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@@ -28,29 +28,30 @@ <h1 align='center'>The Life of a Radar</h1>
<h2>About Me</h2>
<div class="entry">
<h3>
- My name's Ryan Bigg and I enjoy writing (text + code) more than most "normal" people would deem normal. On a
- good day of writing, I can write about 10,000 words. On a bad day, probably 1,500.<br><br>
+ My name's Ryan Bigg and I am currently gainfully employed at
+ <a href='http://spreecommerce.com'>Spree Commerce</a> as the Community Manager there. My job is to make your life with Spree an amazing experience. I triage issues, reply to users' questions on the mailing list and spend the remainder of that time developing features for Spree.<br><br>
- I am currently gainfully employed at
- <a href='http://spreecommerce.com'>Spree Commerce</a> as the Community Manager there. My job is to make your
- life with Spree an amazing experience. I triage issues, reply to users' questions on the mailing list and spend the remainder of that time developing on Spree.<br><br>
-
- I wrote a book called <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a> with Yehuda Katz, which <a
- href='http://www.amazon.com/Rails-3-Action-Ryan-Bigg/dp/1935182277'>you should buy</a>, as it teaches you
- how to develop a Rails application the right way using BDD and TDD best practices.<br><br>
+ I wrote a book called <a href='http://manning.com/bigg2'>Rails 4 in
+ Action</a> with <a href='http://yehudakatz.com'>Yehuda Katz</a> and <a
+ href='http://blog.steveklabnik.com/'>Steve Klabnik</a>. You should buy
+ this book, as it teaches you how to develop a Rails application the
+ right way using BDD and TDD best practices and helps me a little to keep
+ the lights on.<br><br>
If you're a recruiter contacting me for a job, don't waste your time. I am not currently looking.
</h3>
- <p>I've been doing Ruby and Rails for about the past 5 years and I consider myself an expert at it. Just look at my <a href='http://stackoverflow.com/users/15245/ryan-bigg'>Stack Overflow score</a>. I don't profess to know everything, I just know a lot and I've got a fair bit of experience in developing Rails applications. To be honest: I learned a lot of what I know from spending <em>way too much</em> time in the #rubyonrails IRC channel on Freenode and Stack Overflow.</p>
+ <p>
+ I've been doing Ruby and Rails for about the past 8 years and I consider myself an expert at it. Just look at my <a href='http://stackoverflow.com/users/15245/ryan-bigg'>Stack Overflow score</a>. I don't profess to know everything, I just know a lot and I've got a fair bit of experience in developing Rails applications. To be honest: I learned a lot of what I know from spending <em>way too much</em> time in the rubyonrails-talk mailing list, the #rubyonrails IRC channel on Freenode, and Stack Overflow.</p>
- <p>I write mostly about Ruby and Ruby on Rails, <a href="http://manning.com/katz">I've even written a book on it!</a> Other times I write about the community in general in such posts as <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/you-suck/">You suck.</a>, <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/advanced-rails-documentation/">Advanced Rails Documentation</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2011/03/when-to-cuke/'>When to Cuke</a>.</p>
+ <p>
+ I write mostly about Ruby and Ruby on Rails, <a href="http://manning.com/bigg2">I've even written a book on it!</a> Other times I write about the community in general in such posts as <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/you-suck/">You suck.</a>, <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/advanced-rails-documentation/">Advanced Rails Documentation</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2012/03/please-learn-rails/'>Please learn Rails</a></p>
<p>Super-popular posts of mine include the <a
href='http://ryanbigg.com/2010/12/ubuntu-ruby-rvm-rails-and-you/'>Ubuntu, Ruby, RVM, Rails, and You</a> and
its "sequel" <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2011/06/mac-os-x-ruby-rvm-rails-and-you/'>Mac OS X, Ruby, RVM, Rails
and You</a>, as well as <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2010/02/congratulations'>Congratulations</a>, a post
- based on a true story about doing Test Driven Development.
