The Even-Darker Art of Rails Engines
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10 Audience level:
When I started talking about the idea of ‘Rails Engines’ a few years ago, everyone thought I was crazy. Some people said it was stupid, or just plain evil. Despite that, the ability to write simple yet powerful plugins is baked into the core of Rails 2.3.
But heed the words of Uncle Ben: “With great power, comes great responsibility!”
In this session, we’ll discuss how to best take advantage of ‘engines’, in which situations engine plugins are appropriate and those where they aren’t, and how to avoid some of the common issues that can arrive when developing with engine-style plugins.
When we’re done, you’ll be in the best position to take advantage of this newly-sanctified functionality in your own projects.
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James has been developing using Ruby since 2001. He is one of the primary instigators of the London Ruby User Group, and has presented to Ruby and Rails developers in Vancouver, London, Santa Clara and Portland.
Most recently, he organised a new kind of conference – Ruby Manor – demonstrating the potential and passion of the UK Ruby community.
He pretends not to have a blog at interblah.net.
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