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 Waxing Ballroom Floors on the Titanic (and Other Less Seaworthy Vessels) to your personal schedule
10:45am Waxing Ballroom Floors on the Titanic (and Other Less Seaworthy Vessels) Rick Bradley (OG Consulting), Yossef Mendelssohn (OG Consulting), Kevin Barnes (OG Consulting)
Add Everyday DTrace on OSX:  A Guide to Using DTrace for Your Full Application Stack to your personal schedule
11:45am Everyday DTrace on OSX: A Guide to Using DTrace for Your Full Application Stack Scott Barron (EdgeCase), Chad Humphries (Relevance, Inc.)
Add Building an App in 48 Hours - A Rails Rumble Case Study to your personal schedule
1:50pm Building an App in 48 Hours - A Rails Rumble Case Study Josh Owens (Four Bean Soup), Chris Selmer (Intridea, Inc.)
Portland Ballroom 252
Add Scaling Ruby from the Inside Out to your personal schedule
10:45am Scaling Ruby from the Inside Out Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard)
Add Genomes on Rails to your personal schedule
11:45am Genomes on Rails Matt Wood (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
Portland Ballroom 255
Add CS Nerds Anonymous to your personal schedule
9:00am CS Nerds Anonymous Evan Phoenix (Engine Yard)
Add De-Railing: Smashing the Rails Stack to your personal schedule
10:45am De-Railing: Smashing the Rails Stack Aaron Bedra (Relevance, Inc.)
Add Oh the Fail I've Known to your personal schedule
11:45am Oh the Fail I've Known Adam Keys (Gowalla)
E145 - E146
Add "Design Patterns" in Ruby to your personal schedule
9:00am "Design Patterns" in Ruby Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Add Advanced Mongrel: Handlers and Plugins to your personal schedule
10:45am Advanced Mongrel: Handlers and Plugins James Lindenbaum (Heroku)
Add Lightning Talks to your personal schedule
11:45am Lightning Talks
Add ActiveRecord Associations and the Proxy Pattern to your personal schedule
1:50pm ActiveRecord Associations and the Proxy Pattern Nick Kallen (Pivotal Labs)
Add Rails Core Panel to your personal schedule
2:45pm Keynote
Room: Portland Ballroom
Rails Core Panel David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals), Jeremy Kemper (37signals), Michael Koziarski (Koziarski Software Limited), Rick Olson (GitHub)
D135-136
Add 10 Things I Hate About Web Apps to your personal schedule
9:00am 10 Things I Hate About Web Apps Micah Martin (8th Light, Inc.)
Add Dispelling the Myths About Rails Performance to your personal schedule
10:45am Dispelling the Myths About Rails Performance Lewis Cirne (New Relic, Inc.)
Add Payments on Rails to your personal schedule
11:45am Payments on Rails Emil Marceta (E-Xact Transactions)
Add "Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD? to your personal schedule
1:50pm "Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD? Andrea O.K. Wright (Chariot Solutions)
8:00am Breakfast
Room: Exhibit Hall E
12:35pm Lunch
Room: Exhibit Hall E
D138-139
Add One Year of Scaling Rails on Amazon EC2 to your personal schedule
11:45am One Year of Scaling Rails on Amazon EC2 Thorsten von Eicken (RightScale, Inc)
Add The Profitable Programmer: Creating Successful Side Projects to your personal schedule
1:50pm 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 Yoga on Rails (Sunday), sponsored by Intridea to your personal schedule
7:00am Event
Room: Outside Exhibit Hall E
Yoga on Rails (Sunday), sponsored by Intridea
10:15am AM Break
Room: Portland Ballroom Lobby
3:35pm Closing Reception
Room: Portland Ballroom Lobby
9:00am-10:00am (1h) General
mod_rails: Easy and Robust Deployment of Your Ruby on Rails Applications on Apache Webservers
Hongli Lai (Phusion), Ninh Bui (Phusion)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) General
Waxing Ballroom Floors on the Titanic (and Other Less Seaworthy Vessels)
Rick Bradley (OG Consulting), Yossef Mendelssohn (OG Consulting), Kevin Barnes (OG Consulting)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
Everyday DTrace on OSX: A Guide to Using DTrace for Your Full Application Stack
Scott Barron (EdgeCase), Chad Humphries (Relevance, Inc.)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
Building an App in 48 Hours - A Rails Rumble Case Study
Josh Owens (Four Bean Soup), Chris Selmer (Intridea, Inc.)
9:00am-10:00am (1h) General
The Worst Rails Code You've Ever Seen (And How Not to Write It Yourself)
Obie Fernandez (InfoQ)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) General
Scaling Ruby from the Inside Out
Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
Genomes on Rails
Matt Wood (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
Advanced Active Record Techniques: Best Practice Refactoring
Chad Pytel (thoughtbot, inc.)
9:00am-10:00am (1h) General
CS Nerds Anonymous
Evan Phoenix (Engine Yard)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) General
De-Railing: Smashing the Rails Stack
Aaron Bedra (Relevance, Inc.)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
Oh the Fail I've Known
Adam Keys (Gowalla)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
Open Discussion with JRuby Developers and Users
9:00am-10:00am (1h) General
"Design Patterns" in Ruby
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) General
Advanced Mongrel: Handlers and Plugins
James Lindenbaum (Heroku)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) General
Lightning Talks
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
ActiveRecord Associations and the Proxy Pattern
Nick Kallen (Pivotal Labs)
2:45pm-3:35pm (50m) Keynote
Rails Core Panel
David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals), Jeremy Kemper (37signals), Michael Koziarski (Koziarski Software Limited), Rick Olson (GitHub)
9:00am-10:00am (1h) General
10 Things I Hate About Web Apps
Micah Martin (8th Light, Inc.)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) Products and Services
Dispelling the Myths About Rails Performance
Lewis Cirne (New Relic, Inc.)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) Products and Services
Payments on Rails
Emil Marceta (E-Xact Transactions)
1:50pm-2:40pm (50m) General
"Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD?
Andrea O.K. Wright (Chariot Solutions)
8:00am-9:00am (1h)
Break: Breakfast
12:35pm-1:50pm (1h 15m)
Break: Lunch
9:00am-10:00am (1h) General
CRUD Doesn't Have an 'S' in It: Managing Complex Searching in Rails
Stephen Midgley (Hutz.com)
10:45am-11:35am (50m) Products and Services
Building Applications Using the Ruby Enterprise Stack (RubyES)
Denis Lussier (EnterpriseDB)
11:45am-12:35pm (50m) Products and Services
One Year of Scaling Rails on Amazon EC2
Thorsten von Eicken (RightScale, Inc)
1:50pm-2:40pm (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)
7:00am-7:45am (45m) Event
Yoga on Rails (Sunday), sponsored by Intridea
10:15am-10:45am (30m)
Break: AM Break
3:35pm-4:15pm (40m)
Break: Closing Reception
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

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Program Ideas

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