+ based on a true story about how I got into doing Test Driven Development.
</p>
<p>I've done <a href='http://contributors.rubyonrails.org/contributors/ryan-bigg/commits'>a lot of work on the official Rails guides</a>, enough to be ranked #17 for all time Rails committers at the time of writing. I've done this by writing such interesting guides as the first copy of the <a href="http://guides.rubyonrails.org/active_record_querying.html">Active Record Querying Guide</a> as well as beginning work on <a href="http://guides.rubyonrails.org/initialization.html">Rails Internals: The Rails 3 Initialization Process</a>, which is quite a massive beast and one day I will complete it. I also helped out with the <a href='http://guides.rubyonrails.org/configuring.html'>Configuring Rails Applications</a> guide, updating it to Rails 3, and played a large part in the <a href='http://guides.rubyonrails.org/asset_pipeline.html'>Asset Pipeline Guide</a>.</p>
@@ -65,33 +66,41 @@ <h1 align='center'>The Life of a Radar</h1>
Over my development life I've worked with many, many teams developing Rails applications.
</p>
- <p>In 2010, I introduced a small team of PHP developers at <a href="http://getup.org.au">GetUp</a> to Ruby on
+ <p>In 2007, I worked my first full-time Rails job at <a href='http://sealink.com.au'>SeaLink</a> helping them build their new reservations system.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2008, I worked with a small consultancy called NetFox in Adelaide developing various web applications. In this year I also helped coordinate the first <a href='http://railscamps.org'>Railscamp</a> held in Adelaide, Railscamp #4.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2009, I worked at a consultancy called Mocra in Brisbane, again developing web applications for clients. It was here that I really became a zealot of TDD/BDD.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2010, I introduced a small team of PHP developers at <a href="http://getup.org.au">GetUp</a> in Sydney to Ruby on
Rails and the best practices (such as BDD and Agile) associated with it. All of the developers, aside from
- one, are now doing Ruby on Rails development professionally. The one that's not has chosen to study
- anthropology, but still has a passion for Rails development.</p>
+ one, are now doing Ruby on Rails development professionally. The one that's not doing Rails development has chosen to study
+ economics, but still has a passion for programming.</p>
<p>In 2011, I worked as a Ruby on Rails consultant for <a href='http://rubyx.com'>RubyX</a> in Sydney. It was
- my favourite consulting job so far. I performed code reviews, training and application development and
+ my favourite consulting job so far. I performed extensive code reviews of existing applications, training and application development and
really enjoyed it. </p>
- <p>During most of this time, I was working on the first edition of <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a> during my spare time. I even found additional time to build a review system called Twist when I found Manning's own to be insufficient for my own needs. In Twist, authors and reviews can <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-chapter-view.png'>view individual chapters</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-note-view.png'>start discussions about particular elements</a>.
+ <p>Between April of 2010 and September of 2011, I was working on the first edition of <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a> during my spare time. I even found additional time to build a review system called Twist when I found Manning's own to be insufficient for my own needs. In Twist, authors and reviews can <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-chapter-view.png'>view individual chapters</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-note-view.png'>start discussions about particular elements</a>.
<p>In November of 2011, I left RubyX after <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2011/11/going-on-a-spree/'>being
- offered a job by Spree Commerce</a> to work full time as a community manager and developer of the Spree
- e-commerce platform. This is now my current job.
