RR 375: "How to Contribute to Ruby" with Sihui Huang

Episode 382 · August 14th, 2018 · 58 mins 7 secs

About this Episode


  • Eric Berry

Special Guests: Sihui Huang

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, the panel talks to Sihui Huang about his article "How to Contribute to Ruby." Sihui is currently a back-end engineer at Gusto, which is a startup that works with payroll, benefits, and HR for companies. They talk about her experience in the programming world, why she chose to work with Ruby, and they touch on her article and why she decided to write it. They also touch on the three focuses for Ruby 3, if she thinks Ruby has a long time future, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Sihui intro
  • Back-end engineer at Gusto
  • Working with Rails and Ruby
  • How old is the app?
  • How long have you been programming in Ruby?
  • Why Ruby?
  • Working with Ruby is like talking to a friend
  • "How to Contribute to Ruby"
  • What is your experience with Mats?
  • Try to keep decision making as open as possible
  • The three focuses for Ruby 3
  • How Ruby is trying to achieve concurrency
  • Room for improvement
  • Do you see Ruby having a long time future?
  • Ruby is not going anywhere
  • The philosophy of having a small team
  • The assumption that you need a big team to have a big company
  • Tooling
  • Many core contributors don’t use Ruby themselves
  • Enjoying the language
  • Type checking
  • What benefits come from type checking?
  • Compilers to detect errors
  • And much, much more!