From 'Rails' to 'Release'

Paul Campbell (Hyper Tiny)
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Location: Ballroom II
Average rating: ***..
(3.61, 54 ratings)

In this session, I’ll talk about the importance of various aspects of Rails project development with an emphasis on releasing finished apps.

In the past year, I’ve managed the development of and released 9 production Rails apps, including http://railsdevelopment.com for Engine Yard, http://useketchup.com for myself and http://eason.ie for Ireland’s largest bookstore.

I will talk about the importance of the team, the mind, the skillset, tools, documentation, deciding what’s important, patterns, design, clean code, releasing early and responding quickly to feedback.

I’ll back everything up with direct, repeated experience trying out various techniques, tools and methods for getting software from concept to released.

I think this session will be valuable for anyone developing user facing Rails apps.

I really try to engage the audience when I present. I hand-drew all the slides for my Rails Underground talk last year… I like to keep the flow going, and to keep the pace quite fast and exciting.

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Paul Campbell

Hyper Tiny

Paul is a Rails Developer from Dublin. He is working on his own startup idea, Ketchup, http://useketchup.com, as well as projects for Engine Yard for example the Rails Development Directory http://railsdevelopment.com

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Paul Campbell
06/16/2010 8:14pm EDT

@Diego : Thanks for your comments.

Sorry I didn’t match completely with the abstract. The talk developed a lot from when I wrote the initial proposal around Christmas time. Getting the technical balance right is something I’m working on ...

Cheers!

—P

John Petersen
06/11/2010 10:13am EDT

Very inspirational session. The theme was simply – “Just do it!”. The slides were awesome! Focusing on the talk around the 2 week project was great. Has the makings of a great whitepaper!!

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Diego Scataglini
06/11/2010 9:49am EDT

Loved the slides, appreciated the feel good message and encouragement to “just release” but felt a bit mislead from the description. I expected a more technical talk especially wrt the following paragraphs “I will talk about the importance of the team, the mind, the skillset, tools, documentation, deciding what’s important, patterns, design, clean code, releasing early and responding quickly to feedback.

I’ll back everything up with direct, repeated experience trying out various techniques, tools and methods for getting software from concept to released.”

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Paul Campbell
06/08/2010 3:55pm EDT

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Zac Williams
06/08/2010 3:53pm EDT

loved the slides!

Preston Marshall
06/08/2010 12:23pm EDT

Paul is entertaining and lively! Good morning talk to get people energized for the rest of the day.

david hill
06/08/2010 12:23pm EDT

fantastic talk, great hand-drawn slides. inspiring message to build code fast and get something out, even if it is just a baby! realize how easy it is to get something out there. if in doubt, listen to paul. again.

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