+ offered a job by Spree Commerce</a> to work full time as the Community Manager and developer of the Spree
+ e-commerce platform. <strong>This is now my current job.</strong>
</p>
- <p>In 2012, I am still working at Spree as well as working on the second edition for <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a>, converting the book to pure RSpec+Capybara from Cucumber, and fixing up changes pointed out by reviewers and readers alike.</p>
+ <p>Between February and May 2012 I travelled across the US meeting all my programming friends there and attending some conferences, such as <a href='http://spreeconf.com'>SpreeConf</a>, <a href='http://ruby.onales.com'>Ruby on Ales</a> and <a href='http://railsconf.com'>RailsConf</a>. I spoke at SpreeConf and Ruby on Ales, but not RailsConf. During this trip I visited about 12 different cities over an almost 3 month period.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2013, I am still working at Spree. In this year I have written another book called <a href='http://leanpub.com/multi-tenancy-rails'>Multitenancy with Rails</a> and in November I started writing my third book called <a href='http://leanpub.com/debuggingruby'>Debugging Ruby</a></p>
<p>
- I am not actively looking for any more jobs. I said this before, but it bears repeating. If you still really really really feel like contacting me about a job, include the phrase "Bravo Foxtrot Uniform" so I know that you've done your research.
+ I am not actively looking for any more jobs. I said this before, but it bears repeating. If you still really really really feel like contacting me about a job, <strong>include the phrase "Bravo Foxtrot Uniform"</strong> so I know that you've done your research.
</p>
- <p>I've recently moved to Melbourne (originally from Adelaide, but I've also lived in Brisbane and Sydney). I attend the local user group meetups when I can, and all the Australian Railscamps, one of which I helped run. I have been known to travel great distances to attend greater conferences. I enjoy speaking and am open for any opportunities in that area.
+ <p>I've recently moved to Melbourne (originally from Adelaide, but I've also lived in Brisbane and Sydney). I attend the local user group meetups when I can, and all the Australian Railscamps. I have been known to travel great distances to attend greater conferences. I enjoy giving talks at those conferences.
</p>
<p>If you need help with anything Ruby or Rails related, ask me and I can probably help you or get you contact
- with someone who can. Or you could read <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>my book</a> :)</p>
+ with someone who can. Or you could read <a href='http://manning.com/bigg2'>Rails 4 in Action</a>, <a href='http://leanpub.com/multi-tenancy-rails'>Multitenancy with Rails</a> or <a href='http://leanpub.com/debuggingruby'>Debugging Ruby</a> :)</p>
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- <updated>2013-11-14T09:06:49+11:00</updated>
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<h2>About Me</h2>
<div class="entry">
<h3>
- My name's Ryan Bigg and I enjoy writing (text + code) more than most "normal" people would deem normal. On a
- good day of writing, I can write about 10,000 words. On a bad day, probably 1,500.<br><br>
+ My name's Ryan Bigg and I am currently gainfully employed at
+ <a href='http://spreecommerce.com'>Spree Commerce</a> as the Community Manager there. My job is to make your life with Spree an amazing experience. I triage issues, reply to users' questions on the mailing list and spend the remainder of that time developing features for Spree.<br><br>
- I am currently gainfully employed at
- <a href='http://spreecommerce.com'>Spree Commerce</a> as the Community Manager there. My job is to make your
- life with Spree an amazing experience. I triage issues, reply to users' questions on the mailing list and spend the remainder of that time developing on Spree.<br><br>
-
- I wrote a book called <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a> with Yehuda Katz, which <a
- href='http://www.amazon.com/Rails-3-Action-Ryan-Bigg/dp/1935182277'>you should buy</a>, as it teaches you
- how to develop a Rails application the right way using BDD and TDD best practices.<br><br>
+ I wrote a book called <a href='http://manning.com/bigg2'>Rails 4 in
+ Action</a> with <a href='http://yehudakatz.com'>Yehuda Katz</a> and <a
+ href='http://blog.steveklabnik.com/'>Steve Klabnik</a>. You should buy
+ this book, as it teaches you how to develop a Rails application the
+ right way using BDD and TDD best practices and helps me a little to keep
+ the lights on.<br><br>
If you're a recruiter contacting me for a job, don't waste your time. I am not currently looking.
