I first discovered Rails in 2007 and was ah-mazed by how fast you could build something that worked. (And I was happy doing development again)
My first Rails app is still around: We Eatt; I built it to learn Rails, and it turned into a career. 7 years later, and Rails is still the king of productivity. I come from a Guiding students and giving them the toolset to create awesomeness.
I’m way super excited about The Iron Yard in Houston. Open source development is growing in town, with people pushing the threshold of what’s possible. With The Iron Yard, Houston will have the talent we need to fill high paying and happy software development positions. Companies: happy. Developers: happy. It’s a circle of happiness, people!
Happiness is typically underrated by some. Presently, wide swaths of people have careers that they dislike. Even people who develop software for a living can feel stuck in a career. Ruby and Ruby on Rails are designed for developer productivity and happiness.
Fun JWo facts:
- My first database was for my sisters softball little league. I was 7 and shouted out “What you NEED is a database!”
- You can see me give presentations at Ruby and at Rails conferences here here, here and here. (that’s probably too much JWo though.)
- I run the kickenist Ruby Brigade on the Gulf Coast: Houston Ruby
- I’m a serial entrepreneur, and a lover not a fighter