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Event
Location: Pavilion 4
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
CabooseConf is the free, hacker-focused part of RailsConf. Skilled Rails coders from all over the world will meet in one room to network, hack and work on their rails projects. Read more.
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Moderated by: Todd Sedano
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
With Agile methods, we give the developer more control over the project. A key component of feature prioritization is estimation. In this BoF we'll review Agile Estimation techniques and discuss issues that attendees are currently facing. Read more.
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Moderated by: Ben Scofield
Average rating: ****.
(4.83, 6 ratings)
The Rails community has a plethora of experienced, talented developers, who have contributed a great deal of advanced work to the ecosystem. As a group, however, we've lacked a consistent and welcoming approach for newcomers, be they programming newbies or people experienced in another technology. Let's talk about ways to fix that! Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
David Chelimsky (DRW Trading)
Average rating: ***..
(3.54, 80 ratings)
Used appropriately, mock objects are a powerful design tool that can lead to highly maintainable applications. Used in the wrong context, they can lead to painfully brittle test suites. Attendees will leave this session with more insight into mock objects, and a better handle on when it makes sense to use them. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Chris Wanstrath (GitHub), Tom Preston-Werner (GitHub), PJ Hyett (GitHub), Scott Chacon (GitHub), Jon Maddox (Fanzter inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.63, 35 ratings)
The four full time GitHub employees talk about open source, community, building a business, and the future of social coding. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Ryan Singer (37signals)
Average rating: ****.
(4.65, 106 ratings)
Ryan will explain the key concepts you should understand to design and implement UI for your apps. He'll cover screen-level details like language and visual techniques as well as implementation issues like modeling, markup, and view code. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 1
Rein Henrichs (PHPFog)
Average rating: **...
(2.87, 23 ratings)
How Learning Ruby Can Make You a Happier Rails Developer. Basic Ruby practices and idioms that will put the fun back in your relationship! Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Marc-André Cournoyer (Sauté Inc.), Christian Neukirchen (Rack Core Team), Blake Mizerany (Heroku), Ryan Tomayko (GitHub), Adam Wiggins (Heroku), James Lindenbaum (Heroku)
Average rating: **...
(2.54, 28 ratings)
The way we deploy ruby apps is changing. This is a a rare opportunity to discuss issues and ideas in real time, directly with the key people from each part of the stack, all in one room. This is truly a killer line-up: Marc-André Cournoyer (Thin), Christian Neukirchen (Rack), Ryan Tomayko (Rack::Cache, Sinatra), Blake Mizerany (Sinatra), Adam Wiggins and James Lindenbaum (Heroku) Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Larry Karnowski (Relevance, Inc.), Jason Rudolph (GitHub)
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 69 ratings)
Learn how to enjoy the benefits of test-driven development beyond just your Ruby on Rails code; JavaScript is code too, and it deserves tests! With the help of some handy plugins, Rails lets you test your unobtrusive JavaScript using tools such as Screw.Unit and Smoke. The tools and approach are library-agnostic; they work well with jQuery, Prototype, and others. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Noel Rappin (Obtiva)
Average rating: ***..
(3.59, 37 ratings)
This talk explores what makes Test Driven Development really work by showing what happens where the process breaks down, focusing on rapid feedback as the key to asuccessful test-driven process. It also creates a vocabulary for talking about malformed test processes. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Davis W. Frank (Pivotal Labs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.77, 40 ratings)
What's next after reading 'Extreme Programming Explained'? Are you suddenly now an Agile Developer? Likely not - you don't become Agile overnight. It's more of a journey to change how you think and work. Learn by example with tips and tricks from someone who's made that journey and is happier and more productive because of it. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Obie Fernandez (InfoQ)
Average rating: ****.
(4.51, 43 ratings)
Obie reveals secrets of survival in the Rails consultancy and contracting business, based on his real-life experience as founder and CEO of Hashrocket. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
David Czarnecki (Agora Games), Ola Mork (Agora Games), Eric Torrey (AgoraGames)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 10 ratings)
The Guitar Hero® community website (http://community.guitarhero.com) is one of the largest production RoR sites on the Internet with 600,000+ registered users. We will cover the process, programming, and infrastructure for the Guitar Hero® community site. You'll see how we've been able to integrate data from three largely different Guitar Hero® titles in a consumable fashion on the web. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Ninh Bui (Phusion), Hongli Lai (Phusion)
Average rating: ***..
(3.28, 60 ratings)
5 years after the initial release of Ruby on Rails, multiple large and successful websites are powered by this innovative and still relatively young framework. But word is still on the street that Ruby on Rails does not scale. Is this true? Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Aslak Hellesøy (Bekk Consulting AS)
Average rating: ***..
(3.91, 87 ratings)
Cucumber is a novel tool for Behaviour Driven Development. While early BDD tools like RSpec and Shoulda are geared towards programmers, classes and objects, Cucumber nicely fills the communication gap between customers, programmers and testers. This session will change how you approach requirements and testing of Rails applications. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom A-B
Timothy Ferriss (The 4-hour Workweek)
Average rating: *....
