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Noel Rappin is a Senior Engineer in the Talent Development department of Groupon, responsible for internal training and coaching, external recruiting, and outreach. Before joining Groupon, Noel was a Senior Consultant at Obtiva, where he lead teams on a variety of web development projects for clients.

A seasoned and well-recognized web developer, Noel has authored five technical books including Rails Test Prescriptions and a forthcoming JavaScript book both from the Pragmatic Press. Noel is also the author or co-author of Professional Ruby on Rails, wxPython in Action, and Jython Essentials.

Noel gives talks and workshops at conferences around the country.
You can see some of Noel’s talks on the web:

Noel has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and User-Centered design from the College of Computing and the Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has taught about web development topics around the country.

Follow Noel on Twitter at @noelrap


2 responses to “About

  1. Rob Eastham June 14, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Hi Noel,

    I just noticed your new beta book on PP site and I will buy it today. I’ve been a Rails developer for about two or three years and I have only ever scratched the surface of testing with a few Cucumber tutorials. Bad dog! I’ve read lots of articles on the benefits of TDD and BDD and I know I need to find the time to learn how to do it for all of my future projects. My code would probably seem like a bit of a mess to a TDD practitioner and I’m sure it probably is.

    So as a relative newbie to testing I was wondering which book to start with. Since I’m going to buy your book today and I own The RSpec Book I wondered if you could have an insight as to which one bis best for a TDD newbie to start with? I’m assuming you are familiar with The RSpec Book and so if not then I guess I’ll try and skim through both and use my own judgment. Keep up the good work.

    Many thanks

    Rob Eastham

  2. Will July 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for all your hard work on RailsRx. I’d been struggling with where to start on Rails TDD and it’s been an invaluable resource.

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