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Japanese translation of the Rails Tutorial

Nov 21, 2013 • posted by Michael Hartl

I’m pleased to announce the availability of a translation of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial to Japanese, the native language of Ruby creator Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Matz and several other Japanese Ruby developers over the years, and they’ve always impressed me both with their technical brilliance and their friendliness. I consider it a great honor that Yohei Yasukawa, Shozo Hatta, and their fellow contributors have chosen to translate the Rails Tutorial to Japanese, and I thank them for their excellent work.

As with the English version of the Rails Tutorial, the Japanese translation is available for free online as HTML; with my blessing, the Japanese translators are also offering ebook sales of the translation, the proceeds of which go to support their efforts. If you are a Japanese speaker, please check it out!

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.)