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Keynote by David Heinemeier Hansson, 37signals.
Keynote by Michael Feathers, Object Mentor.
We've all found ourselves in situations where we had to evaluate very quickly what the quality was of a Rails codebase. In some cases it's to evaluate an acquisition, in other cases to put an estimate on maintenance and evolution of an existing application.
My talk will describe how to smell out,in one day, hour by hour, whether there are any pain points,and where they are.
Ever wanted to build an API with Rails? Feel daunted? Google doesn't help much? Come talk to the developers of some of the biggest APIs built in Rails. Developers from Twitter, Github, ThoughtBot, NY Times, and 37signals will talk about the decisions and challenges they have faced in building their APIs. Topics will include; Authentication, Formats, Scaling, Security, Versioning, & Communication.
If you really love or hate aerodynamics, rainbow trout, the human
brain and arms, comfortable socks, and/or Easter Island then attending
this talk might be a really enjoyable or loathsome experience. Michael
may or may not talk about how seemingly random or even truly random
topics are important or unimportant for the fertile minds of creative
As Rails becomes more mainstream, businesses are now taking a second look at Rails for their e-commerce needs. Join our panel of experts as we discuss a range of possible solutions. We will discuss the merits of using an existing Framework (Spree), using third party services (Shopify and Spreedly) or building your own (Gilt.)
Back by popular demand, Evan and Charlie are going to talk about all
those nooks and crannies of Ruby you never knew existed. Focused
mainly on traps to avoid, they'll discuss a number of features in Ruby
1.8 and 1.9 and how they actually work, including all the gory
details. As a special bonus offer, the duo will briefly discuss
performance related pitfalls and how they can be avoided.
There is so much data on the cloud, but finding the best way to access
it can be a challenge. This talk will discuss the options to securely
access Google Data APIs and provide a Federated Login for Google Apps
and Google Account Users. We'll also provide you with an overview of
OpenID and related protocols.
Most people think that freedom engenders creativity, but the opposite is true. But too much constraint makes it hard to get stuff done. It turns out that you need just enough constraint, and figuring out what gives you that perfect level is harder than you think. This keynote investigates the relationship between creativity and constraint as it applies to software development in the modern world.
Engine Yard was founded to help deploy, manage and scale Ruby and Rails applications. We built our company with a focus on supporting and cultivating the Ruby and Rails community and ecosystem. Join us as we walk through some open source work we've dedicated our time to, including Rails, Ruby, Rubinius and JRuby. We'll also discuss community efforts we're excited to be involved with.
We all know that Rails is made of Tasty Burgers, but what are those Tasty
Burgers made from? We're going to take a look inside the bun to discover
what makes up Rails, how the software gets to our plate, and how we can
improve it. We'll discuss some of the lower level libraries used to make up
Rails, and what makes them tick. Better Ingredients, Better Burgers.
Redis is fast. Rails is good. Resque is cheap. It's a match made in heaven.
Learn how to use Resque with Rails, how GitHub processes background jobs, and why Redis makes it blissful.
We'll compare Resque to other solutions, discuss design patterns, and review the plugins that add infrastructure.
Views are still the wild west of the web application area. A sea of DIV after DIV with tables tossed in for non-tabular data creates a sea of messy code that hurts the product both in performance and bandwidth. We'll look at the common pitfalls of view code, how to refactor that code into lean, semantic HTML, CSS and presnters that is not only pretty, but also correct and proper.
You're a developer. You write code. But your users don't see your
code. They only see the user interface. We're going to have a
conversation about how to think through your product's user interface.
We'll focus on a few analytical techniques you can use to analyze your
user interface and to communicate with a designer.
SQL databases are awesome at certain problems. But most Rails apps encounter data challenges that make traditional databases look seriously puny. So...is SQL over? In this talk, we'll dig into the guts of the relational model, look at the problems SQL doesn't solve well, and - crucially - understand why. Then we'll answer the million-dollar question: is NoSQL the only alternative?
Keynote by Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby.
Up till now, computer hardware technology has been advancing by orders of magnitude every year; has software technology been keeping up? Now that headlong advance of hardware shows signs of slowing. Moore's law may be dead. Does that mean that software technology will have to pick up the slack? Can it? Is Ruby/Rails a hint of the future solution? If not, what is?
From friend suggestions in Facebook to product recommendations on Amazon the industry is moving to more intelligent systems. We'll discuss how to discover the relationships in your app and start personalizing the experience of your users. We'll discuss different design approaches to recommendations and how to leverage various libraries in novel ways in your rails application.
User behavior tracking can be difficult. If done properly, it can be invaluable in helping to shape the evolution of your product. Done poorly, and it can lead to expensive mistakes. Learn the tools and techniques that will help you make the right choices.
In this presentation we'll share our insights into how to develop agile, robust, industrial strength code reliably and repeatably, through the application of our own flavor of XP-style agile development. We've been doing Agile for over 10 years, and Rails for over 4. We've delivered over 80 Rails apps to customers, and have learned a thing or two about how to do that sustainably and well.