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30 Ruby on Rails Experts, Bloggers and Influencers to Follow in 2020

Jan 217 min read

Michał Rejman

IT Marketing Strategist at Ideamotive. Travel addict and remote work advocate.

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Who are the best Ruby on Rails experts on the Web? Who to follow? Where to find them? We did that research, so you don’t have to!

Ruby on Rails is usually our first web app technology of choice. This amazing framework lets us deliver state-of-the-art web applications and help startups and businesses of different sectors scale up quickly and efficiently.

Ruby on Rails also means also great, collaborative community of developers from all around the world. That’s why we scanned through their blogs and social media profiles and created a list of the best Ruby on Rails experts to follow in 2020. Please, enjoy!

1. Riding Rails

Let’s kick off with the official Ruby on Rails blog. It is probably the best way to keep up with all the Ruby-related news and releases. New updates are posted every week or so – make sure to follow RoR official Twitter account so you won’t miss anything! This one is a must-read for all the Ruby on Rails experts.

2. RubyFlow

RubyFlow is another amazing way to stay in touch with active Ruby community. This linklog aggregates the best Ruby content from all over the Web in one place. With daily updates and multiple contributors (both independent developers and Ruby on Rails companies), RubyFlow is your number one source of ROR news.

3. RubyLand.news

RubyLand is yet another great aggregator of Ruby content, created by Jonathan Rochkind. A new post appears there nearly every hour so sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. Nevertheless, it's worth to check it from time to time (alternatively, you can just follow their Twitter profile).

4. Avdi Grimm

Avdi Grimm is a true veteran among Ruby on Rails experts and a great contributor to the Ruby community. He is the creator of Ruby Tapas, one of the biggest collections of Ruby-related screencasts on the internet. He also co-hosts the Ruby Rouges podcast and is the author of two books on Ruby: Confident Ruby and Exceptional Ruby. You can follow him on Twitter and Github.

5. Nate Berkopec

Nate Berkopec is a Ruby on Rails performance consultant. He is a contributor to several open source projects and the author of The Complete Guide to Rails Performance. Above all, Nate is a speed freak – if you are looking for an expert on RoR app performance, he is your guy.

6. Aaron Patterson

Aaron Patterson is a Ruby on Rails developer at GitHub who runs a beautifully-named blog about Ruby Tender Love Making. He is also a well-recognized public speaker. Check out his great keynote from the RailsConf 2017 – one of the most influential conferences for Ruby on Rails experts. If he wasn’t coding in Ruby, he would make a pretty good stand-up comedian… 🙂

7. Sandi Metz

Sandi Metz is a RoR programmer, consultant and a world-recognized Ruby on Rails speaker. She’s a great storyteller – visit YouTube and Vimeo for her amazing talks. Being a great teacher, Sandy took her coding expertise and coined it into a practical object-oriented design course and the Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby book.

8. David Heinemeier Hanssen

This list would not be complete without David Heinemeier Hanssen – the creator of Ruby on Rails framework and Founder & CTO at Basecamp. He is also an author of two bestselling books: REWORK (on running a business) and REMOTE (on remote working). He is probably the most important figure among all the Ruby on Rails experts.

Although he is now more focused on his racing career in the FIA World Endurance Championship, David occasionally gives talks on the topic of business and technology. That’s just one of the reasons to keep an eye on him on Twitter.

9. Karol Galanciak

Karol Galanciak is a Polish Ruby on Rails and Ember.js expert. He is still pretty active on his blog, where you can find many useful Ruby tricks. Karol is one of those great guys who believe in the power of open source and sharing the knowledge. You can download his book on writing tests in Amber for free from his site.

10. A Fresh Cup

This nice weblog curated by Mike Gunderloy covers Ruby on Rails and other software development-related issues. The daily dose of fresh links awaits for every Mike’s visitor. Come by for a double shot of high-quality newspresso!

11. Running with Ruby

A blog on Ruby on Rails curated by Maciej Mensfeld, a software developer from Poland. Maciej is also the creator of Karafka, a framework used to simplify Apache Kafka-based Ruby applications development.

12. Everyday Rails

Everyday Rails is a cool project by Aaron Sumner, focused on sharing general, pragmatic tips that show how to use Rails “to get stuff done on the job.” If that sounds right to you, subscribe to Aaron's newsletter with Ruby on Rails news and tips or just follow the Everyday Rails account on Twitter. Aaron is also the author of Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec: A practical approach to test-driven development. (available on Amazon).

13. Mike Perham

Mike Perham is an independent open source software developer based in Portland. For Ruby-related content, you can visit his Ruby on Rails blog or follow his Twitter profile. If you work for a Ruby on Rails development agency, you’ll surely find some interesting content there.

14. Bibliographic Wilderness by Jonathan Rochkind

We’ve already mentioned Jonathan Rochkind on our list – he is the creator of RubyLand aggregator and a true RoR freak. On the Bibliographic Wilderness blog, he writes about digital library services, Ruby, and web development.

15. Sam Saffron

Sam Saffron is a Ruby expert from Sydney and a co-founder of Discourse, Ruby on Rails-based communication tool for companies. On his blog, he writes about performance, Ruby, and other technology-related topics.

