A Tribute to Ezra Zygmuntowicz

Af54a0871600db7fbdbb5c558a6e29a3?s=47 Mike Perham
December 02, 2014

A Tribute to Ezra Zygmuntowicz

Ezra's influence and legacy in the Ruby community was immense. He will be missed.

Go here to donate to his family: http://bit.ly/ezrafund


Mike Perham

December 02, 2014


  1. A Tribute to Ezra Zygmuntowicz aka @ezmobius

  2. From 2006-2010, Ezra was THE tech tastemaker in the Ruby

    OSS world. "One name" Rubyists of the era: DHH, Matz, Zed, Ezra, ...
  3. EngineYard • Co-founded EngineYard in 2006 • Had enormous influence

    in the Rails world
  4. Literally wrote the book on Deploying Rails Applications

  5. Merb • Mongrel + ERB • Created Merb to work

    around Rails perf problems for EY customers • Merb merged with Rails as part of the 3.0 release
  6. Nginx • The first to use Nginx in the Ruby

    world • For about a year, his blog post at brainspl.at was the only config documentation for setting it up with Mongrel. Everyone used his config as a starting point.
  7. Chef • EngineYard was the first big deploy of Chef?

    • Ezra co-wrote chef-solo
  8. Redis • Gave the first conference talk on Redis in

    2009 • Created the "redis" gem, first Ruby client
  9. There's more? • Married with one kid • Worked early

    on at CloudFoundry • was a pro glass blower • Ran a 3D printing startup (Trinity Labs) • Recently co-founded Stuffstr
  10. By All Accounts... • Loved to hack with others •

    Keep that Open Source generosity alive
  11. Ezra's Memorial Fund http://bit.ly/ezrafund