</h3>
- <p>I've been doing Ruby and Rails for about the past 5 years and I consider myself an expert at it. Just look at my <a href='http://stackoverflow.com/users/15245/ryan-bigg'>Stack Overflow score</a>. I don't profess to know everything, I just know a lot and I've got a fair bit of experience in developing Rails applications. To be honest: I learned a lot of what I know from spending <em>way too much</em> time in the #rubyonrails IRC channel on Freenode and Stack Overflow.</p>
+ <p>
+ I've been doing Ruby and Rails for about the past 8 years and I consider myself an expert at it. Just look at my <a href='http://stackoverflow.com/users/15245/ryan-bigg'>Stack Overflow score</a>. I don't profess to know everything, I just know a lot and I've got a fair bit of experience in developing Rails applications. To be honest: I learned a lot of what I know from spending <em>way too much</em> time in the rubyonrails-talk mailing list, the #rubyonrails IRC channel on Freenode, and Stack Overflow.</p>
- <p>I write mostly about Ruby and Ruby on Rails, <a href="http://manning.com/katz">I've even written a book on it!</a> Other times I write about the community in general in such posts as <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/you-suck/">You suck.</a>, <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/advanced-rails-documentation/">Advanced Rails Documentation</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2011/03/when-to-cuke/'>When to Cuke</a>.</p>
+ <p>
+ I write mostly about Ruby and Ruby on Rails, <a href="http://manning.com/bigg2">I've even written a book on it!</a> Other times I write about the community in general in such posts as <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/you-suck/">You suck.</a>, <a href="http://ryanbigg.com/2010/09/advanced-rails-documentation/">Advanced Rails Documentation</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2012/03/please-learn-rails/'>Please learn Rails</a></p>
<p>Super-popular posts of mine include the <a
href='http://ryanbigg.com/2010/12/ubuntu-ruby-rvm-rails-and-you/'>Ubuntu, Ruby, RVM, Rails, and You</a> and
its "sequel" <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2011/06/mac-os-x-ruby-rvm-rails-and-you/'>Mac OS X, Ruby, RVM, Rails
and You</a>, as well as <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2010/02/congratulations'>Congratulations</a>, a post
- based on a true story about doing Test Driven Development.
+ based on a true story about how I got into doing Test Driven Development.
</p>
<p>I've done <a href='http://contributors.rubyonrails.org/contributors/ryan-bigg/commits'>a lot of work on the official Rails guides</a>, enough to be ranked #17 for all time Rails committers at the time of writing. I've done this by writing such interesting guides as the first copy of the <a href="http://guides.rubyonrails.org/active_record_querying.html">Active Record Querying Guide</a> as well as beginning work on <a href="http://guides.rubyonrails.org/initialization.html">Rails Internals: The Rails 3 Initialization Process</a>, which is quite a massive beast and one day I will complete it. I also helped out with the <a href='http://guides.rubyonrails.org/configuring.html'>Configuring Rails Applications</a> guide, updating it to Rails 3, and played a large part in the <a href='http://guides.rubyonrails.org/asset_pipeline.html'>Asset Pipeline Guide</a>.</p>
@@ -44,32 +45,40 @@
Over my development life I've worked with many, many teams developing Rails applications.
</p>
- <p>In 2010, I introduced a small team of PHP developers at <a href="http://getup.org.au">GetUp</a> to Ruby on
+ <p>In 2007, I worked my first full-time Rails job at <a href='http://sealink.com.au'>SeaLink</a> helping them build their new reservations system.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2008, I worked with a small consultancy called NetFox in Adelaide developing various web applications. In this year I also helped coordinate the first <a href='http://railscamps.org'>Railscamp</a> held in Adelaide, Railscamp #4.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2009, I worked at a consultancy called Mocra in Brisbane, again developing web applications for clients. It was here that I really became a zealot of TDD/BDD.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2010, I introduced a small team of PHP developers at <a href="http://getup.org.au">GetUp</a> in Sydney to Ruby on
Rails and the best practices (such as BDD and Agile) associated with it. All of the developers, aside from
- one, are now doing Ruby on Rails development professionally. The one that's not has chosen to study
- anthropology, but still has a passion for Rails development.</p>
+ one, are now doing Ruby on Rails development professionally. The one that's not doing Rails development has chosen to study
+ economics, but still has a passion for programming.</p>
<p>In 2011, I worked as a Ruby on Rails consultant for <a href='http://rubyx.com'>RubyX</a> in Sydney. It was
- my favourite consulting job so far. I performed code reviews, training and application development and
+ my favourite consulting job so far. I performed extensive code reviews of existing applications, training and application development and
really enjoyed it. </p>
- <p>During most of this time, I was working on the first edition of <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a> during my spare time. I even found additional time to build a review system called Twist when I found Manning's own to be insufficient for my own needs. In Twist, authors and reviews can <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-chapter-view.png'>view individual chapters</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-note-view.png'>start discussions about particular elements</a>.
