby code?
  • Went to college for computers
  • C and C++
  • Web browsers
  • Looked into web programming
  • Ruby on Rails 15-minute blog video
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Learned databases
  • What was it about Ruby that got you excited?
  • Why he began to hate systems programming
  • Programming to make a useful application
  • Building deep device software
  • Making stuff for people that aren’t programmers is hard, but gratifying
  • What are you most proud of contributing to the Ruby community?
  • Rebuilding Rails
  • And much, much more!






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