The State of Rails E-Commerce
Location: Ballroom II Audience level: Novice
Rails e-commerce has come a long ways in the past few years. You now
have several viable options when starting an e-commerce project using
Rails. Join this panel of e-commerce experts to discuss the present
day e-commerce landscape in Rails. You can expect a lively debate
amongst the panel since each of them advocate a completely different
approach. Should you build your own? Use an existing framework? Use
and existing service? Or maybe you should use something other than
Ruby? Audience members are asked to refrain from throwing objects at
our token Java advocate while he is speaking.
Sean is the CEO of Rails Dog LLC and creator of the Spree open source e-commerce framework for Ruby on Rails. He has been actively involved in open source Rails projects for several years now. Prior to discovering Rails, Sean worked for over ten years programming in Java. He is also a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a former contributor to several Java based projects including Struts.
Michael Bryzek is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Gilt Groupe. He is intensely focused on developing user focused internet software and has a deep passion for scaling high traffic, transactional applications. Prior to Gilt Groupe, Michael founded Volunteer Solutions, an internet application service provider for the philanthropic sector acquired by United Way of America in 2001.
Michael earned his Masters degree in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cody is currently CTO of Ottawa based Shopify, the best e-commerce solution on the web. He is responsible for ensuring that Shopify is a robust, world-class platform for over 6,000 online businesses.
He is the lead author of Rails 3 in a Nutshell, and contributed to Advanced Rails Recipes. He also wrote RJS Templates for Rails and the PeepCode ActiveMerchant PDF. Cody enjoys participating in Open Source projects and is the sole maintainer of ActiveMerchant, the most popular payment processing library for Ruby.
Nathaniel Talbott co-founded Spreedly in 2007 after being involved with Ruby and Rails since 2001. Spreedly takes the pain of subscription billing and makes it as simple as a weekend project. As someone who also does consulting work via Terralien, including recently building a completely custom subscription billing system for a client, he’s well acquainted with the build vs. buy question and its ramifications.
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