Community, Industry & Education: Reflections from RubyConf

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When we at Udacity decided to begin teaching Ruby, we knew we had to connect two things: the amazing energy of the Ruby community, and the power of industry. So what did we do? We partnered with GitHub and we went to RubyConf!

At RubyConf this past November in San Antonio, TX, I had the opportunity to sit down with industry thought leaders like Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby, and Sandi Metz, author of Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby. Among the topics of conversation were just what makes the Ruby community so vibrant, the importance of open source software, and common challenges new developers face. Many of these discussions helped shape the direction of our curriculum to make sure we truly captured the spirit of this community.

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