Ruby Rogues


Charles Max Wood

Dave Kimura

Valentino Stoll

Luke Stutters

John Epperson



Dec 07, 2022

Building Desktop and Mobile Video Games with DragonRuby with Amir Rajan - RUBY 572

Game Developer and CEO of DragonRuby, Amir Rajan returns to the show. He joins the rogues to talk about DragonRuby. DragonRuby is a zero dependency, cross-platform, Ruby runtime built on top of mRuby, libSDL, and LLVM. Additionally, Amir talks about how it allows you to use the Ruby language to build video games. He also shares his experiences when it comes to working with mruby.

Nov 30, 2022

The New Ruby Parser with Kevin Newton - RUBY 571

Kevin Newton works at Shopify. He is specifically assigned to the Ruby and Rails Infrastructure Team. He returns to the show to talk about building Parsers in Ruby since he is working full-time on a new Ruby parser called "Prettier Ruby Plugin”. Prettier works with the majority of editors and support different languages. He shares his journey on how he was able to create it. He also talks about "exreg", which is a Ruby regular expression engine that he created.

Nov 24, 2022

How To Recession Proof Your Job - BONUS

Are you looking at all the layoffs and uncertainty going on and wondering if your company is the next to cut back? Or, maybe you're a freelancer or entrepreneur who is trying to figure out how to deliver more value to gain or retain customers? Mani Vaya joins Charles Max Wood to discuss the one thing that both of them use to more than double their productivity on a daily basis. Mani has read 1,000's of productivity books over the last several years and has formulated a methodology for getting more done, but found that he lacked the discipline to follow through on his plans. The he found the one thing that kept him on track and made him so productive that he is now getting all of his work done and was able to live the life he wants. Chuck also weighs in on how Mani's technique has worked for him and allows him to spend more time with his wife and kids, run a podcast network, and a nearly full time contract. Join the episode to learn how Chuck and Mani get into a regular flow state with their work and consistently deliver at work.

Charles Max Wood

Mani Vaya
Nov 23, 2022

There's No Limit To Your Success - RUBY 570

Jesse Spevack currently works at Stripe and specializes in Ruby on Rails. He talks about his success story of shifting careers from being an Educator to a Software Engineer. Jesse returns to show to share his humble beginnings when he started out his first job in the Tech world.

Nov 16, 2022

Kaigi on Rails with Masafumi Okura - RUBY 569

Masafumi Okura is a freelance software developer focusing on Ruby on Rails. He joined RubyKaigi 2022 as a helper staff and the chief organizer at Kaigi on Rails 2022 which took place last October. He joins the Rogues to share his experiences and some pointers on arranging a successful Conference amidst the pandemic.

Nov 02, 2022

Life Beyond Bootcamps - RUBY 568

In this all-panelist episode, Chuck, Dave, and Valentino give insights on how to choose your career path, how to kickstart your career, how to take control, and how to advance in your profession. They also share their experiences and some advice on what qualities you should possess in order to become successful

Oct 25, 2022

Turbo with Rails Creates Happiness ft. Alexandre Ruban - RUBY 567

The Rogues discuss Turbo and Hotwire with Alexandre Ruban, who created a course on Hotwire and Turbo for Rails at The dive into its origins with TurboLinks and then discuss the various options and tools that come with Hotwire development in Rails and compare it to other front-end frameworks and solutions they've used.

Oct 05, 2022

Where do I Deploy Now that Heroku's Free Tier is Gone? - RUBY 566

In recent news, Heroku announced they will eliminate free plans and shut down all free data services. With that said, today on the show, the panel discusses tools to substitute this platform and other possible workaround options.

Sep 28, 2022

Import Maps in Rails 7 with Paweł Dąbrowski - RUBY 565

Import maps is the new feature in Rails 7 that allows us to forego Node.js and tools like Webpack, plus it prevents the need for bundling. Today on the show, Valentino interviews Paweł Dąbrowski to share his insights about import maps in Rails 7.

Sep 21, 2022

Remote Working Culture with Jake Yesbeck - RUBY 564

Post pandemic, remote work is here to stay. Today on the show, the panel and Jake Yesbeck share their insights about remote work for developers and the latest developments for the 2022 workforce and beyond.

Sep 14, 2022

Ruby on Kubernetes Without the Headaches Using Kuby - RUBY 563

For years, the Rails community has been clamoring for Active Deployment, a magical out-of-the-box mechanism for deploying applications. Today on the show, Cameron Dutro shares how you can deploy Rails apps on Kubernetes with Kuby. De-stress your deployments today with these simple strategies.

Sep 07, 2022

How to Run Ruby in Your Browser - RUBY 562

Ben Taylor joins the show today to share his recent developments about integrating Ruby snippets within a browser in less than a day. The panel asks about his process and what he did to make this a quick and successful strategy. Learn about this new process and what you can do today to make this happen!

