Welcome to the first ever Pinkterview.
This week I'll be interviewing none other than the amazing Ray Wenderlich. Ray is the founder of RayWenderlich.com, a site that makes high quality tutorials for developers and gamers.
Read on to learn a little more about Ray and how he got started programming, how his website came to be, and what the future holds for readers and subscribers of his site.
For those who may not yet know you, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Ray Wenderlich, and I run a web site focused on high quality programming tutorials (iOS, Android, Unity, and Unreal Engine) along with a team of over 150 elite developers from all around the world.
Together we create written tutorials, video courses, and books with the goal of learning—and growing—as authors and developers, and sharing our knowledge with the rest of the community.
How did you get started programming, did you major in computer science or software development?
When I was a kid my grandfather got me a Commodore 64. I’ve been in love with computers ever since. I taught myself Basic, Pascal and C, and ended up majoring in computer science in college.
You have a background in doing game development, what were some early jobs you had in the industry and projects you worked on?
My first game-industry related experience was when I worked at Electronic Arts on Warhammer Online as part of the operations engineering team. A group of us created a customer service tool for the game called Copter. When we finally finished the project we took a helicopter ride to celebrate! :]
After that job I became an indie iOS developer, and created some of my own games using a popular game framework at the time called Cocos2D. My most popular game was an educational game for kids called Math Ninja featuring a ninja vs. a giant tomato, which ranked in the top 25 educational games for a number of years.
How did you get started with raywenderlich.com?
I decided to start up a blog to share some of the things I was learning while creating my own apps. People seemed to like the tutorials so I kept writing them!
Was it always your goal to grow the website into what it is today, or did it just start as a blog or personal project?
I definitely had no idea the website would grow into what it was today.
At first the blog was just me, but eventually it became more work than I could handle on my own. I reached out to the community to see if anyone else was interested in creating tutorials with me, and luckily a bunch of amazing and talented developers folks signed up - including Felipe! :]
Speaking of Felipe, he’s one of the key reasons why the site is where it is today. When iOS 5 came out, Felipe came up with an idea of making a book together covering all the new tech that came out that year, so we made a book called iOS 5 by Tutorials—it was quite popular. Things just grew from there. The Tutorial Team just kept creating more tutorials, books, and (eventually) courses!
What is some advice you’d give to readers looking to get started with programming? What are some recommended books, tutorials, or courses on the site for beginners?
My advice is to be patient. Learning to be a good software developer takes time and hard work, but anyone can do it if you carve out the time from your schedule and put in the effort!
The best way to start is with our courses in our Getting Started with iOS category on our site. The first two courses are Your First Swift 4 & iOS 11 App and Programming in Swift, that get you started with the basics you’ll need throughout the rest of our beginner’s curriculum.
And what about those looking to join the team in the future, what advice would you give to them and the skills to focus on developing?
After you’ve learned the basics the best thing to do is to keep making apps. They could be apps you create on your own or apps you make as part of your day job, but practice and experience makes a huge difference.
Are there any cool books or projects in the pipeline that you can share with us today? What can we expect from you in the future?
In the past year or so we’ve been really ramping up the Android content on our site—for example, we now publish one Android tutorial a week.
But that’s just the beginning. This year, RayWenderlich.com will be getting into Android in a big way. Stay tuned for more details this March! :]
How can readers follow you and your work?
We have a free newsletter called raywenderlich.com Weekly that you can subscribe to get notified of each tutorial we create. You can also follow me on Twitter as @RWenderlich.
And with that, the first Pinkterview is done. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks a ton to Ray for taking the time to answer some questions and giving us a look into his world.
What are some of your favorite books, courses, and tutorial on Ray's site? Leave your comments, feedback, and suggestions in the comment section below.
Until next time! :)