(1.80, 87 ratings)
Keynote by Tim Ferriss, author of the Four Hour Work-Week. Read more.
Location: Conference Room 11 - 12
Moderated by: Bill Kayser
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
What would you like to see in future versions of RPM? Tell us your ideas and let New Relic share some of theirs with you. Read more.
Location: Conference Room 9
Moderated by: Chris Eppstein
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Compass is the awesomest (OK only) Sass-based stylesheet framework. Sass is the awesomest syntax for writing stylesheets. Bring your laptop and your favorite project to this informal BoF session. In this lab will get you up and running with Compass and Sass. If you're already a pro, come to help out and also to pick the creator of Compass's brain about advanced techniques. Read more.
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Moderated by: Leah Silber
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Do you run a local user group? Let's get together and talk about how we all generate interest, cover expenses, and keep people coming back week after week. Big and small cities alike, it's a challenge, and more importantly, a lot of work that we're all likely doing after hours. Let's get together to talk shop and strategize! Read more.
Location: Conference Room 9
Moderated by: Justin Hogeterp
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Open discussion on Agile development with Rails. Share your stories about: - Agile adoption and the evolution of your team - Challenges and benefits of Agile development with Rails - Everyday best practices - Software tools and resources that support Agile processes Read more.
Location: Pavilion 1
Moderated by: Eric Mill
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
President Obama has called for a new age of open and transparent government, and you can help usher it in. Led by Sunlight Labs, this session will introduce you to open government projects by your fellow Rubyists, let you propose your own, then get out of your way and let you start hacking. Sunlight Labs is part of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to transparent government. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Adam Wiggins (Heroku)
Average rating: ***..
(3.58, 78 ratings)
Rails 2.3 introduces a hot new feature: Rails Metal. Metal allows you to build Rack endpoints for selected URLs in your app and get a 2x - 3x performance boost. Even better: you can use Sinatra, the microframework that everyone's talking about, from Rails Metal. Capture the speed and elegance of Sinatra from within your existing Rails app! Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Michael Bleigh (Divshot)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 16 ratings)
Twitter is a bustling universe full of opportunities to create crazy, useful and crazy useful applications. Get a kick start to creating Twitter applications in Rails using TwitterAuth, the Twitter authentication stack for Rails. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Greg Borenstein (Grabb.it (http://grabb.it))
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 10 ratings)
Facebook offers a seductive platform for accessing the most intimate social data of 150 million users. Up close, though, this beauty is horribly marred by some disgusting boils: proprietary markup, a disregard for standards, shifting APIs, and an insane dev environment. I'll present strategies for Facebook integration without causing your app, your process, or yourself any unsightly scarring. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Michael Koziarski (Koziarski Software Limited)
Average rating: ***..
(3.65, 31 ratings)
Sometimes as developers it can be a little too easy to lose sight of the big picture sometimes, we can get carried away with following the conventional wisdom without thinking about why that wisdom became conventional. Several great ideas and techniques can become huge time-sinks or distractions if we're not careful. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 58 ratings)
In this talk we will explore the state of the art deployment options for large scale ruby web apps. Ruby web apps become ecosystems of many moving parts over time as they scale. We will outline a scalable architecture for configuring, building, maintaining and scaling the system as a cohesive whole. We will explore technologies like rabbitmq, chef, nanite and EY's new cloud hosting platform. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Jon Dahl (Phronos)
Average rating: ***..
(3.71, 21 ratings)
Music and software a lot in common. We will look at five patterns from the world of music that are relevant to programming, and talk about how music history and theory can help us become better software developers. Read more.
Products and Services
Location: Pavilion 1
Obie Fernandez (InfoQ), David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals), Tobias Lütke (Shopify), Lewis Cirne (New Relic, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.91, 33 ratings)
Meet three CEO's who have each started a successful Rails-focused company. How did they start, what were the keys to success, what would they do differently? Whether you have started a company or are thinking about it, this will be interesting. Panel discussion and Q&A. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Jay Phillips (Codemecca LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.71, 17 ratings)
Every participant in this tutorial will get to use their own cell phone to call into code running on their laptop! Jay Phillips will be interactively showing how to build voice-enabled web applications using the open-source Adhearsion telephony development framework. All you need is Ruby and RubyGems pre-installed. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Pat Maddox (Goldstar Events), BJ Clark (Goldstar.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.89, 18 ratings)
Rails has been out for a few years now. We're past the blogs, past the first couple rounds of new apps, and now have legacy systems to maintain. What strategies can we use for improving these systems? What specific challenges are there for Rails apps, and how does Ruby allow us to meet them in unique ways? We'll look at all of this and more, in "Working effectively with legacy Rails code" Read more.
