Learning Rails with Michael Hartl


“It really seemed like Rails just put everything together, so I thought well let’s give this thing a try, and I liked it.”

Michael Hartl is the author of The Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a widely acclaimed guide to learning how to build Ruby on Rails webapps.


  • You have a background in physics, including getting a PhD studying black hole dynamics – why did you switch careers to software?
  • What was unique about the Ruby on Rails Tutorial when it first came out?
  • Why didn’t Python and Django take off in the same way Ruby on Rails did?
  • What do you think about the shift from Rails to full-stack JavaScript?
  • Is there anything about Rails that you’re not a fan of?
  • What are you building at your new company?


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