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# Why RailsInstaller? Didn't Rails Win Already?

Dr. Nic Williams (Stark & Wayne)
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The path to becoming a “Top Gun” of Ruby on Rails starts with first being interested in airplanes, flying really fast, and making smart-assed jokes like “There’s two Os in ‘Goose’, boys.” The achievements and glory seem to only if you come first, “No points for second place.”

At the end of Top Gun, Maverick gets the girl and becomes a Top Gun instructor. Time to teach. Time to share the wisdom. Time to create more fighter pilots.

That’s where we are now with Rails community. We have thousands of Top Gun Rails developers, but we need another 100,000 or 1,000,000 amateur pilots. We need to continue to bring developers and designers into the Ruby on Rails community.

RailsInstaller started as a mission to help Windows developers get started in Rails. It’s now much bigger. Can we get Ruby on Rails onto every developer’s machine?

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Dr. Nic Williams

Stark & Wayne

Dr Nic has written, maintained and contributed to over a 100 open source projects, across the languages/domains of Ruby, JavaScript, Objective-C and TextMate bundles. He is VP Technology at Engine Yard and is responsible for its large Open Source program.

Dr Nic has been presenting at International Conferences since 2007,
including RailsConf, RubyConf, RailsConf Europe, QCON, JAOO, RubyEnRails,
Rails Underground, Rails Summit Latin America, RubyConf Europe, RubyFools,
OSDC, and RailsCamp.

He is Australian and thinks he is funny.