What sets out an individual to embrace the tech community more? It’s all about learning and meeting people. The developer scene offers more than technical stuff, but it also lets you connect with other people. Surrounding yourself with a bunch of geeks will help you learn more and experience more. It’s not only a group that escalates your interests and hobbies; being with other people also allows you to strive better for yourself. And this is true with Terence Ponce.
Terence Ponce is the Vice President for Programs of Developers Connect Philippines and he is also the Community Manager of the Philippine Ruby Users Group. By trade, he works as a Ruby developer for a living. Terence is an active developer who likes getting involved within the tech community and he likes talking to people. But just like everyone else, he plays video games, watches various TV series and hangs out with his friends during his spare time.
The Philippine Ruby Users Group or PhRUG is consisting of people who have an interest in the Ruby programming language. This group of people exhibits their genuine interest in Ruby through developing, promoting, fostering, strengthening, and improving the Ruby programming language and Ruby community in the Philippines.
Terence is only one of the many people who had gained an interest in this growing programming language. So what made him drawn towards Ruby? Terence won’t deny it, and he came loving Ruby because of the money. He was encouraged by a group of Ruby developers to use the language. At first, Terence found it weird, but it offered him a breath of fresh air. Later on, he finds Ruby to be an awesome language. He also likes its vibrant community.
Being a community manager enables him to organize meet ups for the Ruby community. For larger scale meet ups, Terence puts DevCon in the equation to pull it off. Terence exclaimed that participating in Ruby meet ups can enable you to learn more about Ruby and meet people with the same interests. You can also possibly meet with the two most influential people in the Ruby community, and they are Radamanthus Batnag and Bryan Bibat. These people belong to the prime movers of the Ruby community here in the Philippines.
As the community grows, Terence plans to organize workshops and various events in order to encourage more people to try out the Ruby programming language. The more people on board, the more vibrant the Ruby community would be.