My name is Emmanuel Hayford and I come from Ghana, but I have been living in Poland for most of my adult life.
In my previous role, I worked as a senior software engineer at DSIRF, where I worked on a WebRTC application with Rails. Currently, I am part of a team of three working on a monolith for an English company.
For the past year, I have been volunteering my time writing issues for This Week In Rails, the official Ruby on Rails newsletter. During this time, I also started writing my first book, Rad Ruby, which will be a collection of lesser-known Ruby tips with explanations. Additionally, I recently started a podcast called The Rails Changelog, where I have guests talk about changes in the Rails codebase.
In 2018 and 2019, I served as a Ruby on Rails mentor for Google Summer of Code, where I guided students in working on open-source applications. I also reviewed Noel Rappin’s book, Modern Front-End Development for Rails.
When I’m not working with Ruby on Rails, you’ll find me running in my neighbourhood or boxing. Although I’m not as skilled as I’d like to be, I play chess every day.