Meet Tom Stuart

Could you introduce yourself in a few lines?

Hi, I’m Tom. I’m a computer scientist and a Ruby programmer. I’ve lectured on optimising compilers at the University of Cambridge, I co-organise the Ruby Manor conference, and I’m a member of the London Ruby User Group. Last year I wrote a book for O’Reilly called “Understanding Computation”, which used Ruby to explain ideas from theoretical computer science.

You're giving a talk at Rulu this year. What will you talk about?

I’ll be talking about a cool program manipulation technique called “partial evaluation”. I’ll explain how it works, how it can be used to make programs go faster, and what fun stuff happens when you run a partial evaluator on itself.

Three properties:

  • You code with: Vim
  • You test with: Cucumber, RSpec
  • If Ruby was forbidden, you would code in: Clojure

What Lyonnaise specialty will you give a try this year?

Something vegan!

What are you working on these days?

I’m writing a self-published ebook and screencast about how to create a Ruby web application without relying on a framework.

What are the talks, books, libraries or commands you think more people should be aware of - because, well, they make your life so much better!

I think Rich Hickey’s “Simple Made Easy” talk should be required viewing for anyone who makes software. Likewise, Eric Evans’ “Domain-Driven Design” book, and the GOOS book, are extremely helpful for getting to grips with the complexity of object-oriented design.

Anything to add before we wrap this up?

I still get daily enjoyment out of using Ruby and I’m looking forward to hearing about what other people are doing with it at RuLu. See you there!

Ruby Lugdunum (aka RuLu) is a two-day conference dedicated to exploring the Ruby language and basking in warmth of the amazing Ruby community.

RuLu 2014 takes place in Lyon, France on June 19th and 20th. Have a look at the talks, read the blog and get your ticket!