David Heinemeier Hansson

[Photo] David Heinemeier Hansson

David was born in 1979 in Copenhagen, Denmark. After he graduated from Copenhagen Business School in 2005, he moved to Chicago, USA.

He is a partner in 37signals. The company behind Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Writeboard, and Ta-da List. They run a popular weblog at Signal vs Noise.

He is also the creator of the web-application framework Ruby on Rails. The infrastructure software that they use to build all of their applications at 37signals.

For the work on Rails, he won Best Hacker of the Year 2005 at OSCON from Google and O'Reilly. And in 2006, he accepted the Jolt award of product excellence for Rails 1.0.

Similarly, for the work on Rails, he has been featured on the cover of LinuxJournal and in the pages of Wired, Business 2.0, Chicago Tribune, and other publications.

Books from David

[Book Cover] The Rails Way
The Rails Way (Foreword)
From Addison-Wesley Professional, released November 26th, 2007
Ruby on Rails strips complexity from the development process, enabling professional developers to focus on what matters most: delivering business value. Now, for the first time, there’s a comprehensive, authoritative guide to building production-quality software...
[Book Cover] Agile Web Development with Rails, Second Edition
Agile Web Development with Rails, Second Edition (Author)
From Pragmatic Bookshelf, released December 14th, 2006
The definitive, Jolt-award winning guide to learning and using Rails is now in its Second Edition. Rails is a new approach to web-based application development that enables developers to create full-featured, sophisticated web-based applications using less code ...
[Book Cover] Getting Real
Getting Real (Author)
From Lulu, released October 26th, 2006
Getting Real details the business, design, programming, and marketing principles of 37signals. The book is packed with keep-it-simple insights, contrarian points of view, and unconventional approaches to software design. This is not a technical book or a design ...
[Book Cover] Rework
Rework (Author)
From Crown Publishing, released March 9th, 2010
ASAP is poison. Underdo the competition. Meetings are toxic. Fire the workaholics / emulate drug dealers. Pick a fight. Planning is guessing. Inspiration is perishable.