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Keynote
Location: Ballroom I - II
Average rating: ****.
(4.07, 127 ratings)
Keynote by David Heinemeier Hansson, 37signals. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom I - II
Michael Feathers (Obtiva, Working Effectively with Legacy Code)
Average rating: ***..
(3.59, 112 ratings)
Keynote by Michael Feathers, Object Mentor. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Glenn Vanderburg (LivingSocial)
Average rating: ****.
(4.54, 50 ratings)
Software engineering as it's taught in universities simply doesn't work. It doesn't produce software systems of high quality, and it doesn't produce them for low cost. Sometimes, even when practiced rigorously, it doesn't produce systems at all. That's odd, because in every other field, the term "engineering" is reserved for methods that work. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom I
John Nunemaker (OrderedList, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 80 ratings)
"Don't repeat yourself." "Don't reinvent the wheel." Phrases like this are thrown around like crazy in the programming world, but one is missing. Repeat others. The best way to learn is to imitate those that are better than us. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Moderated by:
Sean Schofield (Rails Dog)
Panelists:
Michael Bryzek (Gilt Groupe), Cody Fauser (Shopify), Nathaniel Talbott (Spreedly, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.55, 42 ratings)
As Rails becomes more mainstream, businesses are now taking a second look at Rails for their e-commerce needs. Join our panel of experts as we discuss a range of possible solutions. We will discuss the merits of using an existing Framework (Spree), using third party services (Shopify and Spreedly) or building your own (Gilt.) Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom I
Michael Bleigh (Divshot)
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 58 ratings)
If you're building a RESTful API for your application you need to know about the latest standards in open authentication. With a new, modular approach and providing much greater flexibility than ever, the OAuth standard has evolved into a mature, open, and intelligent way to provide access to your application. Learn what it is, how to use it, and how to implement it on your application today! Read more.
General
Location: Room 309- 310
Ilya Grigorik (igvita.com), Dan Sinclair (PostRank Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 67 ratings)
No threads, no callbacks, just pure IO scheduling with Ruby 1.9, Fibers, and Eventmachine. All the nice things we love about writing synchronous code, but completely asynchronous under the covers – the best of both worlds. A hands on look at the architecture, mechanics, and involved libraries towards creating the next generation Ruby web-servers. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Dirkjan Bussink (Nedap)
Average rating: ***..
(3.74, 38 ratings)
We would like to announce DataMapper 1.0 here at Railsconf 2010. DataMapper 1.0 marks an important release that has seen a lot of development over the last two years. DataMapper is storage engine agnostic and also allows for mixing for example SQL and No-SQL engines, using the best tools for the job. Read more.
General
Location: Room 307 - 308
Pat Maddox (Goldstar Events)
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 49 ratings)
Over the last 5 years, Rails apps have increased in size, complexity, and value provided to businesses. A few years back all we had to do was customize some generated code and sprinkle on a bit of AJAX, and the rapid pace of development meant that we could launch products and add features way faster than our competitors could. Read more.
General
Location: Room 309- 310
Kyle Banker (10gen)
Average rating: ****.
(4.21, 73 ratings)
We'd mastered it all: join tables, polymorphic associations, nested sets, all neatly normalized. Then we awoke to the haze of NoSQL, where the data-modeling rules had changed. This presentation attempts to correct that by exploring document-oriented modeling with MongoDB. We'll cover common design patterns and contrast strategies for modeling product data in an RDBMS and a document store. Read more.
General
Location: Room 307 - 308
Rick Bradley (OG Consulting)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 18 ratings)
See real-world deep refactorings of production Rails apps under heavy active development. Focused tests are introduced to mission-critical applications having serious structural and design problems. We stop code decay, refactor under heavy testing, and converge to a clean well-tested implementation of a coherent domain design. Rescue missions in 45 minutes. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom I - II
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.69, 71 ratings)
Keynote by Yehuda Katz, Engine Yard Inc. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom I - II
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.74, 97 ratings)
Most people think that freedom engenders creativity, but the opposite is true. But too much constraint makes it hard to get stuff done. It turns out that you need just enough constraint, and figuring out what gives you that perfect level is harder than you think. This keynote investigates the relationship between creativity and constraint as it applies to software development in the modern world. Read more.
General
Location: Room 309- 310
Aaron Patterson (AT&T Interactive)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 57 ratings)
We all know that Rails is made of Tasty Burgers, but what are those Tasty Burgers made from? We're going to take a look inside the bun to discover what makes up Rails, how the software gets to our plate, and how we can improve it. We'll discuss some of the lower level libraries used to make up Rails, and what makes them tick. Better Ingredients, Better Burgers. Guaranteed. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Obie Fernandez (InfoQ), Durran Jordan (Hashrocket)
Average rating: ***..
(3.63, 86 ratings)
Hashrocket recently built and deployed a massive patient record system for a pharmaceutical company in less than six months. We discuss how we dramatically accelerated our normal Rails application development using MongoDB and applying the philosphies of "less SQL". Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom I
Rich Kilmer (LivingSocial)
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 50 ratings)
Discuss the implementation of a distributed solution for authentication and authorization when you need to break things up into logical RESTful services and yet have a central way to manage what your users can do. This is a more technical presentation of what I showed in the Keynote for the LA RubyConf. Read more.
