I haven’t been blogging lately, but I have been writing. Along with the Best Advice article that came out last week I’ve also recently did an interview with Michael Hart, the author of Ruby on Rails Tutorial, 2nd edition. Here’s how it starts:
Russ: One thing that surprised me as I was preparing for this interview is that you have a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. How did you start in physics and end up in Ruby?
Michael: My work was mainly in computational physics, so I was writing programs all the time as part of my Ph.D. research. I also got interested in the idea of starting a company when I graduated. It was obvious in the late ’90s that software was moving online, so I decided to learn web development. I started with PHP, moved on to Python (in the pre-Django days), and then found Rails.
You can find the whole interview here: An Interview with Michael Hartl: Ruby on Rails, the ‘Magic’ Problem, and the Higgs Boson