Rubyists and Companies I am thankful for in 2009

by Satish Talim on December 5, 2009

This year, I would like to thank the following companies and rubyists.

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  • Yukihiro Matsumoto for inventing the Ruby programming language.
  • Fabio Akita and Locaweb for their constant encouragement and positive support for RubyLearning.
  • The Ruby community that helped RubyLearning win the Shorty Award in Education.
  • Koz Masumitsu for starting RubyLearning in China.
  • Jim Pryke who maintains all my sites on SliceHost.
  • Satoshi Asakawa who teaches the Ruby Shoes and Metaprogramming courses on RubyLearning.
  • Dave Lilley, Jeff Savin, Michael Kohl, Michael Uplawski, Peter Crawford and Victor Goff who mentor all the Ruby Newbies on RubyLearning.
  • Book authors: Antonio Cangiano, Assaf Arkin, Dave Thomas, David Black, David Griffiths, Eldon Alameda, Jeremy McAnally, Noel Rappin, Paolo Perrotta, Peter Cooper, Rodrigo Urubatan and Steve Pugh.
  • Rubyists: _why, Aaron Quint, Adam Keys, Adam Wiggins, Amanda Morin, Andrey Sitnik, Anthony Hsiao, Ashutosh Ambekar, Barry Hess, Benjamin Curtis, Blake Mizerany, Carl Lerche, Carlos Gabaldon, Charles Nutter, Chetan Mittal, Chris Strom, Chris Wanstrath, Corey Donohoe, Devendra Deshmukh, Gautam Rege, Graham Ashton, Gregory Brown, Ilya Grigorik, James Edward Gray II, Jeremy Evans, Josh Susser, Julio Javier Cicchelli, Kalpesh C. Desai, Karel Minarik, Kurt Shuster, Luke Francl, Michael Morin, Nick Adams, Nick Plante, Nishith Shah, Rajiv Mathew, Ravindra Shelake, Ryan Bates, Ryan Tomayko, Sachin Joshi, Saurabh Purnaye, Shabbir Merchant, Thibaut Barrere, Vaibhav Domkundwar, Vishwa Malhotra and Yashraj Bhawsar.
  • Companies: 1st Easy Ltd., Addison-Wesley Professional, Apress Company, Blue Box Group, Chargify, BDDCasts, GitHub, Heroku, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Josh Software Pvt. Ltd., Manning Publications Co., No Starch Press, Novatec Editora, O’Reilly Media, Inc., Packt Publishing, ProjectLocker, Rails Kits, RailsPlayground, Railsware and The Pragmatic Bookshelf.
  • Marsee Henon and Heather Fox who make all the Ruby-related books available to RubyLearning.

Note: In case I have missed out on someone, then I am completely responsible!

Who are you thankful for?

Who in the Ruby community are you thankful for this year? Why not drop a comment here and send a tweet to let them know?

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Satoshi Asakawa December 5, 2009 at 1:21 pm

> Who are you thankful for?
Of course, it’s you Satish! Thank you for managing the fantastic RubyLearning group of sites!


Sunil Kelkar December 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm

We in India and especially in Pune are thankful to Satish for bringing Ruby to India. Man, you rock!!


Sachin Belsare December 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Satish, you brought Java in 1995 and Ruby in 2005 to India. You also introduced these languages in the University of Pune computer science syllabus – we all are very grateful to YOU. There are literally 1000s who have benefited. Hats off to you.


Amanda Morin December 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I’m thankful to you as well, Satish. Thank you for continuing to bring forth interesting, challenging and quality Ruby courses on RubyLearning!


Anthony Hsiao December 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Thank you, Satish, for spreading your passion for Ruby!


Gregory Brown December 5, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Thank you for including me Satish. And thank you for RubyLearning!


James Robertson December 5, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I’m thankful to the people who helped produce Sinatra (thank you Blake Mizerany).


Lance Walley December 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Hey, thanks for including Chargify in your list… We really do appreciate it!

Also, as a founder of Engine Yard, I have to recommend EY for your list :-). EY has been investing in Ruby & Rails since 2007 by supporting people & projects like Rubinius, JRuby, & Rails.

Thanks for putting this list together, and thanks again for including Chargify already!


Michael Kohl December 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Yup, EY definitely deserve a place on any lists like this, if only for supporting Rubinius and Jruby.


Ilya Grigorik December 6, 2009 at 5:17 am

Thanks Satish! Keep up the great work in 2010! :-)


Michael Kohl December 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Your place on this list is very well-deserved too by the way, your blog posts are always insightful and your Twitter is a wealth of information too!


