If you’re reading this I am guessing you are interested in hiring a Ruby Contractor in London. Great! I am a London based Ruby developer and I am available for short and medium term contracting, thanks for taking the time to read this.

If you have any questions the easiest way to contact me is via email, I will get back very quickly.

My Experience

In my various lives as a Ruby developer I’ve worked on everything from small scripts to large enterprise level applications. I’ve had to integrate with several popular services (and some obscure ones!) and I’ve extensively used some of the standard gems and frameworks used within the Ruby community.

Here is a non-exhaustive snapshot of things I’ve done with Ruby;

  • Created a Lead Management Application that looks after the management of 10,000+ leads a week.
  • Wrote features missing from Salesforce required by a company, doing historical currency conversions.
  • Wrote the backend for a hyper local new business search tool.
  • Connected three large Rails applications to talk to each other in a meaingful way.
  • Taught best practice to junior and mid-level developers.
  • Upgraded large codebases to the latest and greatest versions of gems.
  • Helped break monolithic applications into something more workable.
  • Added test coverage to projects that required it and had none.
  • Oversaw large scale migrations of data and code.

Of course I am going to say I am great at writing Ruby, I want you to hire me. So don’t take my word for it, here are some things folk have said about my Ruby work in the past;

Toby is a skilled Ruby and Javascript developer. He could always be counted on to jump in and acquire new skills as the need arose, whether it be a framework, methodology or language.

Senior Engineer

I had the pleasure to interact a lot with Toby. We were in the same Back-End team when I started as a Junior Developer. He was an amazing mentor for me and I learnt plenty of things with him. I cannot thank him enough for that.

Ruby Developer

Toby is by far one of the best developer I got the chance to work with!

Developer

Feel free to verify any of the above on my LinkedIn profile.

I often write about Ruby and have had my articles shared in places like Ruby Weekly. One such example is my explanation of What is the Gemfile, which Google has seen fit to share when you search for it.

What is a Gemfile?

The unique issues of looking for a Ruby Developer in London

I am very fortunate in that Ruby is in huge demand across the country, this is especially true here in London. Even very inexperienced developers command large wages and due to the huge amount of work available it is hard to keep good people for very long.

Things move fast in London, and if you aren’t shipping product you could well be falling behind your competition. Being behind your competition is not somewhere you want to be.

Hiring someone like me to work for a fixed amount of time can help to keep your roadmap moving forward whilst you focus on getting the culture and setup right to attract and maintain great Ruby talent more permanently.

This means you won’t fall behind the competition, and you won’t be wasting money trying to find the right person for your company.

But Toby, there are a lot of Ruby Contractors in London

Ha, yeah, there are. And there are some amazing companies you could outsource your project too as well.

Being that competition in my line of work is so stiff, it means I can’t afford to rest on my laurels and deliver sub-standard service to my clients. I need to be providing value from day one.

At the end of my contract with you I want you to be trying to find reasons to keep me involved with the company. I can only do this by making sure I am up to date on the latest technologies that will help your company and be being incredibly productive every day I am with you.

Not just a Ruby developer

Being a Ruby developer is an excellent line of work, and when I say I am not just a Ruby developer I don’t meant to be disparaging. All I mean is is that I can provide a lot more value to your company than being just another developer.

You can see a full run down of other things I offer on my hire me page but the short version is that I have been managing teams and getting involved in product roadmaps for a long time now. This means I can provide more benefits to your company than completing items on your roadmap.

How I like to work

I consider myself to be incredibly pragmatic, I do not believe in dogma around coding practices or methodologies – I will work out the best way to deliver high quality work of value within the constraints of your organisation.

If your organisation doesn’t have anything set up I will happily share my experiences over what has worked and what hasn’t in the past with you.

What I can offer

As an experienced Ruby developer who has had plenty of management experience I feel I could slot into quite a few required roles;

  • Another developer to help move the roadmap forward
  • A technical lead to help roadmap out your project
  • A mentor to help make your junior team more productive
  • A stand alone developer to deliver one feature or project independent of anyone else

I don’t want to say “everything”, but I have plenty of experience and am confident in my abilities to deliver on projects large and small as a member of a team or as a solo developer.

Availability

I normally book at least a couple of months out in advance, but the best thing to do is contact me if you wanted to chat more.

But Toby, I’m not in London

That is 100% fine, I offer the exact same services remotely as well. I’ve worked in companies that are 100% remote and other companies who have a very strong culture of remote working. Lets talk!