The Worst Rails Code You've Ever Seen (And How Not to Write It Yourself)

Obie Fernandez (InfoQ)
Location: Portland Ballroom 252
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Most Rails conference talks, programming blogs and reference books try to teach you the “right way” to code your applications. The thing is, the right way to code an application is very dependent on the context in which you are coding it. On the other hand, there certainly exists code which is just plain wrong. Code that just screams 100% FAIL, for various reasons. As with everything in life, there are things in Rails that you simply should just never do, no matter what the context. Unfortunately, most of us learn those things via cold, hard experience.

In this fun and self-deprecating talk, Obie presents the absolute worst Rails code that he could dig up, reaching back into three years worth of projects that he and his friends have written and maintained, looking for the most wretched examples of how NOT to design and implement your own Rails application. Perhaps more importantly, Obie will present ideas for avoiding similar mistakes of your own, as well as real-world advice that might help you to fix your own bad Rails code.

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Obie Fernandez


Author of The Rails Way, the definitive reference guide for Ruby on Rails, Series Editor of the Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series and well-known member of the international Ruby community.

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