David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson (also known as DHH) is the creator of Ruby on Rails framework, CTO and co-founder of project management software Basecamp, and author of several bestselling books. In 1999, David built a Danish online gaming news website, which he ran until 2001. He managed to attract the attention of Jason Fried, who hired him to build a web-based project management tool that became Basecamp, the project management software (formerly known as 37signals). During the development process, Hansson used the Ruby programming language to develop a custom web framework. He released the framework separately from the project management tool in 2004, as the open source project Ruby on Rails. In 2005, David was awarded with the title “Hacker of the Year” for this project. David co-wrote a few books with his business partner, Jason Fried: ‘Getting Real’ ‘Rework’, ‘Remote’, and their latest release, ‘It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work’. Fried and DHH talk about what they call “the calm company”: a different company culture that questions all the “best practices” that became the norm in today's work environment. Basecamp recently released a free web-based book as a follow-up to 'Getting Real', titled 'Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters', where they go into details on how they work at Basecamp. David is also a Le Mans class-winning racing driver, passionate about photography - you can see his work on Flickr, and he frequently writes on Basecamp's blog, Signal v. Noise.


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Twitter: @dhh

Books Written by David Heinemeier Hansson

Books Recommended by David Heinemeier Hansson

Man's Search for Meaning - The Classic Tribute to Hope from the Holocaust

by Viktor E. Frankl

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker


by Marcus Aurelius

The Richest Man in Babylon

by George S. Clason

The Republic

by Plato

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas Piketty

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

by Marie Kondo

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

by Michael Lewis

Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns

by Kent Beck

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

by Robert B. Cialdini

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Steven Lee Myers

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

by Albert Camus

Debt: The first 5,000 Years

by David Graeber

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

by Francis Fukuyama

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

by Chris VossTahl Raz

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

by Matthew Walker

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

by Annie Duke

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by Michael Pollan

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