My name is Aaron Patterson, aka "tenderlove". I am a Senior Software Engineer at a small startup company called GitHub. I'm on the Rails Core team, which is the team responsible for developing and maintaining the Rails web framework. I'm also on the Ruby Core team which is the team responsible for developing and maintaining the Ruby language.
I love programming, cats, and cooking (specifically meat curing). I am also a mechanical keyboard enthusiast and amateur / beginning hardware hacker. Please ask me anything!
As some ideas for stuff to talk about:
- I've been working on a compacting GC for Ruby so we could talk about that.
- I've been looking at speeding up template rendering so we could also talk about that.
- Concurrency and parallelism in Ruby
- Making stuff with AVR chips
- Which mechanical switches are best
- Cat stuff
- How puns are created
I have noticed several developers are migrating from ruby to new languages, not because these new languages are better, but because developers like to be trendy. Do you agree this is not good for a developer's career? Since the developer doesn't deepen their knowledge in the language details and never becomes a real senior in the field. Also, companies are hurt by the lack of senior professionals.