Products and Services
Location: Pavilion 1
Morten Bagai (Heroku), James Lindenbaum (Heroku), Ryan Tomayko (GitHub), Adam Wiggins (Heroku)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 7 ratings)
Back by popular request, several Heroku team members will be on hand to walk you through the latest and greatest features of the Heroku platform and answer your questions. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Nick Plante (Zerosum Labs), Joe Fiorini (Within3), Ben Scofield (Heroku), Chris Saylor (Todobebé), James Golick (Protose Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.70, 30 ratings)
The Rails Rumble is a 48-hour innovation competition in which teams of up to four developers embrace their environmental constraints to create a number of compelling microapps with Ruby and Rails. In this panel we'll talk to a number of Rumble participants and discover the tips, tricks, and techniques they used to successfully launch innovative web properties in an extremely short time frame. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Paolo Negri (wooga.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.56, 57 ratings)
Discover how is possible to use parallel execution to batch process large amount of data, learn how to use queues to distribute workload and coordinate processes, increase the throughput on system with high latency. Have fun with EventMachine, AMQP, RabbitMQ and get rid of that every 5mins cronjob Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom A-B
Robert Martin (Object Mentor Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.94, 81 ratings)
Keynote by Bob Martin, Object Mentor, Inc. Read more.
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Moderated by: Gabriel Horner
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Let's talk about machine tags and semantic tags. How to use them in Rails and what interesting things people are doing with them. Read more.
Location: Pavilion 1
Moderated by: Gregg Pollack
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Join Rails Activists Matt Aimonetti, Ryan Bates, Gregg Pollack in a discussion of Rails Activism. If you have any ideas on how to encourage Rails adoption and improve our community we'd love to hear from you. Bring your thoughts, questions, and complaints and we'll figure out how to improve the Rails ecosystem together. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A-B
Short adhoc presentations from the audience. Read more.
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Moderated by: Noel Rappin
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
The last year has seen a proliferation of tools and frameworks for testing in Rails, followed by a wave of work allowing developers to use one framework's syntax in another tool. This session is for anybody who wants to navigate the confusion, advocate for their favorite testing tools, or try to determine what new tools are needed. Read more.
Location: Conference Room 9
Moderated by: Rob Vander Sloot
In anticipation of the new Star Trek movie that opens Thursday, May 7, this session is an open discussion of Science Fiction's influence on your life and career. Come and share your story. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom A
Wynn Netherland (Squeejee), Jim Mulholland (Squeejee), Bradley Joyce (Squeejee)
Average rating: ***..
(3.27, 11 ratings)
Has the corporate gig or client work sucked all the fun out of coding? Looking to build your freelancing portfolio? Find a cause you care about build something! Micro apps can have a big impact and build your career in the process. We'll share tips we learned in building TweetCongress.org, an effort to promote government transparency. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Bryan Helmkamp (weplay)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 64 ratings)
Webrat, a Ruby DSL for interacting with Web applications, helps you write expressive, maintainable acceptance tests while sidestepping the issues traditionally associated with in-browser approaches like Selenium and Watir. We'll look at how you can use Webrat to develop a robust acceptance test suite to ensure your app stays working as you refactor mercilessly. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Ryan Tomayko (GitHub)
Average rating: ***..
(3.65, 43 ratings)
HTTP's basic caching mechanisms have been around for almost a decade and still their advantages and limitations are still not well understood. In this talk, we provide a clear and simple explanation of how HTTP caching works, put forth a system for classifying response cacheability, and argue that HTTP caching should be a fundamental aspect of resource design. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Ed Laczynski (Zype), Nathaniel Bibler (Envy Labs)
Average rating: **...
(2.79, 19 ratings)
A team of Rails developers, designers, and an enterprising media and licensing company embarked on a challenge: How to put every video in the 4Kids Entertainment content library online, streaming free to millions of kids (and children-at-heart). This session will review the challenges and approach of the development of the www.4kidstv.com website, that streams over 1 million videos per month. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Average rating: ****.
(4.55, 40 ratings)
Rails has excellent caching strategies for the server side but did you know typically 80% of a responses time is on network communication? This will be an exploration of all the dirty details of caching your app's personal bits in the client browser. We'll look at what Rails provides and what you can additionally do to reduce response times and load on your application with little effort. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Marty Andrews (Cogent Consulting Pty Ltd)
Average rating: ****.
(4.46, 26 ratings)
Automated code quality tools are just starting to become popular in the Ruby and Rails world, even though they've been around a long time in the Java and .NET communities. Learn what the tools are, and how to use them to improve the consistency, testability and overall quality of your Ruby and Rails applications. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc), Carl Lerche (Strobe, Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.48, 65 ratings)
One of the hottest new features in Rails 3 is the ability to embed a Rails application in another Rails application. This allows the development of components that range from user authentication to a fully featured forum. In this talk, Yehuda and Carl will give an in-depth tutorial by building a CMS, creating a gem out of it, and integrating it into another app. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom A-B
David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals), Jeremy Kemper (37signals), Michael Koziarski (Koziarski Software Limited), Rick Olson (GitHub), Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc), Joshua Peek (Consultant)
Average rating: ***..
(3.59, 39 ratings)
Q&A with the core developers of Rails. Your questions; their answers. Read more.
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