NOTE: This post was originally published in April 2014, but has since been revised with updated profile information. Do you know of other experts who should be included in this list? Please send suggestions to @NewRelic on Twitter, using hashtag #rubyexperts.
Created by Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto and first released (as version 0.95) in 1995, Ruby didn’t become massively popular until a decade later, when the Ruby on Rails web application framework was written. Today the language boasts an enormous global online community and powers everything from NASA simulations and the Metasploit security framework to Google SketchUp’s macro scripting API and web applications like Basecamp and A List Apart.
Want to learn from some of the brightest minds in the Ruby community? Want to learn tips and tricks that’ll save you oodles of coding time? Following, in alphabetical order, are 20 Ruby developers to follow online.
1. Sarah Allen
Technical lead at Google; co-founder of RailsBridge and program director of Bridge Foundry; developer of After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video, and OpenLaszlo, and 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution.
2. James Edward Gray II
Contract programmer, owner of Gray Productions Software, and member of the Ruby community since 2004; panel member on the Ruby Rogues podcast; author of Best of Ruby Quiz; 2008 Ruby Hero award winner.
3. Avdi Grimm
Software developer; host of Ruby Tapas webcasts; co-host of the Ruby Rogues podcast; and author of Objects on Rails; 2016 Ruby Hero award winner.
4. Aman Gupta
5. Eric Hodel
6. Terence Lee
Senior Ruby engineer at Heroku; core team on Resque and Bundler; contributor to Rails Girls; 2013 Ruby Hero award winner.
7. Linda Liukas
Programmer; co-founder of Rails Girls; author of children’s book Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding; 2013 Ruby Hero award winner; named “Digital Champion of Finland” by the European Commission in 2013.
8. Desi McAdam
9. Sarah Mei
10. Mislav Marohnić
11. Sandi Metz
12. Erik (Michaels-Ober) Berlin
13. Charles Nutter
Senior principal software engineer at Red Hat; core team on JRuby; led the open source LiteStep project in the 1990s; 2016 Ruby Hero award winner.
14. Katrina Owen
15. Aaron Patterson
Software engineer; Ruby and Rails Maintainer at GitHub; public speaker; committer to Nokogiri, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails; 2010 Ruby Hero award winner.
16. Mike Perham
Open source developer; founder and CEO of Contributed Systems, author and maintainer of Sidekiq, Sidekiq Pro, and Sidekiq Enterprise (the background job framework for Ruby); 2013 Ruby Hero award winner.
17. Evan Phoenix
18. Sam Saffron
Open source developer; co-founder of Discourse and co-creator of Media Browser (now Emby); 2015 Ruby Hero award winner.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/17174/sam-saffron
19. Koichi Sasada
20. Charlie Somerville