Jeremy and Jess interview indie developers who have a passion for the Rails framework and bring their hustle and creativity to building a business. They strive to understand the challenges these developers face and how they are overcoming them to create successful businesses.
What to Look For in a New Client
Jess and Jeremy discuss an excellent question posed by Nate Vick: What are you looking for in a new client?
Whether you're looking for a new client, new target market for your product, or a new job, identifying the people you will be serving (or want to be serving) is a critical step to finding success and happiness in business.
Join us as we contemplate and examine Nate's question in our own businesses. Hopefully it will get you thinking about your own!
John Nunemaker - Rolling with Flipper
John Nunemaker is a long-time Rails developer known for his writing on the RailsTips blog, his open source gems like HTTParty and Flipper, and his work at Ordered List, GitHub, and now Box Out Sports and Fewer & Faster. He joins us to share about his developer journey, the origins of the Flipper gem, and the creation of Flipper Cloud.
Relevant LinksWebsiteTwitterGitHubBox Out SportsFlipper CloudFewer & FasterSpeaker DeckRailsTipsFlipper HTTParty
Bram Jetten - Building Spina & PlanGo
Bram Jetten joins us for a special episode, recorded on the second day of Rails World 2023. (BIG thanks to Buzz Sprout for sponsoring and making this happen!) Bram is a maker of many things, but his two main focuses are an open source project Spina CMS, and the SaaS business he helped found and build called PlanGo: software for driving schools.
Spina Pro (currently developing) A pro version of Spina CMS
Spina CMS An open source Rails CMS
Spina Shop An e-commerce plugin for Spina
PlanGo 🇳🇱 My SaaS-business targeted at driving schools
Mr. Hop 🇳🇱 Webshop selling specialty craft beers
Robodash A bg/cron-job monitoring tool
iPad app for my grandma with Alzheimer's I made a calendar app for my grandma
Greg Molnar - Security on Rails
Greg Molnar joins us for a special episode, recorded on the first day of Rails World 2023. Greg is an OSCP Certified Ethical Hacker and an independent Ruby developer. We talk about his consulting work, his Rails Tricks newsletter, his newsletter product Pombo Mailer, and his new book Secure code review for Rails Developers.
Relevant LinksTwitterWebsiteRails TricksPombo MailerSecure code review for Rails Developers
Managing Yourself - Tips and advice for managing being indie longterm
Jeremy just recently gave a talk at friendly.rb titled "Making it as an Indie Developer". Part of the talk was about managing yourself and we wanted to do a deeper dive into that topic. As an indie developer (or could be applied to other categories like business owners or founders) , how do you manage the business, your career, motivation, goals, health, pipeline, workflow, etc??
They don't have all the answers, but Jeremy and Jess bring their nearly 30 combined years of experience to share how they make it as indie developers.
Robby Russell - Maintaining Planet Argon
Robby Russell is founder and CEO of Planet Argon, one of the oldest Rails development agencies, now in it's 21st year. Robby shares how he got started in Rails and how he grew Planet Argon to the organization it is today.
Some listeners might remember him as "Robby on Rails" from the early Rails era; Robby is also the creator of the popular dev tool, Oh My Zsh. In addition to these, Robby hosts the Maintainable Software Podcast, where he speaks with seasoned practitioners and shares valuable insights into navigating legacy code and technical debt. His passion isn't limited to tech, though. He's also the guitarist for The Mighty Missoula, an instrumental art rock band from Portland, Oregon. From coding to music, Robby truly encompasses a diverse spectrum of interests.
Planet Argon's Ruby on Rails consulting services
Maintainable Software Podcast
Robby on Rails (old Rails blog)