Panel: Charles Max Wood

Guest: Benjamin Wood

This week on My Ruby Story, Charles talks to Benjamin Wood. Ben and his brother Josh own a consultancy company together called Hint, where they specialize in upgrading Rails apps and run He first got into programming because he was interested in computer hardware and built a computer out of spare parts for fun as a child. They talk about what led him to Ruby and Rails, what he has learned in throughout his life, especially with running a business, and much more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Ruby Rogues Episode 288
  • Hint and
  • How did you first get into programming?
  • Interested in computer hardware
  • Built a computer as a kid
  • Grew up in time of dial up internet
  • Discovered his house had two phone lines
  • Snook extra fax line into his room to get internet
  • Fell in love with the internet as a child
  • PHP and DSL
  • Built forums to keep in touch with friends
  • Created content management systems with PHP
  • WordPress
  • Started a career in audio engineering
  • Ran a recording studio for 6 years
  • Built a website for the studio
  • Started with JavaScript
  • How did you find Rails?
  • Wanted a change of career
  • Self-taught
  • Sub-contracting with his brother
  • HoneyBadger
  • What have you learned?
  • And much, much more!