23 Hacks, or, How Writing a Z80 Assembler Can Make You 10x as Productive in Rails
Location: Portland Ballroom 255 Audience level: Intermediate
This talk is all about classic hacking: whipping up some code just because you can, because you “need” it, because you want to explore something new and shiny. We’re going to talk about some specific hacks, talk about how to hack, and talk about why your boss, clients, and even your significant other should love it when you hack.
A focus on “productivity” can actually become counter-productive, as we get waylaid by getting stuff done and forget how to enjoy tinkering, puttering, and generally hacking around. This presentation will be a call to inaction, an encouragement to goof off, a plea to stop being so focused, and a justification of all of the above. It will also be a very practical tutorial on how to keep a healthy level of slack in your development life, and an exploration of a few avenues down which your hacking could go.
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Nathaniel Talbott is President and Chief Bottle Washer at Terralien, Inc., a one-man, multi-person design and development consultancy that specializes in Ruby, Rails and helping people starting things. He’s been doing Ruby since 2000 and Rails since 2004, and loves to talk about how much fun he gets to have with Ruby.