Ruby Rogues


Charles Max Wood

Dave Kimura

Valentino Stoll

Luke Stutters

John Epperson



Mar 02, 2021

RUBY 488: The Road to Ruby 3 - Part 1 - Ruby 2.6 to Ruby 2.7

In this episode, John, Luke, and Chuck begin the discussion on Ruby 3.0's release by discussing the differences and enhancements in Ruby 2.7 over version 2.6. Luke leads the charge in providing a list of the differences and the Rogues debate the merits of the various changes in the last minor release of Ruby 2 before releasing Ruby 3.0.

Feb 23, 2021

RUBY 487: Our Development Setups

Dave, Luke, and Chuck dive into their development setups. They talk through the different Operating Systems, IDEs, text editors, command lines, desks, chairs, etc. we all use to build our Ruby and Rails applications.

Feb 17, 2021

RUBY 131: How to Learn

This is a repeat episode of Ruby Rogues. Here's the original link

Feb 05, 2021

BONUS: Measuring Apps and Entrepreneurship with John-Daniel Trask

John-Daniel Trask, founder and CEO of Raygun, talks about his experience building a monitoring company and about how to measure the speed and quality of your code.

Feb 05, 2021

BONUS: Measuring Apps and Entrepreneurship with John-Daniel Trask

John-Daniel Trask, founder and CEO of Raygun, talks about his experience building a monitoring company and about how to measure the speed and quality of your code.

Feb 02, 2021

RUBY 486: Authorization Hacks

Chuck has been fighting an authorization system in an application he's building in his spare time. John, Dave, and Chuck dive into the current authorization gems and talk about their strengths and weaknesses and discuss how and when to use or build alternatives to them.

Jan 26, 2021

RUBY 485: What is a Top 5% Developer?

The Rogues dive into who are top 5% developers, what they're doing and how to recognize them. They start out discussing how mid-level developers can move up and how developers can grow in more ways that technical skills.

Jan 19, 2021

RUBY 484: Bootcamps: Bad or Badass

We discuss the value of bootcamps and whether new developers should consider them. We also touch a little bit on related topics like interviewing.

Jan 12, 2021

RR 428: Arming the Rebels with Rails 6 Featuring David Heinemeier Hansson

Today’s guest is David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and co founder and CTO at Basecamp. This episode is focused on the release of Rails 6. David talks about the process of getting from Rails 5 to Rails 6 and some of the new features and frameworks in Rails 6. David describes some of the new features as ‘magical, which some people don’t like. He believes that the ‘magical’ element is a good thing because it reduces the learning curve for newcomers, so you can less time studying and more time being productive. This is important because it allows people from other platforms to jump on. Rails 6 will provide users with more frameworks so that they do not have to build all of their own solutions to common problems. David delves into how Ruby goes against the grain by providing tools and how that coincides with their philosophy. He talks about the process for deciding which problems the core team is going to tackle, how they come out of Basecamp, and Basecamp’s methodology in terms of what tools they decide to build. The panel discusses how deviating from the Rails core is almost an antipattern and how having the tools provided for them has improved their experience with Rails.

Jan 05, 2021

RUBY 483: Unlocking the Power of Functional Programming and Elm with Richard Feldman

Richard Feldman - author of Elm in Action - joins the Rogues to discuss the advantages of Functional Programming and using Elm. Elm is a programming language that is a functional programming language built for the front-end that compiles to JavaScript. Due to its set of enforced assumptions, it leads to clean code and powerful programming constructs.

Jan 01, 2021

BONUS: How to Crush Your Biggest Goals in 2021

Mani Vaya joins Charles Max Wood to walk him through the 6 pillars of success that lead to meeting your goals.

Dec 30, 2020

RUBY 482: Successfully Onboarding a Junior Engineer in Three Steps with Emily Giurleo

Onboarding and leveling up Junior developers can be tricky. Emily Giurleo joins the Rogues to discuss the process for creating autonomous, competent developers when you hire someone who doesn't have as much experience. She walks us through setting expectations for the new hire, giving feedback, and assessing their performance.

