Episode 58

MRS 058: Aaron Sumner


August 29th, 2018

21 mins 18 secs

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About this Episode

Panel: Charles Max Wood

Guest: Aaron Sumner

This week on My Ruby Story, Charles talks to Aaron Sumner. Aaron is a senior software engineer at O’Reilly Media as well as runs the blog Everyday Rails and wrote a book entitled Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec. He first got into programming when his school got a computer and he took a computer class at a local community college that he took in order to learn how to write games. They talk about how he got into Ruby, what he is proud of contributing to the community, why he decided to write his book, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Ruby Rogues Episode 353
  • Aaron intro
  • Writer of Everyday Rails blog and the book Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec
  • How did you first get into programming?
  • University of Kansas – Links browser
  • Web development in college
  • How did you get into Ruby?
  • Perl and PHP
  • Got to decide which stack to use at new job – tried out Rails and Django
  • Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
  • What are the things that you get excited about?
  • What have you done in the community that you’re proud of?
  • Why did you write the book about testing in Rails?
  • Saw that very few books were available
  • Deliberate about how to learn testing
  • Writing the book based off of his popular blog posts
  • Self-published on LeanPub
  • Writing a book was a good next step for him at the time
  • Where has most of your contribution to the community been?
  • Speaks at conferences
  • Active in meetups
  • What are you working on currently?
  • And much, much more!