Nikolay Ryzhkov: RoR is a tool for fast webdev, and it's good at it

Nikolay expects big explosion at frontend development and renaissance of functional programming
20 June

nikolay ryzhkov

Nikolay Ryzhkov

RailsClub

Biggest Russian Ruby on Rails event

Health Samurai CTO, Saint Petersburg Ruby & Clojure, Piter-united communitites activist, speaker of RailsClub 2016.

At the conference, Nikolay talked about functional paradigm for Ruby coders.

After the conference, we've managed to talk with Nikolay.

How have you became a Ruby developer? 

I came to coding late, when I was 25 years old, from radiopharmacy. For several years I was coding on php, java, C #. And then there was a project on ruby on rails, it was about 8-9 years ago.

What are you working on right now? 

Developing a medical platform. Also, our team in engaged in developing international standard called FHIR and open source tools for it. 

What's last interesting thing that you have learned? 

ClojureScript * React is an interesting unite, that allows you to develop frontend easily and comfy.

In your opinion, how will Ruby and Rails develop in the nearest future? 

RoR is a tool for fast web development, and it is good at it. I don't think that it's vector will change somehow. A lot of different good and helpful features will be created.

What's the main problem that RoR community faces at the moment? 

That main Ruby activists migrate to other technologies, like rust, go, erlang, clojure and so on.

What is missing in Rails, in your opinion?

Simplicity and elegance are present outside, but not inside.

What’s your favorite programming language besides Ruby? 

Clojure, definitely. For me, the transition from ruby ​​to clojure can be comparate as java to ruby. Clojure is a functional language that allows to solve most of my tasks easier and more rigorous. Next comes a long list: dynamism and metaprogramming, interactive development, support for competitiveness, the ability to use java libraries, etc.

What technology, in your opinion, will be the most promising in the near future?

A big explosion in the frontend, I think there will still be a lot of discoveries. The containers grow (docker, rkt). Distributed and reactive systems (databases, processing of large data streams, queues, consensus). Renaissance of functional programming.

What is Open Source for you? In which projects are you involved and why?

We put in the open source a significant part of our work related to the FHIR standard (fhirbase, fhir.js etc). In general, if something can be opened, we open it. Because practical all our stack is built on open solutions, and we are part of this ecosystem.

What’s your favorite books about programming? 

  • Structure & Interpretation of Computer Programs (H. Abbelson)
  • Domain Drive Design (E. Evans)
  • The Design of Design (F. Brooks)

What advice would you give to developers who want to achieve great success?

Never stop at what has been achieved. If in a year your professional worldview has not turned 180 degrees, then it's over. Speak / organize for meetings and conferences, do not neglect live communication with colleagues - it gives a serious motivation that you will not get from books and the Internet.

Who you wanted to became in childhood?

I don't remember anymore.

Not tired of programming?

No, it's only beginning.

What would you do if you had 2 months of free paid time?

I would read books on the beach, I think about life. At leisure, I would rewrite a couple of open-source projects. Generally a good idea.

RailsClub conference on which we managed to communicate with Nikolay will take place this year in Moscow 23th of September.

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A. Davidov: "I like when my work is helpful for people"

Software developer. Open source enthusiast, Hanami core, Ruby Hero 2016, speaker at RailsClub 2017
18 October

Anton Davidov
Anton Davidov at RailsClub 2017

Software developer. Open source enthusiast, Hanami core, Ruby Hero, speaker at RailsClub 2017

On the RailsClub 2017, we’ve managed to talk with Anton about his report, his job and future of programming.

What's your name? Where do you work, what do you do?

My name is Anton, I work at the American start-up. We are developing a healthcare application to help people in America buy and receive the right medicines. There are some issues with it in US. Unfortunately, we are not yet released, so I can not name the place where I work. But if you ask me about this in a month or two, I'll say. At work, we use full dry stack (dry web and rom), also we have several services on hanami.

How do you like RailsClub?

This is my fourth RailsClub. I am very happy to come every year, see many new faces, communicate with old friends, learn something new, discuss problems, and have fun.

Tell me about your report.

In my report I will motivate people not afraid to code in open source, because I believe that there are some problems in the community and by my report I want to try to solve them. This is absolutely not a technical report. Its main goal is motivation. I will be very happy if after today, at least one or two people will stop being afraid to make a mistake and do something. I will tell you about my mistakes and problems, about other people's mistakes. It is important for me to convey that the errors is normal.

What do you think are the most popular technologies?

If to speak in general - machine learning is still in hype, and people are trying to do something on it, at least in Russia. A lot of people talk about the blockchain, trying to mine Ether, buying farms for millions. And if we talk about programming and about Ruby in particular, this is an interesting question. We can say that the functional languages ​​are in hype, but it seems to me that this is far from being the case. There is a cult around functional languages, and people are just trying to be involved in it. Also, now it is a trend (like 10 years ago) the problem solutions. I mean - people have a problem that they are trying to solve it. That's the way dry, rom, hanami, trailblazer appeared; that's the way other programming languages like Crystal appeared.

How do you see the programming world in 10 and 50 years and is there a place for Rail and Ruby?

The world of programming in 10 years I see as my place of work in 10 years - I mean, I can't see it. But if I fantasize, I'd like to see something like cyberpunk from the novels "Neuromantic" when people directly connected to the computer through a neural interface with full immersion. I would like to see that people will go somewhere in this direction.

What advice would you give to an average programmer in order to stand out the crowd? 

The first advice - do not be afraid to talk about problems. People everywhere face problems, and in IT too. If a person tells about his problem and how he solved it, other people can get benefit from it. The second advice is to solve problems not only at work, but also in the community - to engage in open source, to do conferences, to speak and write good articles.

People in other spheres, for example, in aircraft building, feel great joy and enthusiasm after the end of the big project. What in your job brings such feelings?

This is a funny question for me, not even in terms of the question itself. While studying at the institute, I was practicing at an aircraft plant in the department of indestructible control. I've seen that atmosphere and people are not always happy when they make big planes. They usually have problems like that the spare part for a million rubles came with micro cracks and somehow it needs to be used, so as a result the aircraft does not fall apart.
I really like it when I get a good feedback. When my work was useful for someone. Then I feel the excitement. Speaking more broadly - all my work is aimed at getting a good feedback and solving people's problems.

Do you have nightmares related to work?

I have one nightmare related to my work - I start Rails coding again. Seriously, for almost a year I have not touched the Rails at all. And I grew a big beard and hair on my head, I began to sleep better.

Do you have plans for writing books?

Fortunately, no. I have dyslexia, it is difficult for me to write texts sometimes. The biggest thing that I have is a channel in a telegram where I write large messages by the standards of telegram channels. I had an idea to try to collect this all in a heap and make a huge collection or a reference book, there are many related topics. But in general, I do not see myself as a writer. At school, I had an assessment between 1 and 2 in Russian, so for me it's really difficult.

As far as I know, your report was last at Rails Club for few times already. Why is it so and how do you feel about it?

I was the last in 2015 and 2017. In 2015, I had a lightning talk, it just turned out to be the last of 3. This year I specifically asked to put me in the end. I will not have a technical report and I will be able to motivate someone. The idea is that people will get tired of listening to some complicated technical things and think with their heads for 8 hours in a row, it's like a working day. At the end of the day, people want some kind of show, and just my report will be that show. And, secondly, I would be pleased if people leave the conference with a feeling of excitement.