Dec 23, 2020

RUBY 481: Why We Worry About All the Wrong Things with Hilary Stohs-Krause

Hilary Stohs-Krause addresses the things that we have strong emotional reactions to as developers that maybe we shouldn't worry about them. She also leads a discussion with the panel around when fear is a good thing.

Dec 01, 2020

RUBY 480: The Sounds of Silence: Lessons From an API Outage with Paul Zaich

Paul Zaich from Checkr tells us about a critical outage that occurred, what caused it and how they tracked down and fixed the issue. The conversation ranges through troubleshooting complex systems, building team culture, blameless post-mortems, and monitoring the right things to make sure your applications don't fail or alert you when they do.

Nov 27, 2020

BONUS: How to do LARGE Volumes of HIGH Quality Work - While Spending Fewer Hours Working

Mani provides us with strategies and tactics to get Deep Work time and how to get our minds into that focused state for hours at a time. He has read hundreds of books that have taught him the secrets to getting more done by getting into this state. He starts by telling us how he was passed over for a promotion at Qualcomm in favor of someone younger and less experienced and how that inspired him to figure out what the other guy was doing differently. He learned that he needed to get more done with the time he was spending on his projects.

Nov 26, 2020

RUBY 479: Mistakes Were Made with Jesse Spevack

Jesse Spevack tells us about a conference topic he gave where big mistakes were made at his company. Having lived through the choices that they made, we chat about the lessons learned.

Nov 17, 2020

RUBY 478: 2020 Ruby on Rails Community Survey Results

2,049 members of the Rails community from 92 countries kindly contributed their thoughts on tools, frameworks, and workflows in their day to day development lives. From these responses we hope to get an understanding of where Rails stands as a framework in 2020.

Nov 10, 2020

RUBY 477: Black-Belt Debugging with Chelsea Troy

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, Chelsea Troy teaches us to hone our debugging skills to a razor-sharp edge. We learn how to actively improve debugging skills, train troubleshooting instincts and practical strategies for tackling brain-bending bugs.

Nov 03, 2020

RUBY 476: SQL, Arel and the Dark Side of ActiveRecord with Eric Hayes

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, Eric Hayes joins us with the story of his journey into the dark, undocumented depths of Arel, ActiveRecord’s private API. We learn why writing custom SQL queries in 2020 can make sense and how to unlock the more powerful features of modern databases without resorting to SQL strings. Eric tells us how he manages the potential pitfalls of using Arel and achieves massive performance wins for difficult queries on large databases.

Oct 27, 2020

RR 475: Succeeding to Your Next CodingPhase with Joe Santos Garcia

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, Joe Santos Garcia from CodingPhase joins the panel to talk about how to successfully get into coding and grow into a coding career. He talks about growing his YouTube channel, membership site, and deciding where you want to land in your career.

Oct 13, 2020

RR 474: React on Rails V12 - Don't Shave That Yak! with Justin Gordon

React on Rails version 12 brings major improvements for hot reloading and bundle splitting. Justin Gordon talks about creating a great developer experience with React and Rails, the best way to manage your webpack configuration, simplify server and client-side rendering and avoid shaving those yaks!

Oct 06, 2020

RR 473: GraphQL Doesn't Need To Be Hell with Dmitry Tsepelev

Different doesn’t need to be worse. Dmitry Tsepelev tells us how to make the most of using GraphQL with Rails, the advantages over REST-based API queries and best practices for security and schemas.

Sep 29, 2020

RR 472: Inertia.js - The Modern Monolith with Jonathan Reinink

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, guest Jonathan Reinink joins the Rogues to talk about what Inertia.js is and why Rails developers would want to use it.

Sep 22, 2020

RR 471: Sorbet with Ufuk Kayserilioglu

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, we talk with Ufuk about how Shopify made the transition to using Sorbet and about the benefits they felt they received from implementing it. Ufuk also reveals a little bit about how Shopify transitioned to fully remote and about how that will be the default moving forward.

Sep 15, 2020

RR 470: Performance Improvement of Ruby 3.0 JIT with Takashi Kokubun

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, the panelists discuss the progress, problems, and strategies for implementing JIT in Ruby for the Ruby 3×3 goal all while being humbled a bit as Takashi improves our understanding around the subject.