I was still working as a Unix administrator when I started with Ruby. I knew I wanted to start building things, and it was clear to me that web development was the only good place to do that at that time. I jumped on Ruby on Rails as the only language and framework that seemed focused on helping me get things done as opposed to endless architecting. I started with the pragmatic books - Agile Development with Rails, and Programming Ruby. They were great places to start, but nothing teaches like doing. My time at Thoughtbot
is what really helped me grow from a beginning Rubiest to an expert.
Right now, I'm mostly interested in cloud technologies, which is why I'm working at Engine Yard
. Just like before, I'm focused on helping developers get stuff done as quickly as possible. Having a platform to deploy to which takes care of all of the sysadmin stuff I used to have to worry about is a huge win for developers.