Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at RailsConf 2008 (schedule subject to change).

Customize Your Own Schedule

Create your own RailsConf schedule using the personal scheduler function. Mark the tutorials, sessions, keynotes, and events you want to attend at RailsConf by clicking on the star next to each listing. Then click on "personal schedule" at the top of the page and get your own customized schedule generated.

Portland Ballroom 253
Add Entrepreneurs On Rails to your personal schedule
10:45am Entrepreneurs On Rails Dan Benjamin (Rails Machine)
Add Surviving the Big Rewrite: Moving YELLOWPAGES.COM to Rails to your personal schedule
11:45am Surviving the Big Rewrite: Moving YELLOWPAGES.COM to Rails John Straw (YELLOWPAGES.COM)
Add Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Modeling Systems to your personal schedule
1:50pm Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Modeling Systems Jim Weirich (Neo Innovation), Joe O'Brien (EdgeCase, LLC), Chris Nelson (Christopher Nelson Consulting)
Add Flexible Scaling: How to Handle 1 Billion Pageviews to your personal schedule
2:50pm Flexible Scaling: How to Handle 1 Billion Pageviews TJ Murphy (Mobian Design)
Add Microapps for Fun and <s>profit</s> to your personal schedule
4:25pm Microapps for Fun and <s>profit</s> Erik Kastner (Kickstarter)
Add Keynote to your personal schedule
8:00pm Plenary
Room: Portland Ballroom 253
Keynote David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals)
Portland Ballroom 252
Add IronRuby on Rails to your personal schedule
10:45am IronRuby on Rails John Lam (Microsoft), Jimmy Schementi (Microsoft)
Add 10 Things I Hate About Web Apps to your personal schedule
11:45am 10 Things I Hate About Web Apps Micah Martin (8th Light, Inc.)
Add "Design Patterns" in Ruby to your personal schedule
2:50pm "Design Patterns" in Ruby Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Add Podcasting & Screencasting in Rails to your personal schedule
4:25pm Podcasting & Screencasting in Rails Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs), Ryan Bates (Railscasts), Christopher Haupt (Webvanta Inc.), Michael Slater (BuildingWebApps.com), Geoffrey Grosenbach (Ruby on Rails Podcast), Mike Clark (The Pragmatic Studio)
Portland Ballroom 255
Add "Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD? to your personal schedule
10:45am "Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD? Andrea O.K. Wright (Chariot Solutions)
Add Hosting and the Woes to your personal schedule
11:45am Hosting and the Woes Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard), Jamie van Dyke (Fear of Fish), Tom Mornini (Engine Yard)
Add Facebook Development and Performance with Rails to your personal schedule
1:50pm Facebook Development and Performance with Rails Mike Mangino (Elevated Rails)
Add The Profitable Programmer: Creating Successful Side Projects to your personal schedule
2:50pm The Profitable Programmer: Creating Successful Side Projects Geoffrey Grosenbach (Ruby on Rails Podcast), Tom Preston-Werner (GitHub), Chris Wanstrath (Err Free), PJ Hyett (GitHub), Ben Curtis (Tesly, LLC)
Add The Launch: Dos and Don'ts of Real Life Deploys to your personal schedule
4:25pm The Launch: Dos and Don'ts of Real Life Deploys Chris Wanstrath (Err Free)
E145 - E146
10:45am TBC
Add Lightning Talks to your personal schedule
11:45am Lightning Talks
Add Faster, Better, ORM with DataMapper to your personal schedule
1:50pm Faster, Better, ORM with DataMapper Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
Add Remote Pair Programming: Impossible or So Possible? to your personal schedule
2:50pm Remote Pair Programming: Impossible or So Possible? Michael Buffington (Grasshopper Labs), Joe O'Brien (EdgeCase, LLC)
Add UI Design on Rails to your personal schedule
4:25pm UI Design on Rails Ryan Singer (37signals)
8:00am Continental Breakfast
Room: Exhibit Hall E
10:15am AM Break
Room: Exhibit Hall E
12:35pm Lunch
Room: Exhibit Hall E
3:40pm Break
Room: Exhibit Hall E
9:00am Announcements
Room: Portland Ballroom
TBC
Add Keynote to your personal schedule
9:15am Keynote
Room: Portland Ballroom
Keynote Joel Spolsky (Stack Overflow / Fog Creek )
Add Meet the Sun You Don't Know to your personal schedule
7:30pm Plenary
Room: Portland Ballroom
Meet the Sun You Don't Know Charles Nutter (Engine Yard, Inc)
Add Ruby Heroes Award Ceremony to your personal schedule
7:40pm Plenary
Room: Portland Ballroom
Ruby Heroes Award Ceremony
D135-136
Add Rails Powered by GlassFish and jMaki to your personal schedule
10:45am Rails Powered by GlassFish and jMaki Craig McClanahan (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
Add Two Web Apps, Four Daemons and a Gazillion Clients to your personal schedule
11:45am Two Web Apps, Four Daemons and a Gazillion Clients Steve Sanderson (FiveRuns), Rich Kilmer (LivingSocial), Bruce Williams (LivingSocial), Adam Keys (Gowalla), Brian Dainton (PeopleAdmin)
Add Deploy Rails Apps Faster than Brewing Coffee to your personal schedule
1:50pm Deploy Rails Apps Faster than Brewing Coffee Guy Naor (Morph Labs)
Add Rubinius - Under the Hood and Behind the Curtain to your personal schedule
