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Ruby Heroes

Mar 30, 2010 • posted by Michael Hartl

In the last couple days, several readers have let me know that they have nominated the Ruby on Rails Tutorial project for a Ruby Hero award; I am suprised and flattered by these nominations. Although Rails Tutorial is not a charity—I hope to make it a sustainable enterprise through screencast sales and possible online classes—it was born of a desire to make Ruby on Rails web development accessible to as broad an audience as possible. If you feel that Rails Tutorial deserves recognition as a Ruby Hero, I encourage you to submit the project's main URL (i.e., http://www.railstutorial.org/) at the Ruby Hero Awards website.

P.S. Chapter 9 is coming very soon. :-)

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.)