Ryan Bates is getting married on Saturday. His work at Railscasts.com has had a major impact on many people's lives, helping many developers learn and master the Ruby on Rails web framework.
My name is Miles, a friend of Ryan's. I'm attending the wedding and reception, and would like to share with the guests the impact Ryan's work has had on the world. Ryan is a really quiet guy, and even his closest family are not aware on how much he has helped others build amazing things.
Do you have something you'd like to relay to Ryan and his family? Has your life been affected by Railscasts? Please share in the comments. I'll try to share as many of your comments at the reception, and see if I can have the speech recorded, then post the video back here.
EDIT: Wow, the outpouring here is incredible! Please keep them coming, and I'll collect them all to give to the family.
EDIT#2 (Friday, July 7/17): I attended the rehearsal this afternoon. They will not be having an open mic at the reception, however I did speak at length with Ryan's family (his mom, dad, sisters, and fiancee) and told them about the feedback on this thread. I will be checking here Saturday afternoon for any final thoughts, and at the wedding reception I'll see if I can record a message for you all from the bride & groom. Thanks, everyone!
EDIT#3 (Saturday, July 8/17): Wedding was great. Ryan and his new wife were too busy to be able to record a message, but I'll hit him up later when he returns from his honeymoon. Thank you to everyone, including David Heinemeier Hansson who sent the following message through email:
>*"Ryan's work on RailsCasts has helped so many people level up their Rails skills in the founding tradition of the framework: Show don't tell! Forever grateful for the contribution to our community." - DHH*