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Tutorial
Location: Ballroom II
Clinton N. Dreisbach (Relevance, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.58, 31 ratings)
Smart developers have been using Ruby on Rails to rapidly build web applications for over 5 years now. Cutting-edge projects have aged into old, moldy, legacy apps. Rails 3 and Ruby 1.9 offer performance improvements and new features that are guaranteed to take the squeak out of that old wheel and grease the tracks of new development. Read more.
Tutorial
Location: Ballroom III
Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs), Andrew Smith (Envy Labs), Thomas Meeks (Envy Labs), Dray Lacy (Envy Labs), Christopher Green (Envy Labs), Mark Kendall (Envy Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.46, 63 ratings)
Although Rails contains many web framework best practices, there are still plenty of ways to create horrible code. Fortunately, as the community has matured many new techniques have been discovered which can help keep Rails apps maintainable. In this 5 part lab we will walk through the most common of these best practices and get some hands on experience refactoring Rails. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Jeff Casimir (Jumpstart Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.48, 82 ratings)
"Fat Models, Skinny Controllers" they scream. Pushing your logic down to the model layer is a key step to improve testability, maintainability, and code quality. But many developers now have "junk drawer" models that don't realize these goals. Having a fat model isn't enough! Come learn techniques to refactor your models and make them beautiful. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Michael Feathers (Obtiva, Working Effectively with Legacy Code), Corey Haines (Corey Haines)
Average rating: ***..
(3.16, 25 ratings)
Learn more about how you can spot development trends in your version control history and use that information to guide your choices going forward. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Mikel Lindsaar (RubyX)
Average rating: ***..
(3.74, 69 ratings)
It's not what you code, it's how you code it. In this talk, I'll take you through real world examples of code drawn from the 40+ production Rails applications we have developed and maintained during the last 12 months and highlight anti patterns and examples of technical code debt in them. You do what you can do to avoid these, making your future lives simpler. Your future you will thank you... Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Avdi Grimm (ShipRise LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.02, 62 ratings)
Are your methods timid? Do they constantly second-guess themselves, checking for nil values, errors, and unexpected input? Learn how to write code in a straightforward, confident style that is more testable, easier to read, and easier to debug. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom III
Eric Redmond (Basho)
Average rating: ****.
(4.16, 19 ratings)
You must choose, but choose wisely. The database world is larger than SQL v noSQL, and growing by the month. Choosing a data storage engine is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be painful if you know the landscape. If your understanding of data storage tops out at "Mongo is webscale" or "mysql + memcached = win" then this talk is for you. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom IV
CJ Kihlbom (Elabs), Jonas Nicklas (Elabs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 29 ratings)
While most Ruby developers are very familiar with testing their code, JavaScript testing is still a new frontier for many. This talk will show you how to easily write and run JavaScript integration tests with Capybara and Cucumber, and unit tests with Evergreen and Jasmine. The goal is to inspire you to get started with JavaScript testing, and point you in the right direction to go do it! Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Aman Gupta (GitHub)
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 53 ratings)
Ruby might be slow, but bad code only makes it worse. This talk will teach you how to use powerful tools to see how your code is executed, so you can understand, debug and optimize it. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Michael Bleigh (Divshot)
Average rating: ****.
(4.05, 22 ratings)
OmniAuth is a library with a mission: eliminate the headaches caused by having to authenticate through...well, anything! In "From The Ground Up" you'll learn about the motivations, inspirations, and uses of OmniAuth as well as a look at how it was built and how you can write your own custom strategies. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom I
Dan Pilone (Element 84, LLC), Jason Gilman (Element 84)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 17 ratings)
A case study in introducing Rails into a public NASA Earth Science system. Despite a broad investment in Java, we conducted a survey of modern development technologies including Flex, Django, JSF2 and Rails. We chose to move forward using Ruby on Rails with JRuby. This presentation discusses our experiences, including technical, process, and psychological, using RoR on a production system. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom III
Ryan Smith (Heroku)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 34 ratings)
A deep look into 2 common performance problems web developers face. We will consider these problems and then I will show solutions to these problems. From here we can generalize the solution into a pattern I call: The Worker Pattern. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom III
Dr. Nic Williams (Stark & Wayne)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom IV
David Calavera (GitHub)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
I'd like to move my Rails environment to JRuby, do I need to learn about war files and complex Java deployment environments? Trinidad is a Rails application server on top of Apache Tomcat that solves that question with a simple NO. In this talk we'll explore the main features of Trinidad, how to adapt it to any environment and also how to extend it to take more advantages that Tomcat offers. Read more.
General
Location: Ballroom II
Nick Quaranto (thoughtbot, inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.48, 21 ratings)
You're using RubyGems on a daily basis, but what's inside of them? How can you make your own? How can you share them with others? In this session you'll learn how to make one from the ground up to help break out your Rails application code to be more modular and maybe even help out the community too. Read more.