Aug 31, 2022

Programming Language Tooling with Adam Gordon Bell - RUBY 561

Adam Gordon Bell is back on the show again! Today he shares his views on language tooling, new articles he has recently written, documentation for Ruby, software consulting, and insights into other programming topics.

Aug 24, 2022

The Future of Ruby using Blockchain and Building Tomorrow's Interfaces - RUBY 560

Wearable technology, Web 3.0, augmented reality, and other emerging technologies are poised for shifting the future for DevOps. Today on the show, the panel discusses how the future of Ruby can adapt to make these changes a reality.

Aug 17, 2022

How to Get Your Rails Models and Routes into Your Front End Framework - RUBY 559

Today on the show, Máximo Mussini shares how your front-end framework can benefit from integrating rails models and routes concurrently. Topics they discuss today include everything from complex structures with serializers to generating JS from rails routes.

Aug 10, 2022

Bidirectional Code Generation - RUBY 558

Imagine a tool that lets you write templates that can generate code, but also parse that code back into the initial variables. Depending on how flexible your templates are, it can even parse code that has been modified by hand after generation. Today on the show, the panel interviews Lucas Luitjes, creator of Monocle, the tool that allows for this kind of integration.

Aug 03, 2022

Vendor and Infrastructure Lock-In - RUBY 557

Vendor lock-in refers to a situation whereby the cost of switching to a different vendor or platform is so high that you are essentially stuck with the original platform. Today on the show, Charles and Dave share personal stories of how they were forced to continue using a specific platform and what they did to rectify the various scenarios, plus they provide their insights on workaround strategies and how to prevent this from happening in the first place.

Jul 27, 2022

RAILS_ENV - Ruby 556

How do you manage your actual rails environment configurations? When you create a new rails application, do you utilize the provided development, test, and production environments, or deviate? Today on the show, Dave and Valentino share their best practices on how they manage their environment variables and workflows within their rails environments.

Jul 20, 2022

Managing Files and Text in Rails with ActiveStorage and ActionText - Ruby 555

Today on the show, Charles shares about his current projects and inner workings related to managing files and text on his various podcast portals. The panel discusses their history with legacy platforms, their personal tool preferences, and the pros and cons of ActiveStorage and ActionText.

Jul 15, 2022

Build an Admin for Your Rails App Easily with Avo - Bonus

Today Charles talks with Adrian Marin, a developer and founder of Avo, a Ruby on Rails admin framework. Coming with 10 years of developer experience, we discuss how Avo sets itself apart from other typical systems by allowing you to step out of the limitations of DSL and write custom code to meet the needs of each customer. We discuss the three main parts of this fully tested framework, and talk about how you can kick the tires before diving in. With such a wide range of companies successfully utilizing Avo, it’s something definitely worth checking out!

Jul 13, 2022

Speed Up Your Rails App by Lazy Loading Your N+1 Queries - RUBY 554

Wouldn't it be great if ActiveRecord didn't make you think about eager loading and it just did the "right" thing by default? Lazy loading is extremely helpful when the list of associations to load is determined dynamically. Today on the show, Charles and Luke interview Evgeniy Demin, Principal Engineer at Toptal. They discuss how you can speed up your processes by lazy loading your N+1 queries, plus various tools to optimize your workflows.

Jul 06, 2022

A Novel Type and Effect-Guided Synthesis Tool for Ruby with Sankha Guria - RUBY 553

In recent years, researchers have explored component-based synthesis, which aims to automatically construct programs that operate by composing calls to existing APIs. However, prior work has not considered efficient synthesis of methods with side effects that update a database. Today on the show, Sankha Guria shares about his research in this area, introducing a new approach to type and effect-guided synthesis tools for Ruby.

Jun 29, 2022

Development on the Road - RUBY 552

How do you develop remotely in new ecosystems such as when you are on vacation, in a coffee shop, or traveling for business? The panel today discusses various strategies on how to manage these environments to achieve the most efficient outcomes.

Jun 22, 2022

Unfinished Business - RUBY 551

Unfinished technology, unfinished products, unfinished gems, unfinished concepts, unfinished code, unfinished libraries, and more. In software development, everyone has those projects that never get finished or ever get started. Luke and Valentino banter about the various aspects of unfinished business, specifically technology ideas – from creating to implementing to fixing to scrapping.

Jun 15, 2022

Kafka and Karafka Integrations with Maciej Mensfeld - RUBY 550

Making his second appearance on the podcast, Maciej Mensfeld joins the show to share his latest developments with his Kafka and Karafka integrations and libraries. He shares his framework for Kafka 2.0, his personal approach to Rails, and how to integrate Kafka and Karafka most effectively. The panel also discusses regulation and security risks with open-source libraries for developers.