Let’s thank Floor Drees for organizing and teaching Ruby to girls and boys.
Floor Drees - a transplant from the Netherlands (Rotterdam) - started the Vienna.rb meetup in Austria’s capital city two years ago and the meetup celebrates this month the twenty-first get-together reaching three-hundred Rubyists.
Floor has (co-)organized or coached at more than a dozen Rails Girls workshops around Europe helping aspiring lady techies build the first ever web application in Ruby - including:
Floor helped kickstart the Rails Girls Summer of Code programm organizing and raising $93.000 in funds to support thirty-two students (ten sponsored teams plus six volunteer teams) in the 2014 edition.
When not organizing Ruby events, Floor organizes - surprise, surprise - Python events and started the PyLadies chapter in Vienna among others.
Who’s the Rails girl with the “If anyone ever tells you you put too much Parmesan cheese on you pasta, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.” quote on the blog?
Floor Drees studied Graphics Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and now lives in Vienna - Austria’s capital city in Central Europe - and likes non-metaphorical bridges and wants to become Neelie Kroes when grown up.
Let’s thank Ryan Davis for polishing Ruby since 2000. Ryan’s RubyGems page lists eighty-three gems with a total of fifty-two million downloads - including gems such as:
minitest - a complete suite of testing goodies supporting test-driven development (TDD), behaviour-driven development (BDD), mocking, and benchmarking.
hoe - a rake task suite helping you manage, maintain, and release your projects; includes a dynamic plug-in system allowing for easy extensibility. Hoe ships with plug-ins for all your usual project tasks including rdoc generation, testing, packaging, publishing, and announcement.
ruby_parser - a ruby parser written in pure ruby (using ruby yacc - racc). ruby_parser’s output is the same as parsetree’s output, that is, s-expressions using ruby’s arrays and base types. Tested against 801,039 files from the latest of all rubygems.
And many many more gems (e.g. open4, sexp_processor, ruby2ruby, zentest, flog, flay, autotest, rubyinline, racc, parsetree, vlad, isolate, zenweb, and on and on).
Ryan also writes the all-in-one-page Ruby Quick Reference covering the Ruby Language, the Standard Library and the Tools.
Who’s the guy who likes to write code with the “More matter, with less art” Gertrude quote from Hamlet on the blog?
Ryan is an Evergreener and studied and majored in computer science at the Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia, Washington in the Pacific Northwest.
Ryan started using Ruby in 2000 after taking a workshop from Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas at the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA) conference - pretty much the same day the Programming Ruby (“Pickaxe”) book launched.
Since then, Ryan helped start the world’s first Ruby Brigade in Seattle  and has written or contributed to over a hundred ruby projects. Additionally, Ryan’s a loving cat foster parent, a culinary enthusiast, and a proud geoduck.
 Looking for Seattle’s best coffee? Join the Seattle.rb party at the Vivace Cafe and try a cup of espresso or cappuccino.
Q: What’s the story with the zenspider handle?
“…they can afford to move so fucking slow, man, they’ll wait years and years. Give you a whole life, just so you’ll have more to lose when they come and take it away. Patient like a spider. Zen spiders.”
– William Gibson’s Neuromancer (chapter 15)