General
Location: Room 309- 310
Aman Gupta (GitHub)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 37 ratings)
EventMachine is an implementation of the Reactor pattern for Ruby, similar to Python's Twisted. It provides event-driven I/O for MRI, YARV, Rubinius and JRuby, allowing a simple Ruby application to serve thousands of network connections concurrently. This talk will cover the basics of EventMachine, with an emphasis on the common stumbling blocks encountered by new users Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Chris Wanstrath (GitHub)
Average rating: ***..
(3.96, 72 ratings)
Redis is fast. Rails is good. Resque is cheap. It's a match made in heaven. Learn how to use Resque with Rails, how GitHub processes background jobs, and why Redis makes it blissful. We'll compare Resque to other solutions, discuss design patterns, and review the plugins that add infrastructure. Read more.
General
Location: Room 309- 310
John Athayde (LivingSocial)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 102 ratings)
Views are still the wild west of the web application area. A sea of DIV after DIV with tables tossed in for non-tabular data creates a sea of messy code that hurts the product both in performance and bandwidth. We'll look at the common pitfalls of view code, how to refactor that code into lean, semantic HTML, CSS and presnters that is not only pretty, but also correct and proper. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Flip Sasser (Intridea, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.24, 46 ratings)
With such a vibrant and emerging economy of new persistence options for web applications it can be diffcult to know when and how to use them in your applications. Worse yet, you don't want to lose mountains of existing infrastructure and support for RDBMS systems in Rails. What's a developer to do? Blend it! Learn new techniques for using multiple persistence engines in a single application. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Sarah Mei (Ministry of Velocity)
Average rating: **...
(2.56, 34 ratings)
SQL databases are awesome at certain problems. But most Rails apps encounter data challenges that make traditional databases look seriously puny. So...is SQL over? In this talk, we'll dig into the guts of the relational model, look at the problems SQL doesn't solve well, and - crucially - understand why. Then we'll answer the million-dollar question: is NoSQL the only alternative? Read more.
General
Location: Room 307 - 308
Jesse Newland (GitHub)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 20 ratings)
In order to ensure continuous application availability without dealing with antiquated monitoring tools a Rails developer should be able to assert the correct behavior of a production application from the outside in using familiar tools to protect revenue. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom I - II
Derek Sivers (CD Baby)
Average rating: ***..
(3.77, 61 ratings)
Keynote by Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom I - II
Robert Martin (Object Mentor Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 102 ratings)
Up till now, computer hardware technology has been advancing by orders of magnitude every year; has software technology been keeping up? Now that headlong advance of hardware shows signs of slowing. Moore's law may be dead. Does that mean that software technology will have to pick up the slack? Can it? Is Ruby/Rails a hint of the future solution? If not, what is? Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Average rating: ****.
(4.35, 52 ratings)
From friend suggestions in Facebook to product recommendations on Amazon the industry is moving to more intelligent systems. We'll discuss how to discover the relationships in your app and start personalizing the experience of your users. We'll discuss different design approaches to recommendations and how to leverage various libraries in novel ways in your rails application. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom IV
Tony Pitale (LivingSocial)
Average rating: **...
(2.91, 33 ratings)
User behavior tracking can be difficult. If done properly, it can be invaluable in helping to shape the evolution of your product. Done poorly, and it can lead to expensive mistakes. Learn the tools and techniques that will help you make the right choices. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom I
Adam Keys (Gowalla)
Average rating: ***..
(3.48, 67 ratings)
ActiveRelation and ActiveModel bring a lot of interesting features to Rails 3. These new libraries make it easier to write complex queries and to extend Rails to work with non-ActiveRecord objects. Learn to use ActiveRelation and ActiveModel to clean up your code. See how you can use ARel and AMo to build your own data layer or to connect to new datastores. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom III
Ian McFarland (Pivotal Labs, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.59, 37 ratings)
In this presentation we'll share our insights into how to develop agile, robust, industrial strength code reliably and repeatably, through the application of our own flavor of XP-style agile development. We've been doing Agile for over 10 years, and Rails for over 4. We've delivered over 80 Rails apps to customers, and have learned a thing or two about how to do that sustainably and well. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom IV
Jonathan Palley (Idapted Ltd.), Lei Guo (Idapted Ltd)
Average rating: ****.
(4.04, 70 ratings)
This talk shares the experience, process and best practices of splitting a single monolithic rails application into many smaller independently-developable but integrated system of applications. The result is lower development time, greater stability and scalability and higher developer productivity. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Ballroom I - II
Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerMedia)
Average rating: ****.
(4.65, 60 ratings)
Keynote by Gary Vaynerchuk. Read more.
co-presented by Ruby Central, Inc. O'Reilly
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  • Heroku
  • 8th Light
  • Blue Box Group
  • InfoEther
  • JetBrains
  • New Relic
  • Open Hosting
  • Rhomobile
  • WyeWorks
  • Linux Pro Magazine
  • Chargify

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