I’ve written here about my experiences pair programming while I was at Pivotal Labs, and also my approach to testing. But my most popular article, by a huge margin, is about the dangers of shiny new technology.
I founded RailsBridge in 2009 with Sarah Allen. We run free two-day workshops for women who want to learn Ruby on Rails. We’ve done over 150 events that have reached over 3000 women. Many workshops are in and around San Francisco — which is home base for both Sarah Allen and me — but we have active RailsBridge organizers in many other places too. Check out the BridgeTroll, the application we wrote to manage workshops, for details on upcoming events. By the way, the BridgeTroll code is open source and we’re always looking for new contributors!
I am a director of Ruby Central, a non-profit that runs the two largest Ruby conferences in the world – RubyConf and RailsConf. In addition to the conferences, we support the Ruby community in other interesting ways, such as with grants for development of Ruby-related infrastructure like rubygems.org and bundler. I also helped run the Golden Gate Ruby Conference (GoGaRuCo) here in San Francisco, our not-quite-so-regional regional Ruby conference.
My other active mentoring includes working with students at Hackbright Academy in San Francisco, and various other one-off teaching projects for adults and teenagers.
The best way to get ahold of me is via Twitter. If you’re feeling old skool, though, you can email me at (my Twitter name) @ gmail. Be warned that I am very bad at email.