Open source projects like Rails are intimidating, especially as a beginner. It’s hard to look at the code and know what it does. But Ruby on Rails is more than just code. Written into it are years of research, discussions, and motivations. Also written into it are bugs, typos, and all of the pieces that make the code human. This talk outlines steps you can take to explore the inner workings of Rails and gain context on its design. Understanding how Rails works will allow you to write better Rails applications and better Ruby code. You will leave with many resources and tips on perusing Rails.