Ruby’s Top Teacher in 2008 – Satish Talim
Note: This post is a part of Ruby Inside's Top 10 in 2008 series. To learn more or see the other awards, read this introductory post.
Satish Talim - Ruby Evangelist and Facilitator
Satish Talim is an established software development expert (over 30 years of experience in the industry!) based in Pune, India. He's most recognized in the Ruby community for his ongoing work with his RubyLearning group of sites. He's also built up a strong following on Twitter @IndianGuru.
Since 2006, Satish - along with a fast growing group of volunteers - has helped thousands of people (many of who first came into the Ruby world in 2008) in over 100 countries to learn Ruby. Tomorrow he starts his latest class - based around Why The Lucky Stiff's Shoes system. His class list shows that in this January to March 2008 class there were over 2200 participants! For this reason alone, Satish easily walks away with Ruby Inside's commendation for top Ruby teacher in 2008.
As well as his teaching efforts, Satish has also become a popular blogger in the Ruby world on the Ruby Learning Blog. He's recently published interviews with Ruby and Rails luminaries including Jamie van Dyke, James Edward Gray II, Jonathan Conway, Ezra Zygmuntowicz and Dr. Nic Williams. All worth reading!
A Few Questions..
How (and when) did you find your way into Ruby?
After being with Java since its beta days, my interest in Ruby was aroused after I read an article Ruby the Rival in November 2005. I decided to learn Ruby myself and started making my Ruby Notes for my site, RubyLearning.com.
How have your Ruby & Rails related projects progressed in 2008?
I started my free, online Ruby teaching site in January 2008 and today it has over 5600 participants who have either learned Ruby or are in the process of learning Ruby with me. The experience has been very positive and fulfilling. I've also been promoting Ruby in India since 2006 with my PuneRuby User Group. I also managed to convince the the University of Pune to introduce Ruby as a full time paper in their computer science course from Jan. 2009.
With RubyLearning.org I am able to give Ruby exposure to people across the globe (there are currently students registered from over 140 countries) - we have people from far-flung places where no trainers (leave alone Ruby trainers) are available - my site facilitates that.
What plans do you have for 2009?
To introduce more new, free or low-cost courses in Ruby and related areas. Beginning 2009, new courses on TDD, Merb etc. are in the offing.