Willian Molinari December 6, 2009 at 5:32 am


Satish Talim for rubylearning courses, Satoshi Asakawa for dedicating yourself as a active mentor, Michael Kohl for always be present and helping at all courses and Phusion (as company) for creating and improving incredible products.


Willian Molinari


Benjamin Curtis December 6, 2009 at 5:35 am



Olena Tkhorovska December 6, 2009 at 5:35 am

Satish, thanks a lot!


Antonio Cangiano December 6, 2009 at 5:40 am

Thanks Satish.


Nitin Shrikhande December 6, 2009 at 6:08 am

Satish, thank YOU for bringing quality and affordable Ruby-related courses and eBooks. Your Sinatra eBook rocks!


Gautam Paranjape December 6, 2009 at 6:12 am

The Book Promotions on Rubylearning gave us a chance to interact with authors – thank you for that.


Raj December 6, 2009 at 8:04 am

Many Congrats !

Satish is not only a great Ruby teacher but also a selfless helping hand to anyone interested in getting into newer technologies..A decade back, he did it for Java.


Paresh December 6, 2009 at 8:05 am

You might not have realized it yet but you have brought Ruby to the life of thousands of people.


Ganeshkumar Salvi December 6, 2009 at 8:06 am

A down-to-earth and very helpful human being. So many of us owe their careers to this man – hats off, Sir.


Nitin Joshi December 6, 2009 at 8:13 am

It is safe to say that Satish Talim is the most influential Technology teacher we have ever had, influential in that his leadership has been strong, articulate, both local and international in scope, and will be of lasting value to all his students. Today, his students are in leading positions in companies like IBM, Sun, Oracle, Microsoft etc. (spread all around the world) – all thanks to him, molding us all along the way.

Sir, you are an continuing example of what it means to be a great teacher.


James Edward Gray II December 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

And I am thankful to you Satish. You do so much for our community!


Nick Plante December 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

Thanks for the mention Satish. And thank *you* so much for all you’ve done for the Ruby community. RubyLearning is a fantastic resource.


Graham Ashton December 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Hi Satish. Nice of you to put this list together.


Barry Hess December 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Thank you for all the work you do with RubyLearning, Satish. I’ve personally recommended it to several people, and they’ve all been pleased with the results!


Dave Lilley December 7, 2009 at 1:22 am

To Satish, Satoshi, all the other Rubylearning support members, all being great source of info.

And to a person called Henon (author of foxGUIb) who has helped me lots with my wobbles with his program and other issues I’ve had with his program.

Anyone interested in getting to grips quickly with fxruby give me a holler (I’m no expert but can show you what i know to help you get up to speed quicker with foxGUIb).



Chris Wanstrath December 7, 2009 at 7:23 am

Awesome, I’m honored! :)


Ashutosh Ambekar December 7, 2009 at 9:53 am

Thanks for the mention.


1st Easy Limited December 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Satish, thank you for the mention!


Heather Fox December 8, 2009 at 5:32 am

Many thanks to you for mentioning me by name – my 15 minutes of Ruby fame- thank you! :)


Thibaut Barrère December 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Satish, thanks for your credits – appreciated :)

Keep up the good work.


Marsee Henon December 9, 2009 at 4:12 am

Thanks Satish. I know we’re thankful for everyone in the tech community.


Luke Francl December 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Thanks Satish. Keep up the good work on RubyLearning!


Charles Oliver Nutter December 10, 2009 at 5:32 am

Thanks Satish :) Hopefully we’ll get to meet in person some day!


Michael Kohl December 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Of course I also would like to thank Satish for creating RubyLearning and making it the great place it is. I’m honoured to be a part of this team, which probably was even more of a learning experience for me than for the course participants. Plus I got to meet a lot of awesome people, and I really hope to be able to at least meet some of you guys in person once.


Jeff Savin December 18, 2009 at 10:59 am

Wow. First thing that came to my mind as to who in the Ruby Community I’m thankful for, was of course you, Satish. Obviously, as I scroll down this long list of responses, I share this feeling with many. There is a reason for that. :) Kudos!


Josh Software December 23, 2009 at 1:06 am

Thanks to Satish for helping in Ruby community growth, keeping it alive with new challenges and also thanks to you for getting Ruby into Pune University syllabus.


Karmen Blake December 23, 2009 at 1:07 am

I want to give thanks to RailsBridge for their work to encourage an inclusive and friendly community.


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