Personal schedule for Aaron Hawkins

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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 9 - 10
Pat Allan (Freelancing Gods)
Average rating: ***..
(3.36, 22 ratings)
The more complex your search queries becomes, the uglier your SQL statements get, even with ActiveRecord's helpful magic. Reclaim some clarity in your code by using the Sphinx search engine, a powerful tool that lets you search across your models in fast and complex ways. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom A-B
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 64 ratings)
Keynote by David Heinemeier Hansson. 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: 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 2 - 3
Jim Weirich (Neo Innovation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.18, 60 ratings)
Many words of programming wisdom have been written to promote the idea of low coupling between modules. "Prefer delegation over inheritance", "The Law of Demeter" are examples of these words of advice. To understand these issues, we will look at the concept of "connascence" how it applies to creating modular Ruby programs. 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.
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.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
David A. Black (Ruby Central, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 40 ratings)
An overview of important new features and changes in Ruby 1.9, including some compatibility issues to watch out for when you're migrating your 1.8 code. 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 B
Charles Nutter (Engine Yard, Inc), Evan Phoenix (Engine Yard)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 57 ratings)
A walkthrough of how common and popular Ruby features are actually implemented, with a focus on how they work, why they behave the way they do, and why they do or do not perfom well. If you'd like to better understand What Makes Ruby Go, this is the talk for you. 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
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
Tony Hillerson (Tack Mobile)
Average rating: **...
(2.73, 15 ratings)
RubyAMF is a Rails plug-in that allows easy, fast integration between Flex apps and Rails using Adobe’s open format for transferring typed data to/from Flash apps. We’ll walk through building a Flex application powered by a Rails back-end service. You’ll see how to work with translation to native objects in both directions, working with hierarchical data and more advanced configuration options. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs), Jason Seifer (Twistedmind Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 39 ratings)
In this talk the Rails Envy guys will attempt to sum up a year of Rails innovation in 45 minutes, covering 20 of the most useful, ingenious, and innovative new developments. 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.
News and Coverage
co-presented by Ruby Central, Inc. O'Reilly
  • Engine Yard
  • Heroku
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Blue Box Group
  • New Relic

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