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The Ruby Blend is a new Ruby focused podcast bringing you panel discussions, guest interviews, and much more to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the Ruby development community mixed with sprinkles from other developer communities.

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  • Episode 18: Interviewing

    July 16th, 2020  |  48 mins 36 secs
    interviewing, jobs, open source, oss, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails

    Welcome to The Ruby Blend! The guys catch up on what's been going on
    this week. Ron has been taking an insurance class with his work to learn
    the ins and outs of the insurance industry, Nate's been busy working
    with Code Fund becoming an independent company, and Andrew has been on
    the interviewing circuit trying to find a new job. Which leads us into
    the topic of today's episode, which is "Interviewing." The guys chat all
    about all different things they've experienced over the years with the
    interviewing process and all the different things they've encountered
    with finding new jobs over the years. They do have some bits of advice
    to share as well. Andrew lets us know what he's been having to do
    currently with his interviewing process. And why is Andrew not allowed
    to go bowling anymore? Download this episode to find out all this and
    much more.

  • Episode 17: Open sourcing a Ruby gem with Brittany Martin

    June 26th, 2020  |  54 mins 49 secs
    gems, github, open source, oss, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails

    Welcome to The Ruby Blend! On today's episode, we have special guest,
    Brittany Martin, who is Lead Web Developer for the Pittsburgh Cultural
    Trust, where she is part of a team that develops the non-profits
    ticketing and festival web application and is also the host of the Ruby
    on Rails Podcast on the 5 by 5 Network. Brittany is here to tell us all
    about what she does, gem wrappers, and she is seeking some counsel from
    the guys today on various things. We talk about how important Readme's
    are, useful tools for documentations, a project from Evil Martians, a
    gem called Combustion, and RSpec API documentation is discussed. We end
    with Brittany telling us all about her passion for being in the Roller
    derby. Download this episode now!

  • Episode 16: Playbook Thirty-nine with Nick Haskins

    June 19th, 2020  |  45 mins 5 secs
    open source, oss, playbook thirty-nine, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails

    Welcome to The Ruby Blend! On today’s episode, we have special guest, Nick Haskins, who works as a full-time solo Dev for CG Cookie and a year later he launched Blender Market. Both sites were started on WordPress but eventually outgrew the platform. Without any prior experience with Ruby on Rails, he built both apps from scratch and spent the next few years fixing, learning, and maintaining those platforms. Today, he is going to tell us all about his book he recently published called, Playbook Thirty-nine. There’s an interesting story how he came up with the name. He also tells us about his new platform called Mavenseed. Also, Nick lets us know how it’s been traveling and living the nomadic lifestyle in an RV with his family. Download this episode now.

  • Episode 15: Rails Testing Tools and Best Practices with Jason Swett

    June 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    capybara, minitest, open source, oss, rails, rspec, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails, testing

    Hello and welcome to The Ruby Blend! Today's episode is all about testing! We have special guest, Jason Swett, who is the host of, "Rails with Jason Podcast" and author of, "Rails Testing For Beginners." If you've had very little or no testing experience, don't be afraid to listen to this episode, because Jason will start with a gentle testing intro so you won't get lost. We will talk about the basic tooling of Rails testing and what each of these tools do. Also, we discuss what kinds of tests you should write, tests you don't have to write, and TDD. Download this episode now!

  • Episode 14: Projects, Projects, Projects!!

    May 28th, 2020  |  52 mins 19 secs
    open source, oss, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails, stimulus reflex

    Hello and welcome to The Ruby Blend! In this episode, the guys talk about new and exciting things they've been working on. Nate starts out by talking about how he paired up with Jason Charnes of Podia and Remote Ruby, working on some great things on Stimulus Reflex. Andrew discusses a cool project to check out called BridgetownRB. Also, Andrew talks about some new projects he's been contributing to called "RailsBytes" and "AppLocale." Also, find out why Nate calls Ron the "Sage Wise One" on the show! Download this episode now!

  • Episode 13: Wait, you want to lint commit messages?!?

