Xavier Shay

Xavier Shay

Hello, pleased to be meeting you. I make computers do wonderful things, swing dance, run, live vegan, and I teach others how to do the same. I live in San Francisco, CA.

Email

I reply to all email sent to hello@xaviershay.com, so do write.

Twitter

I use Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and Strava.

I blog about books and politics in one place, and code in another.

Code

I lead the Payments Engineering and Analytics teams at Square.

I am active in the open source community, sourcing over 50 projects on Github. I am a core team member of RSpec, formerly Bundler, and a Ruby on Rails contributor.

I have spoken at RubyConf, RailsConf, and many regional conferences. You can find recordings at Confreaks.

In 2010 I travelled the world running a series of Ruby on Rails workshops titled Your Database Is Your Friend Training. I blog about code at Robot Has No Heart and used to write a weekly column for RubySource. I have a style guide.

I have worked on many big commercial projects including Square (current), The Conversation, ClearGrain, and Redbubble. I made and maintain the Vegan Melbourne website.

Personal Development

My brother and I wrote the personal development blog TwoShay and ran a regular month long vegan mentoring group Vegan Month. Neither are currently active.

Swing Dancing

I have been swing dancing for about a decade. I irregularly teach, and run two dancing related websites: LindyLog for keeping a dance diary, and EventHand for dance event management.