What do developers feel when learning new things

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Web development is a huge topic which evolves very quickly. We all must learn new things constantly to keep up to date.

But there are developers that, besides improving their skills, create amazing things. Those amazing things are the tools we use everyday, books and videos that save us a lot of time. They don’t feel scared to give away their creations to the community.

And since this blog is all about learning web development, I decided to ask this question to some influential developers I admire:

What do you enjoy the most while learning new things on web development?

They are very well-known developers in the Ruby community, some are Ruby stars, but all of them enjoy this profession and gave (and keep giving) a lot back to the community. Our job is easier thanks to their work.

Some of them replied to my question, I’m honored to share their responses.


David Heinemeier Hannson – Creator of Ruby on Rails

David Heinemeier Hannson

I sorta learned web development 15 years ago, so I don’t think my recollection is accurate any more. But I do continue to love developing for the web because it’s the most free, liberating software deployment platform ever concocted. Not owned by any one company, free from special treatment given to any one language.

David Heinemeier Hannson

Gregg Pollack – Founder of Code School

Gregg Pollack

What I enjoy the most about web development is that I get to build things with my own two hands. There’s nothing that feels better then learning a new skill, and being able to put it to use immediately to build new things.

Unlike other craftsman that must go to the store to buy a new tool or materials, as a software craftsman I have the entire open source world at my fingertips. There is no barrier of entry and the only limited resource is my time.

Gregg Pollack

Michael Hartl – Author of Ruby on Rails Tutorial

Michael Hartl

When it comes to web development, and programming in general, for me it all comes down to solving problems. I love learning things that help me solve new problems, or solve old problems in new ways. And the great part about the Web is that the solutions are immediately available to the entire world.

Michael Hartl

Justin Weiss – Author of Practicing Rails

Justin Weiss

It’s cliché, but to me, it really is all about seeing an image I have in my head become something real. The feeling that, with just some words in a file, you can create anything.

The technologies, languages, and frameworks will all go out of fashion someday. But that feeling I get, when my app starts to resemble what I hoped it’d be, will never go away.

Justin Weiss

Thanks a lot David, Gregg, Michael and Justin for your responses!

Let me know your comments about what do you enjoy the most while learning new things on web development.

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David Morales

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I'm David Morales, a computer engineer from Barcelona, working on projects using Ruby on Rails and training on web technologies.

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