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Tutorial
Location: Ballroom I
Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs), Nathaniel Bibler (Envy Labs), Thomas Meeks (Envy Labs), Jacob Swanner (Envy Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.59, 108 ratings)
For this ropes course, members of the Envy Labs team will march you through the core concepts of Rails 3 while taking you through the development of a new Rails application. At the end of this course you will come away with a better understanding what’s new in Rails 3, and equally as important, what has changed since Rails 2. Read more.
Tutorial
Location: Ballroom I
Jeremy McAnally (Arcturo)
Average rating: *....
(1.76, 112 ratings)
This workshop will tour through a number of advanced, in-depth topics on Rails 3. We'll look take a tour of many of the new additions to Rails 3, talk about how to exploit Rails' new focus on Rack to your advantage, dig around in the source to really understand how many of the pieces work, and take a look at how to bring some common, advanced patterns used in Rails 2.x into the world of Rails 3. Read more.
Event
Location: See BoF Schedule for Locations
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BoFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BoFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic. Read more.
Location: Room 307 - 308
Moderated by: George Feil
ActiveResource is a powerful but often misunderstood and underutilized resource for accessing web services and resources remotely. Share your favorite extensions and tricks for making external resource access as simple and elegant as your local resources. Read more.
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 I
Moderated by:
Josh Owens (Four Bean Soup)
Panelists:
Joe Ferris (thoughtbot, inc), Jeremy Kemper (37signals), Marcel Molina (Twitter), Rick Olson (GitHub), Derek Willis (The New York Times)
Average rating: **...
(2.39, 139 ratings)
Ever wanted to build an API with Rails? Feel daunted? Google doesn't help much? Come talk to the developers of some of the biggest APIs built in Rails. Developers from Twitter, Github, ThoughtBot, NY Times, and 37signals will talk about the decisions and challenges they have faced in building their APIs. Topics will include; Authentication, Formats, Scaling, Security, Versioning, & Communication. Read more.
Products and Services
Location: Room 301 - 302
Adam Blum (Rhomobile)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 10 ratings)
In this session, attendees will learn how to build native applications for all leading smartphones using Rhodes, the only Ruby-based smartphone app framework. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Paul Campbell (Hyper Tiny)
Average rating: ***..
(3.61, 54 ratings)
In this session I'll share my experience, tips and tricks I've learned, and stories I've come across while building Rails apps for clients and myself. 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: Ballroom I
André Arko (Plex)
Average rating: ***..
(3.45, 40 ratings)
Why Bundler exists, what it can do, and how to manage your project's dependencies with it, whether your project is a pure ruby library, a tiny Sinatra app, or a giant Rails app. 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: 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 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: Ballroom I
Vic Fryzel (Google, Inc.), Steven Bazyl (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.52, 21 ratings)
There is so much data on the cloud, but finding the best way to access it can be a challenge. This talk will discuss the options to securely access Google Data APIs and provide a Federated Login for Google Apps and Google Account Users. We'll also provide you with an overview of OpenID and related protocols. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Evan Phoenix (Engine Yard), Charles Nutter (Engine Yard, Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.82, 67 ratings)
Back by popular demand, Evan and Charlie are going to talk about all those nooks and crannies of Ruby you never knew existed. Focused mainly on traps to avoid, they'll discuss a number of features in Ruby 1.8 and 1.9 and how they actually work, including all the gory details. As a special bonus offer, the duo will briefly discuss performance related pitfalls and how they can be avoided. 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.
Event
Location: Ballroom I - II
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 36 ratings)
We'll be handing out several trophies to people we believe to be Ruby Heroes, and giving them the round of applause they deserve and might not get otherwise. Read more.
Event
Location: See BoF Schedule for Locations
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 15 ratings)
Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BoFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BoFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic. Read more.
Location: Room 307 - 308
Moderated by: Raimonds Simanovskis
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Come to discuss latest updates about using Rails with Oracle database - ActiveRecord and DataMapper Oracle adapters, using and testing PL/SQL procedures from Ruby, as well as hear first experience of using Rails 3 on Oracle. 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: 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 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: 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: Room 309- 310
Jess Martin (Relevance, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.39, 31 ratings)
You're a developer. You write code. But your users don't see your code. They only see the user interface. We're going to have a conversation about how to think through your product's user interface. We'll focus on a few analytical techniques you can use to analyze your user interface and to communicate with a designer. Read more.
General
Location: Room 307 - 308
James Golick (Protose Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 45 ratings)
Hype is everywhere. Whether it's the latest NoSQL db that's going to magically scale your app, or the newest best practice that's going to prevent you from writing bad code. As early adopters, we've tried a lot of this stuff. We've even put it in to production under real load. In this talk, I'll tell you what worked and what didn't. There are no sacred cows - not even rails. 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: Room 309- 310
Fabio Akita (Prodigus Consulting)
Average rating: ****.
(4.10, 20 ratings)
Mapping CRUD operations to friendly URLs is hardly the end of the story around Restful. We came a long way since Roy Fielding seminal dissertation on REST. Inspired by Jim Webber, Savas Parastatidis and Ian Robinson upcoming book on REST, Hypermedia and HATEOAS (Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State), we came down to the "Restfulie" gem. 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.
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.
Event
Location: Ballroom I - II
Ron Evans (The Hybrid Group)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 10 ratings)
Bring an instrument (or your voice) and let’s make music! 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 IV
Blythe Dunham (Spongecell)
Average rating: *....
(1.59, 39 ratings)
Web site metrics are a must have as they provide valuable business insight. This discussion describes how to best leverage 3rd party tools such as google, and when, how, and what to track within your own rails application. 2 large rails implementations are presented as case studies: * Tracking over 2.5 mil hits/hr via nginx logs * Leveraging Mongodb in the clouds to store iphone request info 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 III
Alberto Morales (OPNET Technologies, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 12 ratings)
In today's challenging economic environment, being nimble is key. Enterprises large and small are busy adapting their business models to match the environment. More and more, IT is being asked to help with this transformation. Fortunately, over the past few years, movements like open source, social networking and virtualization have given IT powerful tools to help with the transformation. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom III
Sarah Allen (Mightyverse)
Average rating: ***..
(3.09, 34 ratings)
Search is a common feature on every website, but there isn't a single common solution, nor are there easy, comparable datapoints between the options. As a Rails developer, how do you choose the right solution? This talk will review Solr/Lucene, Sphinx and Postgres' new search features, then discuss which solutions are appropriate for which problems. 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 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.
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