16. Koichi Sasada

Koichi Sasada is a Ruby programmer based in Tokyo. He is a director of The Ruby Association, a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the Ruby programming language. Sasada is currently working on developing Ruby interpreter (MRI/CRuby) at Cookpad, Inc.

17. Awesome Ruby

Not a blog, but still worth mentioning. Awesome Ruby is a top-notch collection of awesome Ruby gems, tools, frameworks and software. Their weekly newsletter is definitely worth subscribing to – apart from useful gems, it consists of news, tutorials and other valuable content. This one should be on the must-read list of every self-respecting Ruby on Rails development company.

18. Chris Oliver

One-man-army in the Ruby on Rails community. Chris is the author of GoRails, Ruby on Rails screencast for intermediate developers and the creator of multiple Rails-related tools, such as HatchBox.io or LaunchCode. You can follow him on Twitter and GitHub.

19. ChicagoRuby

Another not-really-a-blog-but-still-worth-visiting source of knowledge. ChicagoRuby is a group of Ruby and Ruby on Rails enthusiasts meeting on a regular basis in Chicago. The group also organizes WindyCityRails, an annual gathering of RoR fans in the city. If you wonder why they made it to this list – check their videos on YouTube.

20. Brandon Hilkert

Brandon Hilkert is a developer and bootstrapper with a goal of inspiring people to improve their products and applications. He is also an author of a book about building Ruby gems and a free email course on this topic.

21. Richard Schneeman

Richard Schneeman, a Ruby Team member in Heroku, provides great content on his blog. Besides that, he is also the creator and maintainer of CodeTriage, an amazing online tool for getting people involved with Open Source. Apart from contributing to the open source community, Richard also an organizes the Keep Ruby Weird conferences in Austin, Texas. If you ever in the area, make sure to take part!

22. Akita on Rails

Fabio Akita is a New Tech, Ruby and Agile specialist from Brazil, where he organizes RubyConf Brazil. Apart from running his blog, Akita is one of the most active Quora users within Ruby on Rails category, with over 250 questions answered. You can check out his profile here.

23. Pat Shaughnessy

Pat is a Ruby developer at Apple. He runs his blog and a Twitter account – both really worth following. Besides that, he also self-published a seriously insightful book about RoR, called Ruby Under a Microscope. It provides some great insights into how Ruby works internally.

24. Bernhard Støcker

You can benefit from Bernhard’s Ruby expertise only if you are on Quora. This Germany-based coder and mathematician holds the honorable first place in the number of questions answered in the Ruby on Rails category. Amazing work, Bernhard! We really appreciate it!

25. Nick Sutterer

Nick is the creator of Trailblazer, a library for Ruby on Rails that provides better high-level architecture for every project. Trailblazer is loved by devs from many different companies and enterprises, and Nick himself likes to talk about his invention and Ruby on Rails itself during various conferences and local meetups. You can follow him on Twitter, where he often shares his own insights on tech and software development.

26. Dave Kimura

There aren’t many people who contribute to the Ruby on Rails community as much as Dave Kimura. He does not only run a weekly screencast Drifting Ruby, but is also one of the panelists at the Ruby Rogues podcast. The first one has been already going for over 200 episodes, while the latter celebrated its 400th (!) episode in February 2019.

27. Xavier Noria 

Member of the Rails core team and Ruby on Rails consultant with around 20 years of experience. During his career so far, Noria partnered with companies such as Channel 5, Segway, and Rakuten. He also regularly speaks at conferences, both local (Spain) and the more international ones. 

You can follow Xavier Noria on Twitter.

28. Sarah Allen 

Allen is one of the most important advocates for diversity in tech among the Ruby on Rails experts. She co-founded RailsBridge, an organization aiming to provide free courses on Ruby, Rails, HTML, and CSS, mainly dedicated to women. The first series of trainings took place in San Francisco back in the 2019, but now RailsBridge offers its help also in other cities and countries around the world, including Germany and Canada. 

29. Terence Lee


For nearly a decade, Terence Lee has been working at Heroku as a Senior Ruby Engineer. Although he hasn’t updated his blog for a while, it’s still worth looking into when in search for Ruby on Rails tips & guides. Terence is still active on Twitter and supports the Rails Girls initiative.

30. Coraline Ada Ehmke


One of the 2016 Ruby Hero Award winners. Very active on Twitter, but also in other places onlines. She is a big advocate for open source software and the author of Contributor Covenant, A Code of Conduct for Open Source Projects. On her own site, she runs a blog and provides links to the conference talks she gave.

 

Did you enjoy the read? Or maybe you know some other amazing Ruby on Rails experts who we didn’t mention? Tell us about them, we’d be happy to expand the list! And if you are looking for more information on Ruby on Rails Development, check out our Ruby on Rails Development Guide.

 

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Michał Rejman

Michał is a digital marketing veteran with a growth hacking mindset and 10+ years of experience. His goal is building high-quality technological content, with particular emphasis on React and Ruby on Rails. Traveler, climber, remote work advocate.

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