Personal schedule for Ben Scofield

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Tutorial
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Edd Dumbill (Silicon Valley Data Science)
Average rating: **...
(2.36, 45 ratings)
Few completed Rails apps are architecturally simple. As soon as you grow, you find yourself using multiple subsystems and machines to scale, creating new headaches in configuration management. Help is at hand! This tutorial introduces Chef, a modern Ruby-based open source approach to systems integration. Chef lets you manage your servers by writing code, not running commands. Read more.
Tutorial
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Mike Subelsky (OtherInbox)
Average rating: ***..
(3.21, 34 ratings)
Future web apps will be built on the client-server model: faster, more fluid, desktop-like apps that cannot be fully realized with traditional Rails techniques for building browser views. But Rails is the perfect server framework to integrate with SproutCore, an exciting new framework for building web browser clients. Students will build a full-fledged client-server app using both frameworks. 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: Pavilion 9 - 10
James Adam (Free Range)
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 69 ratings)
A no-nonsense guide to making the most of the newly-integrated "engines" functionality in Rails 2.3, from the guy who wrote the engines plugin itself. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Desi McAdam (Hashrocket Inc and DevChix Inc), Sarah Mei (Ministry of Velocity), Lori Olson (The WNDX Group Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 18 ratings)
Meet some of the women from the Rails community. Hear about their experiences and what they have to say about how to bring more female programmers into our already amazing community, as well as how to get them more involved and active in it once they're here. 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: Pavilion 2 - 3
Scott Chacon (GitHub)
Average rating: ****.
(4.26, 91 ratings)
Much of the Ruby and Rails community is now using Git, but there are a number of fun things that are a bit more difficult to get the hang of that are incredibly helpful to know when using Git. This session will go over some advanced Git usage for the casual or intermediate Git user. 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.
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 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: 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.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Erik Kastner (Kickstarter)
Average rating: **...
(2.88, 26 ratings)
Webhooks and Protocols (like Rack) are dumb. Like a socket, they work with anything that fits. We'll look at a whole class of problems that can be solved creatively with similar solutions. We will also look at some popular and successful real-world implementations. 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.
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
Ben Scofield (Heroku)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 43 ratings)
The benefits of Rack support in Rails have become increasingly obvious; Rails Metal and integrating multiple Rack applications have made possible architectures that were impractical before, and some long-held opinions are ripe for change. In this session, we'll see how to set up this integration and explore real examples of how it can be used—including the rehabilitation of page caching. 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.
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