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.


All books recommended or written by DHH:

Thirst: A Story of R...

by Scott Harrison

How to Break Up with...

by Catherine Price

The Examined Life: H...

by Stephen Grosz

The Trial

by Franz Kafka

Dreamland: The True ...

by Sam Quinones

The Self-Driven Chil...

by William Stixrud, Ned Johnson

The Gift of Fear : S...

by Gavin De Becker

Escape from Freedom...

by Erich Fromm

Refactoring: Improvi...

by Martin Fowler

Ten Arguments for De...

by Jaron Lanier

The Manual: A Philos...

by Epictetus

Fear and Trembling

by Soren Kierkegaard

Nausea

by Jean-Paul Sartre

Existentialism Is a ...

by Jean-Paul Sartre

Notes from Undergrou...

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Company of One: Why ...

by Paul Jarvis

How to Change Your M...

by Michael Pollan

It Doesn’t Hav...

by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson