The Soul of Software

The good folks at Tropical Ruby have released the video of my keynote, The Soul of Software. In this talk I start with the premise that the Ruby wave may have peaked. I took that observation as a jumping-off point to examine where we come from as a community—particularly from a philosophical point of view—and where we might go from here.

This talk is a little different from anything I’ve done before. It marks the first time I’ve allowed myself to “fire on all cylinders”, because it’s the first time I felt like my subject matter warranted it.

By the way, if you get a chance to go to Tropical Ruby next year, you should totally take it!


  1. It was only at this week that I managed to fully watch your talk, since during Tropical Ruby we were here and there making sure everything was alright. And yes, it is totally mind-blowing as everybody has been saying. It is surely one of the best talks I’ve watched in my whole life.

    One funny thing: have you realized that, althought you’re clearly aligned with the hermeneutic school, your talk itself was a bit an act of formalism, by discussing and classifiyng these two schools of thought? lol

    I’d like to thank you one more time for accepting our invite. Everyone was really excited to meet and have fun you!

    1. You’re absolutely right. It’s a constant temptation to classify and simplify. And by acknowledging and engaging with this meta-level, you’re representing the hermeneutic perspective!

      Thanks once again for giving me the opportunity to deliver this talk!

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