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David Heinemeier Hansson

Danish-born David Heinemeier Hansson is the programmer and creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki. He is also a partner at the Web-based software development firm 37signals, based in Chicago.

Ruby on Rails provides a "basic development environment" for programmers, according to Based on the programming language Ruby (developed by Japanese programmer Yukihiro Matsumoto in 1995), Ruby on Rails focuses on user interface and "convention over configuration"; meaning, developers can focus on the unique qualities of their Web site or program rather than the building blocks that every application may require. Released in 2004, Ruby on Rails has been incorporated into many applications used by some of the biggest companies, from Twitter to Apple's 2007 release of Mac OS X v.10.5 "Leopard."

Aside from his development of Ruby on Rails, Heinemeier Hansson also works as a partner for Web-based software development firm 37signals. Joining the company in 2003, he has helped develop Basecamp, Campfire, Backpack and other Web-based applications. Working in similar ways like Web-based e-mail services like Yahoo! e-mail and Google's Gmail, 37signals hosts a broad range of IT services for companies, including project management to information-sharing. The firm's software has been used by Kellogg's, Sun Microsystems and even Obama '08.

Hansson received his bachelor's degree from the Copenhagen Business School in 2005. In that same year, he moved to Chicago and received Hacker of the Year honors for his work on Ruby on Rails from Google and O'Reilly Media. He runs a blog called

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Last Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2010


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Video Overnight Success Does Not Exist David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals 01:08 01/2010
Video What I Did Learn at Business School David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals 01:19 01/2010
Video Don't Play with Other People's Money David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals 01:53 01/2010
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Video Great Ideas Derive from Well-Rested Minds David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals 02:56 01/2010
Video Playing It Small Doesn't Mean Not Making Money David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals 03:09 01/2010
Video Unlearn Your MBA (Entire Talk) David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals 58:49 01/2010
Podcast Unlearn Your MBA David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals 59:39 01/2010