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RailsConf 2011 Birds of a Feather Networking Sessions

Call closes 05/11/2011 EDT.

See a list of already scheduled Birds of a Feather Sessions

What is a BoF?

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.

BoFs at Rails will happen on the following evenings:

  • Tuesday, May 17
  • Wednesday, May 18

How do I lead a BoF?

Sign up online in advance or check the BoF schedule board onsite at the Baltimore Convention Center and sign up in any open slot. If you sign up online in advance, you will receive an email confirming the time of your BoF as soon as it is approved.

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BoF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may request services from Good Company Communications by completing the Audio Visual Order form (PDF) and sending the form to Good Company Communications.

How do I participate in a BoF?

If you would like to join the discussion in one of the BoFs, there is no need to formally sign up. You can check the list of pre-scheduled BoFs online (when the event gets closer), or check the BoF schedule board onsite at the Baltimore Convention Center for topics and locations.

Scheduled Birds of a Feather Sessions

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Location: Ballroom III
Moderated by: Raimonds Simanovskis
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 experience of using Rails 3 on Oracle. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom IV
Moderated by: Andreas Ronge and Andreas Kollegger
A graph database is a great alternative when you need to navigate relationship deep or fast. Also, it does not have the impedance mismatch problem of an SQL database. In Neo4j it’s very natural to map objects and classes to a graph. This permits you to model the domain more accurately and provide more useful interaction with the data. Read more.
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Location: Room 345
Moderated by: Courtney Wade
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Let's get together for an informal meet-up to discuss how we're using Rails, or how we could use Rails, in higher education. The focus will be from an academic computing perspective - developing web applications to support teaching, research, and administrative systems - but other perspectives are also welcome. Read more.
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Location: Table One
The plan is to give a brief description of the Gem and how it takes advantages of Index Tank. The intention is to have more people using this Gem as the canonical Gem for the service. I created this gem and released into the wild and has got some followers already. Index tank is actually very supportive of the development efforts. https://github.com/kidpollo/tanker Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III
Moderated by: Jim Gay
Find out about the future of Radiant CMS: what features will be there, how will it be different from what we have now. We'll discuss questions like: what does the impending 1.0 release mean and what will Rails 3 and 3.1 bring? Read more.
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Location: Ballroom IV
Moderated by: PatientsLikeMe Engineering Team
Informal discussion on the unique difficulties in building web applications for Healthcare. Topics could include modeling the complex world of medicine, patient privacy issues, UX challenges, etc. Read more.
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Location: Room 345
Moderated by: Winfield Peterson
Better software and tools are bridging the gap between software developers and sysadmins. This sessions brings together people straddling that gap to share advice, tools, and tricks. Read more.
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Location: Table One
Moderated by: Scott Bellware
Just as Agile emerged to address mindset problems with methodologies of the late–90s, ten years later, Agile shows the same symptoms of the methodologies that it sought to challenge. Lessons–learned in a decade of Agile point to the evolution of the next generation of approaches. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom IV
Moderated by: Daniel Azuma
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Community discussion on the state of Ruby/Rails geospatial tools (e.g. spatial databases, data analysis, mapping and visualization, API integration, documentation, and so forth) and how we can make Rails a world-class platform for developing geospatial applications. Meet other Geo-Rails gurus and contribute to this important trend. Read more.
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Location: Room 345
Moderated by: Matt Jones
Hobo is a set of Rails extensions with a singular goal: write less code. Come learn more and meet fellow Hobo developers. Read more.
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Location: Table One
Moderated by: Chris Eppstein
You've heard about Sass but you've never really used it before. In this BoF session you will learn how to set up your rails project and get started with sass. You will learn the basic sass syntax. Led by Chris Eppstein, a Sass core team member. Read more.
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Location: Table Two
Moderated by: Amy Newell & other PatientsLikeMe staff
Are you working on an old and big rails app that you need to decompose before it starts to decompose itself and turns into a smelly pile of goo? Not sure how to do it? ( Neither are we.) Or have you already been there and solved those problems? Let's talk! Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III
Moderated by: Winfield Peterson
Birds of a Feather group for technical leadership - engineers who both write code and help lead their team. Managing time, mentoring, development methodologies, and setting technical direction. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom IV
Moderated by: Noel Rappin
A BoF for anybody who wants to get better at their TDD or BDD. We'll discuss obstacles keeping you from testing more, and how other people may have resolved them. Read more.
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Location: Room 345
Moderated by: Yehuda Katz and Greg Moeck
Interested in talking about using Sproutcore with Rails? Have you used Sproutcore in an application? Want to learn more? Come on out to learn and talk about what we've been doing to easily integrate Sproutcore with Rails, and make it easy to build rich client applications. There also will be an announcement that is worth being there for. Read more.
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Location: Table One
Moderated by: Chris Eppstein
If you've been using Sass & Compass for a while now, come to this Session to see the newest features in Sass and Compass, ask questions, and share from your experiences. Read more.