Schedule: BoF sessions

Below is a list of BoFs that have been scheduled so far. If you’d like to lead a BoF of your own, please sign up at the conference on the BoF schedule located in the Pavilion Foyer.

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Location: Conference Room 9
Moderated by: Matt Conway
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)
Cloud computing is all the rage these days, learn one method for deploying your rails apps into the cloud using capistrano and rubber. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Moderated by: Monty Williams
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
We've spent the last year implementing Ruby on top of GemStone's newest 64-bit VM. Has it been a Lovefest or a Deathmatch? Come to our BOF and find out. Read more.
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Location: Pavilion 1
Moderated by: Christophe Lucas
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Christophe Lucas will be demonstrating solutions for internationalization globalization and localization of Ruby on Rails applications of Ruby on Rails applications following standards like I18n or L10n. Read more.
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Location: Pavilion 1
Moderated by: Christophe Lucas
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Christophe Lucas is going to talk about time-saving solutions and workarounds to improve search using Sphinx and Thinking Sphinx. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Pavilion 1
Moderated by: Raimonds Simanovskis
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
In this session practical experience of using Ruby on Rails on Oracle database will be discussed - Oracle enhanced adapter for ActiveRecord, limitations of ActiveRecord on Oracle, usage of PL/SQL stored procedures, different deployment platforms etc. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Moderated by: Matt Wood
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
A very special evening of science, technology, Ruby and Rails: activeresearch.org. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A
Moderated by: Ron Evans
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Bring an instrument (or your voice) and let's make music! Many Rails developers are also musicians. Whether you play jazz, rock, blues, pop, or whatever the case may be, come along and meet and play with other musical developers. If you can't bring an instrument, stop by anyway. There might be extras. Read more.
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Location: Conference Room 10
Moderated by: Kevin Weller
General discussion about both technical and non-technical aspects of running a Software-as-a-Service business which exposes Rails applications to the public. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Conference Room 10
Moderated by: Mike Gaffney & Kenny Ortmann
Come discuss and learn about the Active Scaffold library with Mike Gaffney (mr.gaffo) and Kenny Ortmann (yairgo), two core contributors. Read more.
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Location: Conference Room 11 - 12
Moderated by: Tikhon Bernstam
With 60 million users and 35 billion words, Scribd is where discussions happen in 140 million characters or less. Join one of the largest Ruby/Rails sites as we talk about the limitations of Ruby, Rails and interesting ways we're using Rack Middleware and Java to scale one of the fastest growing web properties in the world. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Moderated by: Keith Bingman
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Radiant has become the most popular rails CMS recently, due to its simplicity and extendibility. Come discuss building sites with Radiant and extending its functionality. Read more.
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Location: Pavilion 1
Moderated by: Jon "Lark" Larkowski
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
So maybe you're testing all the time. But, are you pairing all the time? The team from Hashrocket is, and we'd love to talk about it. Come debate the pro's and con's of pair programming. Already sold on pairing? Share your best practices with others. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Moderated by: Michael Gaffney
When a business is run by an application that houses all essential business logic (scm, ticketing, billing, contracting, and HR), it can't be thrown away. What started as a simple add on Rails app turned into a continuing conversion of just such a system. Come learn what strategies, development processes, and lessons learned have come from this rewrite of a 200KLOC Java app. Read more.
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Location: Conference Room 9
Moderated by: Peter Armstrong
Peter Armstrong will be demoing the MIT-licensed RestfulX framework (http://restfulx.github.com/), which brings the design principles and productivity of Rails to Adobe Flex and AIR development and makes integration with RESTful Web Services as simple as possible. If you want to use Ruby on Rails, Merb, Sinatra, CouchDB or Google App Engine with Adobe Flex or AIR, this BoF is for you. Read more.
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Location: Conference Room 10
Moderated by: Scott Patten
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Learn how to make your apps faster, more scalable, bullet-proof and just plain cooler with Scott Patten, author of The S3 Cookbook. Scott Patten will get you using S3, and give a quick tour of S3. We'll talk about S3 and web apps: serving data, backups, authenticated downloads and whatever other crazy things you are using it for. We'll end with a discussion of S3 tips, tricks and pitfalls. Read more.
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Location: Conference Room 11 - 12
Moderated by: Sean Schofield
Session will be led by Sean Schofield the creator and maintainer of the Spree project. Come join us for a free form discussion about Spree and online commerce with Ruby on Rails in general. This is your chance to meet some of the people behind this project, ask questions and to suggest new features. Read more.
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Location: Pavilion 1
Moderated by: Jimmy Schementi
Cool usages of IronRuby, from the web server to the client, and in the browser. Read more.
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Location: Pavilion 2 - 3
Moderated by: Michael Bleigh
Are you working with the Twitter API or are interested in getting started? Meet up with other Twitter developers to talk about the things you're working on and maybe learn a few new tricks. Moderated by Michael Bleigh who is giving the "Twitter on Rails" talk. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Conference Room 10
Moderated by: Yehuda Katz
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Come get a technical overview of the Rails 3 work in progress with Yehuda Katz and Carl Lerche, who have been working full-time on the project for several months. Learn about the new architecture of ActionController, ActionView, and how you're expected to plug in to it. Read more.
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Location: Conference Room 11 - 12
This session will cover details of our process .. setting engineering discipline dials to 11 .. including how we plan, estimate and track our projects. I will cover agile topics including story point estimation and sprint length selection. I will touch on Lean practices. And I will answer any questions regarding Agile, Scrum best practices. Read more.
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