+ <p>Between April of 2010 and September of 2011, I was working on the first edition of <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a> during my spare time. I even found additional time to build a review system called Twist when I found Manning's own to be insufficient for my own needs. In Twist, authors and reviews can <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-chapter-view.png'>view individual chapters</a> and <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/about-me/twist-note-view.png'>start discussions about particular elements</a>.
<p>In November of 2011, I left RubyX after <a href='http://ryanbigg.com/2011/11/going-on-a-spree/'>being
- offered a job by Spree Commerce</a> to work full time as a community manager and developer of the Spree
- e-commerce platform. This is now my current job.
+ offered a job by Spree Commerce</a> to work full time as the Community Manager and developer of the Spree
+ e-commerce platform. <strong>This is now my current job.</strong>
</p>
- <p>In 2012, I am still working at Spree as well as working on the second edition for <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>Rails 3 in Action</a>, converting the book to pure RSpec+Capybara from Cucumber, and fixing up changes pointed out by reviewers and readers alike.</p>
+ <p>Between February and May 2012 I travelled across the US meeting all my programming friends there and attending some conferences, such as <a href='http://spreeconf.com'>SpreeConf</a>, <a href='http://ruby.onales.com'>Ruby on Ales</a> and <a href='http://railsconf.com'>RailsConf</a>. I spoke at SpreeConf and Ruby on Ales, but not RailsConf. During this trip I visited about 12 different cities over an almost 3 month period.</p>
+
+ <p>In 2013, I am still working at Spree. In this year I have written another book called <a href='http://leanpub.com/multi-tenancy-rails'>Multitenancy with Rails</a> and in November I started writing my third book called <a href='http://leanpub.com/debuggingruby'>Debugging Ruby</a></p>
<p>
- I am not actively looking for any more jobs. I said this before, but it bears repeating. If you still really really really feel like contacting me about a job, include the phrase "Bravo Foxtrot Uniform" so I know that you've done your research.
+ I am not actively looking for any more jobs. I said this before, but it bears repeating. If you still really really really feel like contacting me about a job, <strong>include the phrase "Bravo Foxtrot Uniform"</strong> so I know that you've done your research.
</p>
- <p>I've recently moved to Melbourne (originally from Adelaide, but I've also lived in Brisbane and Sydney). I attend the local user group meetups when I can, and all the Australian Railscamps, one of which I helped run. I have been known to travel great distances to attend greater conferences. I enjoy speaking and am open for any opportunities in that area.
+ <p>I've recently moved to Melbourne (originally from Adelaide, but I've also lived in Brisbane and Sydney). I attend the local user group meetups when I can, and all the Australian Railscamps. I have been known to travel great distances to attend greater conferences. I enjoy giving talks at those conferences.
</p>
<p>If you need help with anything Ruby or Rails related, ask me and I can probably help you or get you contact
- with someone who can. Or you could read <a href='http://manning.com/katz'>my book</a> :)</p>
+ with someone who can. Or you could read <a href='http://manning.com/bigg2'>Rails 4 in Action</a>, <a href='http://leanpub.com/multi-tenancy-rails'>Multitenancy with Rails</a> or <a href='http://leanpub.com/debuggingruby'>Debugging Ruby</a> :)</p>
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