Gregory Brown

Gregory Brown


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Areas of Expertise:

  • Ruby
  • Business Reporting
  • PDF Generation
  • Community Development
  • Free Software
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing
Gregory Brown is a New Haven, CT based Rubyist who spends most of his time on free software projects in Ruby. His main projects are Prawn and Ruport, and he is also the author of the upcoming book Ruby Best Practices. He also is in possession of a small bamboo plant that seems to be invincible, and he is quite proud of this accomplishment.

Ruby Best Practices Ruby Best Practices
by Gregory Brown
June 2009
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Gregory blogs at:

Kyoto’s Nasty 22% City-Bike Hill Climb

May 24 2015

距離125mで高度上昇26m、22%の坂を頑張りました。 I went out for a long bike in the mountains of northern Kyoto on Saturday, and after 120km (75mi) of tough ups and pleasant downs with friends (that I'll write about separately), I made an attempt at a hill so steep that its name on Strava is "Nasty". It's… read more

Why are Eight Bits Enough for Deep Neural Networks?

May 23 2015

Picture by Retronator Deep learning is a very weird technology. It evolved over decades on a very different track than the mainstream of AI, kept alive by the efforts of a handful of believers. When I started using it a few years ago, it reminded me of the first time… read more


May 23 2015

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How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

"Overall, I was highly satisfied with the book and would advise any intermediate Ruby programmer take a closer look at what Ruby Best Practices has to offer."
--Mike Riley, Dr. Dobb's CodeTalk

"If you are an intermediate-to-expert Ruby programmer you should absolutely read this book...Tips, tricks and suggestions abound. Even expert-level Rubyists should learn something. RBP left me wanting more of Gregory’s teaching. He really does a good job of explaining concepts and walking through code. Thankfully, he started up a Ruby Best Practices blog with more content!"
--Jerod Santo, blogt0ski1

"Given my experience and goals, Ruby Best Practices was a perfect read...Not only are Brown’s examples excellent, but they are plentiful. Nearly every new idea he introduces is demonstrated through a case study of real (or plausibly real) code. Working through this book will definitely sharpen your code-reading skills. Beyond simply being clear, Brown’s writing is also fun to read. His enthusiasm for the subject matter is obvious...and leads to a technical book that I’m tempted to call a page-turner. "
--Ben Orenstein, Codeulate.

"RBP is very rich with ideas and perspectives and examples but there are also a lot of simple takeaways that will stick with me as long as I write code in Ruby...You should check it out, read it in your user group or dev team and discuss it. I really think we need more of these type of practical best practices books and blogs and case-studies and discussions and I am glad for the appearance of this book."
--Dylan Clendenin, Deep Thawtz