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February 08, 2020

ruby reigns

45 Ruby Blogs You Need to Check Out in 2020

The following list is an ode to Matz and our favourite Ruby blogs, forums and newsletters.


Sasha Pliusnina, Talent Success Manager

Ruby was developed in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro Matsumoto, as an object-oriented scripting language, which was more robust and flexible than either Python or Perl. The release of the Rails framework in 2004 catapulted Ruby to fame outside Japan and since then a passionate open-source community has developed. Today the language is used in production at many tech companies.

Ruby’s importance is reflected in the demand for Ruby developers among European startups. On Honeypot, Ruby is the second most popular language, following JavaScript, and according to the data, the average salary for a Ruby developer in Berlin is between €48,500 and €57,300, though it is higher for more senior developers. Ruby is part of our own tech stack and the following list is an ode to Matz and our favourite Ruby blogs, forums and newsletters.

1. Matz 

Blog of the Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto (‘Matz’), not updated since 2014, but still worth reading - 日本語を分かれば ;)


Alexa Rank: 152,292

2. Netflix techblog 

Tech blog by the Netflix team on topics around their code structure, architecture, open-sources solutions and design patterns

Alexa Rank: 39

3. the evolving ultrasaurus 

Blog led by Sarah Allen, co-founder of RailsBridge and language-learning startup Mightyverse. She formerly co-founded CoSA, the company that created Adobe After Effects. Blogging about leadership, team culture and Ruby.

@ultrasaurus: 8,675 followers

Alexa Rank: 1,601,453

4. Virtuous code 

Avdi Grimm writes about Ruby on Rails, OOP and coding standards. Avdi is a software developer and a host of Ruby Tapas webcasts [17]. Author of Objects on Rails

@avdi: 17.4k followers

Alexa Rank: 799,580

5. Sandi Metz 

Sandi Metz is a veteran programmer, avid speaker and author of Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby. She writes about flexible object-oriented code in Ruby and Rails.

@sandimetz: 19.6k followers

Alexa Rank: 410,363


Katrina Owen is a self-taught developer with a background in Molecular Biology. She is passionate about Go and Ruby, automating workflows, making code readable and refactoring. She is the creator of exercism, an open source project that helps people improve their programming skills.

@kytrinyx: 11.7k followers

Alexa Rank: 5,221,035

7. Tenderlove Making 

Aaron Patterson is a Seattle-based engineer at AT&T interactive and a much-loved core contributor to Ruby, Rails and Nokogiri. He is also an avid speaker; he has spoken about Ruby and Rails at over 50 conferences world-wide in the past five years.

@tenderlove: 34.3k followers

Alexa Rank: 984,166

8. Mike Perham 

Mike Perham is an open source developer and founder of Contributed Systems, a company dedicated to building and supporting open-source-based application infrastructure. Mike is a winner of 2013 Ruby Hero award. He writes about IT, Ruby and Crystal.

@mperham: 7.3k followers

Alexa Rank: 487,289

9. Ruby Weekly 

A free, once–weekly e-mail round-up of Ruby news and articles.

Alexa Rank: 538,412

10. Giant Robots Smashing into Other Giant Robots 

Weekly articles on Ruby on Rails (also a podcast).

Alexa Rank (thoughtbot.com): 29,234

11. Riding Rails 

Official Ruby on Rails blog, covering all the news and releases around Rails.

Alexa Rank (rubyonrails.org): 8,618

12. Arkency blog 

Blog by a consulting agency Arkency. Topics include Ruby, testing, API’s and JavaScript.

Alexa Rank: 150,978

13. RubyFlow 

The Ruby and Rails community linklog.

@rubyflow: 13.7k followers

Alexa Rank: 249,228

14. A fresh cup 

Mike Gunderloy’s software development weblog, covering Ruby on Rails and other software-related topics. Mike is a former Microsoft software developer, who switched to Ruby - he explains why here

@mikeg1: 2,035 followers

Alexa Rank: 3,035,586

15. Everyday Rails 

Provides general, pragmatic tips to show how to use Rails by Aaron Sumner, software Engineer at O’Reilly Media.

@ruralocity: 1,100 followers

Alexa Rank: 444,758

16. Ruby5 

regular podcast on the latest news in the Ruby and Rails community

@rubyfive Alexa Rank (codeschool.com): 5,950

17. Blackbytes 

Ruby tutorials by Jesus Castello, freelancer and consultant from Spain @matugm: 535 followers

Alexa Rank: 474,285

18. Ruby Tapas 

Short regular screencasts on intermediate to advanced Ruby concepts and techniques, object-oriented design principles, testing practices, refactoring skills, and much more. RubyTapas is served up by Avdi Grimm.

@rubytapas: 1,609 followers

Alexa Rank: 463,9658

19. AWS Ruby blog 

Ruby blog by Amazon Web Services.

Alexa Rank: 134,035

20. Railsware blog 

Blog by Railsware software and consulting company, on engineering, product management, transparency, culture and more.

21. Forum: Ruby on Rails 

Ruby on Rails community and forum

Alexa Rank: 51,182

22. RailsForum 

Ruby on Rails community since 2006 with the aim of sharing ideas, learn new things and meet other coders.

