Meeting Matz - The Creator of Ruby

by Brittany Martin


I love my job. Seriously love it. One of the best parts about Ninefold is how it is built for Rails developers so we really embrace the Ruby/Rails community. This past week, we hosted Matz, the creator of Ruby, in Silicon Valley and in our own offices in San Francisco. 

Quick photo with Matz and our Ninefold Confounder, P.J. 

Quick photo with Matz and our Ninefold Confounder, P.J. 

Matz visited us with the Japanese delegation, Fukuoka Ruby. Fukuoka Center for Overseas Commerce in America (FCOCA) provides free expansion and relocation assistance and partner matching services to companies throughout North America interested in taking advantage of the market opportunities in Western Japan. At the beginning of each event, presenters from Japanese companies presented. It was our job to spot synergies where American companies could help these companies grow. 

Wazza, Matz and an email (courtesy of @thoughtcroft)

Wazza, Matz and an email (courtesy of @thoughtcroft)

At the Ninefold hosted event, our Chief Chef Engineer, Wazza, presented Ninefold, why we are awesome and a couple of fun facts about Australia. After visiting Sydney last month, his jokes were even better. To top off his talk, he presented Matz with a plush emu. 

Matz headlined the event with Ruby.next. As someone who has created a programming language that millions of businesses depend on, we hung on to his every word. He talked about how Ruby has enabled to developers globally to write less code and do more. He recognizes that we are lazy, impatient and hubris. Ruby was 21 years in the making and Rails won't exist without it. 

Bottom line: there might be new trending languages out there but if Matz keeps committing so much code, they don't have a chance. As Matz said, "Ruby community is like a shark. We have to keep on swimming!"

Missed the event? You can watch the record session of both Wazza and Matz here