    May 21st, 2020  |  55 mins 24 secs
    git, github, lint, linters, linting, management, open source, oss, patterns, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails, stimulus, workflows

    Welcome to The Ruby Blend! Ron is back this week, Nate has been wearing the non-developer hats in the organization while he moonlights on Stimulus Reflex, and Andrew has been putting on the hats. Let’s just say they’ve been doing a bit of a “wardrobe change.” Today, the guys will discuss the importance of architecture in apps, Patterns, trade-offs in the business, Conventional Commits, Release Drafter, and reading POODR. And, we also find out that Andrew is in awe of magic code that fixes itself!

  • Episode 12: The State of the Rails Community with Julian Rubisch

    May 14th, 2020  |  38 mins 2 secs
    art, github, music, open source, oss, people, rails, relationships, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails, stimulus

    Welcome to The Ruby Blend! Today, we have special guest, Julian Rubisch, a Freelance Ruby Developer form Vienna, Austria. He's also an electrical composer of music. Julian tells us about his background and what he does. He also talks about the relationship between music and programming. Some other topics the guys talk about are Ruby on Rails, Jumpstart Pro, changing things in the Rails community to make it more approachable to newcomers, Julian's website he created called Better StimulusJS, and Znibbl.es. Download this episode now to find out more!!!

  • Episode 11: Open Source Funding and CodeFund with Eric Berry

    May 7th, 2020  |  51 mins 29 secs
    codefund, funding, github, open source, oss, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails

    Welcome to The Ruby Blend! Today, we have special guest, Eric Berry, the
    Founder of CodeFund, who will be talking about CodeFund. He gives us a
    background of how the company was founded, what its mission is, and also
    running a business and not spending as much time in the code. Eric
    shares some raw and real stories and speaks from his heart about
    CodeFund and the people that make it so successful. Download this
    episode now!

  • Episode 10: Parentheses and typosquatting

    April 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 52 secs
    code of conduct, github, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, rubygems, rubyonrails, security, stimulus reflex, technology

    In this episode, Nate has to check his emails, Andrew uses parentheses, and Ron drowns in the DigitalOcean. We also find out why Nate was right (again). Also, what happened with typosquatting? Nate dives into the Manager vs. Maker's schedule. And why does Andrew have "needless paranoia?" Download this episode to find out about all these and more.

  • Episode 9: ViewComponent at GitHub with Joel Hawksley

    April 16th, 2020  |  55 mins 55 secs
    component, components, github, interview, rails, react, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails, technology, viewcomponent

    Joel Hawksley is the guest on today's episode. He is a Software Engineer
    at GitHub and works on the design system team, leading development on
    ViewComponent, formerly known as ActionView::Component. Joel is a very
    encouraging, uplifting, and inviting guest who tells it like it is.
    Andrew even throws in a little "homework" for those of you listening!

  • Episode 8: Tests and Webpacker

    April 9th, 2020  |  54 mins 45 secs
    cable ready, cableready, minitest, rails, rspec, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails, sponsor, stimulus reflex, stimulusreflex, tdd, test

    As the guys stay quarantined in their houses video games seem to help
    pass the time for some. In this episode they talk about GitHub sponsors.
    Also, making sure you keep your tests up to date, "hairy" problems in
    StimulusReflex, and Webpacker 5 and 5.0.1 coming out. The guys also
    talk working remotely from home and how they've all had challenges to
    face. And the big question is, "Why is Andrew always getting chastised for testing?"
    You will see, so listen here.

  • Episode 7: Static Sites and Testing

    April 3rd, 2020  |  53 mins 35 secs
    design systems, gatsby, jamstack, minitest, rails, rspec, ruby, ruby on rails, rubyonrails, spec, ssg, static sites, storybook, style guides, test, testing, tests, unit tests

    Nate, Ron, and Andrew stay quarantined along with the rest of the nation. Ron is
    happy he has snacks, so he's good! In this episode, the guys talk about
    Gatsby, Frontend JavaScript, Static Site Generation, and testing
    frameworks. Also, find out why Ron and Andrew affectionately refer to Nate as "Grandpa".