17.3. Ruby and Rails Rockstars

There are also quite a few Ruby and Rails developers to whom I owe thanks. Funnily enough, many of them are also competitors, because they also offer books, videos or training on Rails or Ruby. The Rails community contains many colorful and sometimes rather egocentrical characters. I now believe that this is even necessary for their success. I am listing people that have been important in one way or another for the creation of this book, and without whom this book would probably not have been written in the way it was. This does however not mean that I always agree with these people. ;-)
  • Yukihiro Matsumoto (a.k.a. Matz)
    As inventor of Ruby, I surely owe him the greatest thanks. His book "The Ruby Programming Language" (O'Reilly Media) is one of the best books on programming languages that I have ever read. I also want to thank the main author David Flanagan.
    Information on Matz can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukihiro_Matsumoto
  • David Heinemeier Hansson
    As inventor of Rails, I also logically owe him great thanks.
    David's homepage can be found at http://www.loudthinking.com/
  • Dave Thomas
    Dave has done so much for the Ruby and Rails community with his numerous books and his publishing house The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC. (see also http://www.pragprog.com/). Together with Chad Fowler, he showed me a great deal in two Rails seminars in the USA. He has been a leading Rails programmer right from the start and is right up there at the top with his impressive knowledge.
  • Chad Fowler
    I approached Rails in several stages and once more with each new version. But it took years until it finally clicked in my head. A Rails training course held by Dave Thomas and Chad Fowler in Denver Colorado was an important step for me in this process. Like Dave, Chad has incredible knowhow of Ruby and Rails.
    Chad's homepage can be found at http://chadfowler.com/
  • Ryan Bates
    With his http://railscasts.com/ program, Ryan is a veritable institution in the Rails community. Each week there is at least one new screencast on a particular topic to do with Rails. Definitely highly recommended!

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