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February 14, 2012

Geek crushes


Dear Christian Neukirchen,

The first time I saw you, I was too shy to talk to you. Then you taught me how to use zsh. Now I use it every day.

One would think that the author of products used by millions of people would get some respect (the tumblelog and Rack). But most developers don’t even know your name, much less pronounce it correctly.

You promote your open source software as loudly as a ninja traverses a busy street. You launch your ideas silently and wait a few years for people to realize their brilliance.

I think about you every time I type rackup

Geekily Yours,
Geoffrey Grosenbach

Dear Jeremy Ashkenas,

An athlete with as many successes as you’ve had would be checked for performance enhancing drugs.

Backbone.js, CoffeeScript, Jammit, Docco, The Shoebox. The list goes on.

You’re doing real work that’s changing the world.

Keep on.

Indenting daily,
Geoffrey Grosenbach

Dear Reginald Braithwaite,

I’m glad you didn’t get the notice that tech geeks don’t blog anymore.

Half the stuff you talk about confuses me. What the hell is a K-combinator? I have no idea but now I’m going to find out.

And then I find out that you do my favorite sport. Rock on.

Geoffrey Grosenbach

Dear Blake Mizerany,

It takes a true visionary to make simple tools that can do everything.

Maybe even more impressive than the individual success of Sinatra is that it’s always the first to be implemented in every other language that sprouts up.

But that didn’t stop you from building other mind-bending tools that most other developers wouldn’t even attempt. In a language you learned for the first time while writing it.

Here’s to you,
Geoffrey Grosenbach

Dear Elise Worthy,

Most people would give up after trying to learn something for a few weeks. You’ve kept on with programming for several years and are getting better at it all the time.

Yet you’re an incredible teacher too. And working with you has irrevocably changed the way I think about business.

Best of luck at Living Social,
Geoffrey Grosenbach

About the Author

is VP of Open Source at Pluralsight. He previously founded PeepCode and is an all around entrepreneur, developer, designer, teacher and athlete. Follow him on Twitter at @topfunky.