2:50pm Rubinius - Under the Hood and Behind the Curtain Evan Phoenix (Engine Yard), Brian Ford (Engine Yard), Wilson Bilkovich (Engine Yard)
Add MagLev: Ruby That Scales to your personal schedule
4:25pm MagLev: Ruby That Scales Bob Walker (GemStone Systems, Inc.), Avi Bryant (Dabble DB)
Add Friday Birds of a Feather Sessions (BoFs) to your personal schedule
9:00pm Plenary
Room: D135-139, D141, E145-146
Friday Birds of a Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Add Yoga on Rails (Friday), sponsored by Intridea to your personal schedule
7:00am Event
Room: Outside Exhibit Hall E
Yoga on Rails (Friday), sponsored by Intridea
10:45am-11:35am (50m) General
Entrepreneurs On Rails
Dan Benjamin (Rails Machine)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
Surviving the Big Rewrite: Moving YELLOWPAGES.COM to Rails
John Straw (YELLOWPAGES.COM)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Modeling Systems
Jim Weirich (Neo Innovation), Joe O'Brien (EdgeCase, LLC), Chris Nelson (Christopher Nelson Consulting)
2:50pm-3:40pm (50m) General
Flexible Scaling: How to Handle 1 Billion Pageviews
TJ Murphy (Mobian Design)
4:25pm-5:15pm (50m) General
Microapps for Fun and <s>profit</s>
Erik Kastner (Kickstarter)
8:00pm-9:00pm (1h) Keynote
Keynote
David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) General
IronRuby on Rails
John Lam (Microsoft), Jimmy Schementi (Microsoft)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
10 Things I Hate About Web Apps
Micah Martin (8th Light, Inc.)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
CRUD Doesn't Have an 'S' in It: Managing Complex Searching in Rails
Stephen Midgley (Hutz.com)
2:50pm-3:40pm (50m) General
"Design Patterns" in Ruby
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
4:25pm-5:15pm (50m) General
Podcasting & Screencasting in Rails
Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs), Ryan Bates (Railscasts), Christopher Haupt (Webvanta Inc.), Michael Slater (BuildingWebApps.com), Geoffrey Grosenbach (Ruby on Rails Podcast), Mike Clark (The Pragmatic Studio)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) General
"Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD?
Andrea O.K. Wright (Chariot Solutions)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
Hosting and the Woes
Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard), Jamie van Dyke (Fear of Fish), Tom Mornini (Engine Yard)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
Facebook Development and Performance with Rails
Mike Mangino (Elevated Rails)
2:50pm-3:40pm (50m) General
The Profitable Programmer: Creating Successful Side Projects
Geoffrey Grosenbach (Ruby on Rails Podcast), Tom Preston-Werner (GitHub), Chris Wanstrath (Err Free), PJ Hyett (GitHub), Ben Curtis (Tesly, LLC)
4:25pm-5:15pm (50m) General
The Launch: Dos and Don'ts of Real Life Deploys
Chris Wanstrath (Err Free)
10:45am-11:35am (50m)
Session
To be confirmed
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
Lightning Talks
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
Faster, Better, ORM with DataMapper
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
2:50pm-3:40pm (50m) General
Remote Pair Programming: Impossible or So Possible?
Michael Buffington (Grasshopper Labs), Joe O'Brien (EdgeCase, LLC)
4:25pm-5:15pm (50m) General
UI Design on Rails
Ryan Singer (37signals)
8:00am-9:00am (1h)
Break: Continental Breakfast
10:15am-10:45am (30m)
Break: AM Break
12:35pm-1:50pm (1h 15m)
Break: Lunch
3:40pm-4:25pm (45m)
Break
9:00am-9:15am (15m)
Plenary: Announcements
To be confirmed
9:15am-10:15am (1h) Keynote
Keynote
Joel Spolsky (Stack Overflow / Fog Creek )
7:30pm-7:40pm (10m) Keynote
Meet the Sun You Don't Know
Charles Nutter (Engine Yard, Inc)
7:40pm-8:00pm (20m) Event
Ruby Heroes Award Ceremony
10:45am-11:35am (50m) Products and Services
Rails Powered by GlassFish and jMaki
Craig McClanahan (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) Products and Services
Two Web Apps, Four Daemons and a Gazillion Clients
Steve Sanderson (FiveRuns), Rich Kilmer (LivingSocial), Bruce Williams (LivingSocial), Adam Keys (Gowalla), Brian Dainton (PeopleAdmin)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) Products and Services
Deploy Rails Apps Faster than Brewing Coffee
Guy Naor (Morph Labs)
2:50pm-3:40pm (50m) Products and Services
Rubinius - Under the Hood and Behind the Curtain
Evan Phoenix (Engine Yard), Brian Ford (Engine Yard), Wilson Bilkovich (Engine Yard)
4:25pm-5:15pm (50m) Products and Services
MagLev: Ruby That Scales
Bob Walker (GemStone Systems, Inc.), Avi Bryant (Dabble DB)
9:00pm-11:00pm (2h) Event
Friday Birds of a Feather Sessions (BoFs)
7:00am-7:45am (45m) Event
Yoga on Rails (Friday), sponsored by Intridea
News and Coverage
co-presented by Ruby Central, Inc. O'Reilly
  • Engine Yard
  • Sun Microsystems
  • FiveRuns
  • GotThingsDone
  • Heroku
  • ThoughtWorks
  • Atlantic Dominion Solutions
  • Blue Box Group
  • CodeGear
  • E-xact
  • ELC Technologies
  • EnterpriseDB
  • GemStone Systems
  • Intridea
  • Morph Labs
  • RightScale
  • TechRepublic

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