Who is Ryan Bates?
I host and produce Railscasts, free Ruby on Rails screencasts which are released every Monday. Teaching is my passion, and I love doing it through screencasts.
I got started with PHP but found I was quickly creating spaghetti code which had no structure. A large site became nearly unmaintainable so I looked for alternatives. Rails was a rising star at the time so I looked into it skeptically but was very impressed by the speed and ease in which I could create complex apps. I haven’t looked back since.
What does your typical day look like?
I work for my dad’s company, Artbeats, as the sole web developer. The rest of the time I usually spend working on Railscasts and open source projects.
What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy playing video games, bowling, tennis, movies, and spending time with my family.
Current favorite apps?
On the OS: TextMate, Terminal and Safari. I find it to be a fantastic
trinity for web development.
On the web: GitHub, Gmail and Twitter are what I find most useful.
What OS do you prefer?
Mac OS X.
Small picture for your Workplace?
Favorite: Language (PHP, Python …), JS Framework?
Ruby and jQuery.
What are your personal projects and goals for 2010?
I have something big in the works for Railscasts but I cannot speak of it yet. Shhh.