David Hansson

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
David Hansson

Name: David Heinemeier Hansson

Born: October 15, 1979, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Computer-related contributions

  • Danish computer programmer.
  • Creator of Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki.
  • Partner at the web-based software development firm 37signals.

Significant publications

  • Remote: Office Not Required (2013).
  • Agile Web Development with Rails 3.2 (Pragmatic Programmers) (2011).
  • Rework (2010).
  • Getting Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application (2009).

Honors and awards

  • Named ALMS Rookie of the year (2012).
  • Jolt award of product excellence for Rails 1.0 (2006).
  • Ranked 34th among "50 people who matter now" by Business 2.0 (2005).
  • Won Best Hacker of the Year at OSCON from Google and O'Reilly (2005).


"Workaholics don't actually accomplish more than nonworkaholics. They may claim to be perfectionists, but that just mean they're wasting time fixating on inconsequential details instead of moving on to the next task."