RailsClub'Moscow 2013. Interview with Ernie Miller

A little less than a month is left before the start of the 12th conference of Rails-developers RailsClub'Moscow 2013 ( buy a ticket )
Many famous guests are expected: Ernie Miller, Jeremy Evans, Eric Hodl, Frederic Chang, Linda Liucas, Obi Fernandez and not only. We have already managed to make friends and talk with some of them, and now we are pleased to introduce you.

Let's start with an interview with Ernie Miller , author of squeel , an ActiveRecord specialist.

Interviews are published with original answers in English and our free translation.


When and why did you start programming?

I started at the age of 6. My parents brought home a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 2 computer. I already loved video games then and wanted to start making my own.

I started at 6 years old. My parents brought home a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 2. I already had a love of video games, and I wanted to start making my own.

What are you working on now?

I work at Wantful, improve our recommendation engine, in other words, have fun.
I'm working at Wantful, improving our recommendations engine and otherwise having a blast.

What is the best and what is the worst in your work?

The best: an interesting workflow and a strong team.
The worst: since the team is small and the work is interesting, you need to be able to stop on time and find time for your family
Best: Interesting work and a strong team.
Worst: Since the team is small and the work is interesting, I have to constantly remind myself to keep healthy boundaries and spend time with my family.

What do you consider to be your main achievement in life / career at the moment?

I took courage and this year I began to speak at conferences, and this is a real breakthrough.

I got up the nerve to actually start speaking at conferences this year, and it's been a blast.

What is the purpose of your career and professional development?

Career is not the main thing for me, although it helps me take care of the well-being of my family. I was incredibly lucky because I can do what I love and get paid for it.

My career is a means to support my family, and not my primary focus. I'm extremely blessed to be able to do what I love and get paid to do it.

What helps a programmer grow professionally?

It is important to be able to integrate the skills that you have learned into those projects that are important to you. The knowledge that you absorb is only as useful as it is put into practice.

It's important that you're applying what you're learning to a project you care about. The knowledge you gain is only as useful as the things it enables you to create.

What book would you recommend to any programmer to read?

Every programmer should read The Passionate Programmer by Chad Fowler .

Every developer should read "The Passionate Programmer," by Chad Fowler.

What do you like to do in your free time from writing code?

I am a volunteer counselor in my church — helping people with various difficulties. This is something completely different from programming. "Entanglement" and "complexity" in people of a completely different kind than in computers. I also love spending time with my wife and stepdaughter, playing sports and playing computer games or game consoles.

I volunteer as a counselor at my church, where I help people who are going through challenging situations in life. It's a very different experience than programming. People are "messy" and "complicated" in ways that computers aren't. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and stepdaughter, working out, and PC / console gaming.

Thanks for the interview and see you in Moscow!

The conference

We invite everyone to the RailsClub'Moscow 2013 conference. Traditionally, we will deliciously feed, give gifts, hold contests and lotteries, play good music :) There will be a lot of interesting and informative.

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Our sponsors

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Gold sponsors

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