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Ruby Heroes 2016

Ruby Heroes 2016

Ruby Heroes 2016 took place at RailsConf in Kansas City, Missouri. This is the presentation that introduced our 9 new Ruby Heroes for the year.

Olivier Lacan

May 05, 2016

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  1. Because of her tireless efforts in making the Open Source

    community a better place, by creating the Contributor Covenant and trying incredibly hard to get people, even in the most hostile environments, to adopt it.
  2. He’s a long time Ruby and Rails committer, organizes RubyKaigi

    — one of the great international Ruby conferences in Tokyo, and he’s the author of many widely used gems like Kaminari, active_decorator, traceroute, database_rewinder, and more.
  3. [In the last four years they] have raised almost half

    a million dollars and recruited hundreds of coaches and mentors to get dozens of women into programming and contributing to open source. [...] we can attest that it changes peoples' lives.
  4. [He] has put many years and tremendous effort into continuously

    and incrementally improving the C Ruby implementation. He wrote YARV, pushed for flonums, implemented partial generation garbage collection, and many many other improvements. All of these things have been the primary drivers of increased performance and better [garbage collection]. His impact is large but his presence is not (at least in much of the world outside Japan).
  5. His articles are always informative and enjoyable. Furthermore, they focus

    on big language issues (performance, memory) and they mention problems AND solutions. [He] represents what is good about the Ruby community.
  6. With RubyTapas, [he] continues his long tradition of leveling up

    Ruby developers everywhere. In his appearances on the RubyRogues podcast, [he] always asks interesting questions and provides tidbits of wisdom on Ruby and the state of our community. With [books] like Confident Ruby and Exceptional Ruby, [he] has given guidance to many new Ruby developers on writing clean and readable Ruby code. [He] has inspired me to be not only be a better Ruby developer, but also better Software Developer overall. That's why he's my Ruby Hero.
  7. He has been leading the JRuby project for most of

    its existence, which has been responsible for many enterprises using Ruby. He is constantly working on making JRuby better and faster, and regularly going to conferences all over the world showing how you can use Ruby and still have high performance.