Charles Max Wood

Dave Kimura

Valentino Stoll

Luke Stutters

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Mar 22, 2023

Pitchfork, Falcon, and Performant HTTP Servers - RUBY 587

Jean Boussier is a Staff Engineer on Shopify's Ruby and Rails infrastructure team. He joins the show to talk about pitchfork. He begins by defining the pitchfork and describing how the application concept works. Moreover, he explains the reason why he wrote it and tackles some of its useful features.

Mar 15, 2023

Web Hosting and Maintaining - RUBY 586

Dave and Valentino join this week's panelist episode to talk about important points to remember in web hosting. Dave begins by discussing ways to prevent security breaches in your system or data and prevent any ransomware attacks. He shares his own experience on how he maintains his website and the resources he is currently using.

Mar 08, 2023

Developing Video Games with Ruby and DragonRuby - RUBY 585

Brett Chalupa is a hobbyist game maker, creative dabbler, and professional software developer. He joins the show alongside the Rogues to talk about creating video games. He dives into how he got started with DragonRuby, the games he created, and his experience as a game developer. Moreover, he talks about his book, " Building Games with DragonRuby".

Mar 01, 2023

Ruby 3.2 - WASM, Performance, and More... - RUBY 584

Chuck and Valentino join this week's panelist episode to discuss Ruby 3.2. Valentino takes the lead as he talks about its exciting new features and performance improvements. They also share their insights and opinions about Ruby 3.2 and if these features help optimize web application performance.

Feb 22, 2023

Linguistic Antipatterns With Jimmy Koppel - RUBY 583

Jimmy Koppel is the founder of Mirdin. He also has a Ph. D. in programming languages from MIT. He joins the show alongside Chuck to talk about "Linguistic Antipatterns". It is a persistently bad practice in the name and documentation which could make it more difficult to understand programs. He begins by sharing some of its examples, how to identify them, and how to avoid them.

Feb 15, 2023

Keeping Up With The Currents - RUBY 582

Zachary Schroeder returns to the show to talk about the latest trends and frameworks in the community. Chuck starts off by sharing his own experience of staying on top of his podcast and current projects. They also discuss the significance of working on "side projects" in their field. Additionally, they discuss their perspective on using social media platforms in connecting with people.

Feb 09, 2023

The Evolution of Opal With Elia Schito - RUBY 581

Elia Schito works at Nebulab. He is a Ruby enthusiast and move to a more supporting role for Opal development, mainly reviewing and merging PRs, handling releases, and so on. He returns to the show to talk about Opal and its new features. They also talk about the difference between Opal and ruby-wasm.

Feb 01, 2023

The Significance Of Salary Transparency With Hilary Stohs-Krause - RUBY 580

Hilary Stohs-Krause is the Co-Owner and VP at Ten Forward Consulting. Having already spoken at the RubyConf mini last November 2022 about "Salary Transparency", she returns to the show to further talk about it. She explains how they were able to implement it in their company and why it is important. Moreover, she shares their company's process on how to decide on their employees' salaries.

Jan 25, 2023

Things Software Developers Should Know to Succeed With Andy Hunt - RUBY 579

Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author, and publisher. He also co-authored the best-selling and seminal book, "The Pragmatic Programmer". He joins the show to discuss the important things that software developers should know in this generation. He talks about some of the things that have evolved since he started.

Jan 18, 2023

Boosting Your App's Performance - RUBY 578

Gavin Morrice is a Senior Ruby Engineer at Cookpad. It is a food tech company and the largest online recipe platform. He joins the Rogues to tackle his article, "How we improved our Rails app’s performance with Conditional Get Requests". He explains the idea of their article, what led them to develop their technique, and the way that this technique improves the user's experience.

Jan 11, 2023

Leaving Rails and the Journey Back with Trae Robrock - RUBY 577

Returning guest, Trae Robrock is the founder of but eventually sold the company. In addition, he experimented with various technologies such as node.js, lambda, python, etc. before returning to Rails. He also got into real estate and started a new tech company in the real estate space called,"". Trae joins the show with John and Valentino to discuss his experience and challenges encountered in developing the applications. Moreover, they also tackle some of the tools and software that he used to maintain the apps.

Jan 04, 2023

DevOps, Mentoring, and Careers with Kinsey Durham - RUBY 576

Kinsey Durham Grace is an Enterprise Infrastructure Engineer at GitHub. She is also a lecturer at RailsBridge where they run a workshop to teach scholars to write code. She joins the show with John and Valentino to about a variety of topics mostly focused on DevOps and Mentoring. She shares her experience in teaching scholars in the Ruby Community. Additionally, she talks about her career transition from Go to Ruby.

Dec 28, 2022

Dealing with System Issues In Your Apps - RUBY 575

When working with software or applications, developers and programmers encounter a variety of distinct system issues or problems. The Rogues join the show to share their thoughts about troubleshooting. They discuss identifying and fixing system problems in their applications, whether they're at the front end or the back end, using their own experiences as examples. Additionally, they talk about some of the tools they use to help them fix system issues or errors.

Dec 22, 2022

Optimizing Ruby User Experience With Ivo Anjo - RUBY 574

Ivo Anjo is a Software Engineer at Datadog. His main focus is the Ruby Language. He is currently working on building a Ruby profiler. He returns to the show with Chuck and Valentino to discuss the gvl-tracing gem, a Ruby gem that he recently created. It is a Ruby gem for getting a timeline view of Global VM Lock usage in your Ruby app. Additionally, he describes how this may be applied to improve performance and speed up Ruby Apps.

Dec 16, 2022

Tracking Errors and Performance Using AppSignal With Thijs Cadier - BONUS

AppSignal is a real-time APM provider for Ruby, Rails, Elixir & Phoenix. In addition to host monitoring and an intuitive custom analytics platform, it provides insights into errors and performance problems. Thijs Cadier is the Cofounder and CTO of AppSignal. He starts off by sharing how their company was founded and what inspired them to develop AppSignal. He joins Chuck in the show to talk about AppSignal’s useful and new features. Moreover, he explains the details of how it functions and how users can benefit from subscribing to it.

Dec 14, 2022

MJIT, YJIT, and HAML with Takashi Kokubun - RUBY 573

Takashi Kokubun is a staff developer at Shopify. He has been working with Ruby’s MJIT compiler for over 5 years but has been recently maintaining YJIT as well. JIT compilation is a method of running computer code that involves compilation after a program has begun running rather than before. He joins the show to talk about these topics alongside Chuck and Valentino. He also explains their importance as this contributes to running Ruby applications smoothly. He also shares his experience working with rust and creating HAML 6.0.0.

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.