Personal schedule for Scott Robidoux

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Tutorial
Location: Ballroom B
Robert Dempsey (Atlantic Dominion Solutions)
Average rating: ***..
(3.22, 23 ratings)
Many come to RailsConf without being in the Rails world for very long, and are looking for a simple introduction to get started. Robert Dempsey will take you through the A-Z introduction to Rails, from MVC to what's where in a Rails app. Read more.
Tutorial
Location: Ballroom A
Jim Weirich (Neo Innovation), Joe O'Brien (EdgeCase, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 52 ratings)
Everyone seems to be on the TDD/BDD bandwagon these days. We have gotten very good at the first two phases of the Red/Green/Refactor cycle. But in our push toward releasing new code and functionality, sometimes the Refactor phase gets the short end of the stick. Sadly, without refactoring, our code base can quickly become a nightmare of highly coupled, highly redundant code. 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: 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 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: Pavilion 9 - 10
Charles Nutter (Engine Yard, Inc), Thomas Enebo (Engine Yard, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.30, 30 ratings)
Since last year, JRuby usage has grown tremendously. We've also released more than a dozen releases, fixed hundreds of bugs, and committed thousands of revisions. In this session we'll update you on JRuby performance in real applications, show you what people are using it for like GUIs and games, and demonstrate how JRuby is improving the Ruby and Rails worlds. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom B
Aslak Helles√ły (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.
General
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Jake Scruggs (Backstop Solutions)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 35 ratings)
How can you make sure that your beautiful Rails code doesn't degrade over time as more people join a project and deadlines loom? Well, there are tools to measure test coverage, code complexity, churn, bad practices, duplication, and code smell. And all of these various open source projects have been mashed together in metric_fu - a Ruby gem that makes measuring the quality of your code easy. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Matt Aimonetti (m|a agile consulting)
Average rating: ***..
(3.55, 60 ratings)
Rails3 is the result of the Merb and Rails merger. While the usual ActiveRecord/ERB/Prototype/Test::Unit full stack is still the default, Rails3 now let you step off of the golden path. Learn more about alternative stack components, when and why to use them by looking at concrete examples. Read more.
General
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Brian Hogan (NAPCS)
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 14 ratings)
Want to use Rails but are stuck with a nasty existing database? No problem. This session will show you how we managed to defeat an ugly beast of a system. You'll come away armed with some strategies you can employ to slay even the ugliest schemas. 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
Ilya Grigorik (igvita.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.08, 26 ratings)
A high-performance proxy server is less than a hundred lines of Ruby code and it is an indispensable tool for anyone who knows how to use it. In this talk we'll dissect three real-world examples: live A/B performance testing, extending functionality of existing applications, and real-time traffic analysis and performance monitoring. We'll implement each example using Ruby EventMachine framework. 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: 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: Ballroom B
David Bock (CodeSherpas)
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 25 ratings)
Workflow is a broad concept, and there are many different approaches to it. Our options in Ruby, especially declarative programming, make workflow applications fun to write, as well as very customizable without building huge "application engines". Come see how. Read more.
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