Alexa Rank: 251,859

23. Akita on Rails 

Blog by Fabio Akita, software engineer, consultant, and Codeminer42 co-founder from São Paulo, Brazil. Blogging about Rails, microservices and startups.

@AkitaOnRails: 14.5k followers

Alexa Rank: 262,482

24. Samurails 

Thibault Denizet, software engineer working at Pocket Playlab in Bangkok, writing about Rails and Web APIs.

@T_Dnzt: 312 followers

Alexa Rank: 459,080

25. RailsApps

Useful and engaging Rails tutorials and articles by Daniel Kehoe, veteran programmer and author of Learn Ruby on Rails

@rails_apps: 14.7k followers

Alexa Rank: 743,994

26. Steve Klabnik 

Steve Klabnik is an instructor with JumpStartLab, an open source contributor, writing about Ruby, Rust and philosophy

@steveklabnik: 19.2k followers

Alexa Rank : 625,661

27. Ruby Rogues 

Podcast in the form of a panel discussion about topics relating to programming, careers, community, and Ruby.

@rubyrogues: 12.4k followers

Alexa Rank (devchat): 202,543

28. The Buckblog 

Blog by Jamis Buck, former software engineer at Basecamp, on topics around code and programming challenges.

@jamis: 6,895 followers

Alexa Rank: 614,967

29. Schneems 

Richard Schneeman, Ruby Hero and software engineer at Heroku. Runs @keeprubyweird. Posts on performance and best practices.

@schneems: 6,596 followers Alexa Rank: 845,896

30. Pat Shaughnessy 

Pat Shaughnessy, rubyist, creator of a few gems and self-published author of Ruby Under a Microscope.

@pat_shaughnessy: 3,889 followers

Alexa Rank: 628,069

31. Programming Zen 

Personal blog of Antonio Cangiano, Software Developer and Technical Evangelist at IBM, as part of the Emerging Technologies team within the Analytics group. Writes about Ruby, popularity of programming languages and gives programming tips.

@acangiano: 3,955 followers

Alexa Rank: 684,227

32. Trivium 

Tubmleblog by German-based software engineer Christian Neukirchen on the topics around Ruby, math, Unix and the Internet.

@chneukirchen: 1,151 followers

Alexa Rank: 1,862,600

33. Joseph Wilk 

Joseph Wilk, former Lead Engineer at SoundCloud, artist, programmer and live coding performer, interested in topics like kanban, testing, Go AI, creative coding, live coding and startups.

@josephwilk: 2,295 followers

Alexa Rank: 1,649,552

34. Andy Croll 

Andy Croll is a designer, developer, conference organizer, author and speaker. He blogs about Ruby, bootstrapping and mobile development.

@andycroll: 2,065 followers

Alexa Rank: 2,234,291

35. Martin Fowler 

Martin Fowler is a software engineer at ThoughtWorks, an author and a speaker. He writes about productivity of development teams, good software design and agile practices.

@martinfowler: 190k followers

Alexa Rank: 26,326

36. WyeWorks blog 

A blog by a team of web developers and design experts who collaborate through agile practices and Ruby on Rails technology.

@wyeworks: 804 followers

Alexa Rank: 714,829

37. Big Nerd Ranch blog 

Blog by software company, Big Nerg Ranch, covering topics around frontend development, Ruby, Elixir and many others

@bignerdranch: 11.7k followers

Alexa Rank: 44,273

38. Fred Wu 

Fred is a software engineer and open source contributor from Australia, writing about Ruby, UI/UX and Elixir.

@fredwu: 2,651 followers

Alexa Rank: 1,469,501

39. rails// Collective Idea 

Blog by a team of engineers that collaborate to make software applications. Along with Ruby on Rails topics, they write about mobile and frontend development.

@collectiveidea: 1,042 followers

Alexa Rank: 342,626

40. igvita.com 

Ilya Grigorik, web performance engineer at Google and co-chair of W3C Webperf WG, writing about resilience of software applications and networks.

@igrigorik : 51.8k followers

Alexa Rank: 265,400

41. [ squarism ] 

Chris Dillon, software engineer from USA, writing about Ruby and devops with elaborate code samples.

@squarism: 461 followers

Alexa Rank: 3,295,095

42. Culttt 

A collection of articles on business, technology, design and the Internet founded by Philip Brown. Along with Ruby on Rails, topics include Elixir and web design patterns.

@culttt: 1,560 followers

@philipbrown: 2,119 followers

Alexa Rank: 107,583

43. Awesome Ruby Newsletter 

A weekly overview of the most popular Ruby news, articles and gems.

@RubyLibHunt: 46 followers

Alexa Rank (libhunt): 89,204

44. Brandon Hilkert 

Brandon is a software engineer and CTO from the USA, writing mostly about Ruby and Rails development and documenting his experiences building products

@brandonhilkert: 1,481 followers

Alexa Rank: 712,101

45. Jakub Chodounský 

Jakub Chodounský, Ruby on Rails software developer, blogging about Ruby, TDD and leading teams.

@jakubgarfield: 268 followers

Alexa Rank: 1,317,830