RR 376: "Ruby Performance" with Nate Berkopec

Episode 383 · August 21st, 2018 · 1 hr 6 mins

About this Episode


  • Charles Max Wood
  • Eric Berry
  • David Richards

Special Guests: Nate Berkopec

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, the panel talks to Nate Berkopec about Ruby Performance. Nate is a freelance Ruby performance consultant and he writes and works on Ruby application performance, specifically Rails applications, which he has been doing for the past 3 or 4 years. They talk about his past experience, what led him to Ruby performance, and why he loves Turbolinks. They also touch on the two benefits to performance work, if Ruby performance on the back-end really matters for the majority of cases, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Nate intro
  • Ruby and Rails
  • Was on Shark Tank
  • What led you into Ruby performance?
  • Always enjoyed the easily quantified parts of development
  • Performance work is very cut and dry
  • Why do you love Turbolinks?
  • 100ms to Glass with Rails and Turbolinks – Turbolinks article
  • The beauty of Turbolinks
  • The Complete Guide to Rails Performance
  • The two benefits to performance work
  • Making things scalable and back-end
  • End-user experience
  • Compiling JavaScript
  • Does Ruby performance on the back-end really matter for the majority of cases?
  • Making the experience feel faster
  • Search
  • Admin actions
  • What would you do when you have a N+1 query problem?
  • Finding a N+1 and fixing it on the back-end
  • How he fixes an N+1
  • Bullet gem
  • And much, much more!