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coderpath interview about the Rails Tutorial project

Feb 23, 2011 • posted by Michael Hartl

According to its website, "The coderpath podcast is a talk show with a bias toward the Ruby programming language, working on projects, business, and geeking out." I finally got a chance to listen to the coderpath interview about the Rails Tutorial project, and I think hosts Miles Forrest and Curtis McHale did a great job. I recommend listening to it if you're curious about the origins of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial project, and I also discuss some of the projects I hope to do in the future. You can listen to it online here or download it directly here.

Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)