Rails Best Practices

Location: D139/140
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)

Attendee prerequisites for this tutorial are listed below.

If you’ve built at least one Rails application, you should do fine in this talk. Attendees will get hands on experience implementing some of the core Rails Best Practices using the interactive Rails for Zombies code engine.

There will be 5 labs, and about 75% of the lab will be spent coding in the browser.


Thank you for registering for Rails Best Practices! All you’ll need to attend the course is a working laptop with wifi, and a browser which isn’t Internet Explorer (also your iPad won’t be good enough, sorry). The content for this tutorial will be the same as our Best Practices Course over on http://www.CodeSchool.com, except in this case WE’RE DOING IT LIVE, and we’ll probably cover some additional material. You don’t need to buy the Rails Best Practices course on Code School beforehand, we’ll hook you up to the system when you get in.

QUESTIONS for the speaker?: Use the “Leave a Comment or Question” section at the bottom to address them.

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Gregg Pollack

Open SourceCraft

Gregg Pollack is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about teaching software development online. Most recently he is the host of Open SourceCraft, a show about the people who are passionate about Open Source Software. He also founded Code School, an online software programming school which was acquired by Pluralsight, Envy, a web application development firm, and Starter Studio, Orlando’s first technical accelerator now in it’s seventh class. He is on the advisory board for the FireSpring Fund, Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Canvs Co-working space, and the Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship.

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Eric Allam

Envy Labs

Eric is a Ruby developer but can sometimes get distracted by shiny things, like node.js or Cocoa Touch. He is excited by finding pragmatic solutions to hard problems, and turning those problems into compelling products. Catch him in a coffee shop and he would be just as willing to engage in a discussion of literature as he would the benefits of TDD.

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Carlos Souza

Code School

Carlos Souza teaches web technologies at Code School. When not making loud noises on his mechanical keyboard, he can be found rock climbing or playing guitar.

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Tyler Hunt

Envy Labs

Tyler is a veteran web developer with a penchant for the Ruby language and frameworks including Ruby on Rails and Merb. He enjoys creating practical, intuitive interfaces with semantic markup, well-crafted JavaScript, and pretty colors. When he’s not coding, you’ll find him in the kitchen cooking up new recipes and mixing classic cocktails.

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Jason VanLue

Envy Labs

Jason is a designer, husband, and father. He leads Envy Labs, a leading web development firm in Orlando, FL, making things like Code School. He’s led design and branding initiatives for Google, O’Reilly, GitHub, Cisco, and 12South. He’s the author of Branding Matters, the book on branding for small business, and Three Pipe Problems, a hand-crafted book about how design solves problems. He lives in Orlando with his wife and three children. He likes bourbon. And wine. And short sentences.

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Nick Walsh

Envy Labs

Nick is a Rails convert-in-training and WordPress aficionado. He splits time between design and front-end development, ensuring a successful bridge to functionality. Pixels and proportions are his leading causes of lost sleep, followed closely by Dr. Pepper intake.

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Andy Lim
07/26/2011 1:58am PDT

This was one of the best tutorials I have attended in the past 3 years of coming to OSCON. The tutorial format, platform, and presenter were great!

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Fred Willerup
07/25/2011 3:04pm PDT

Gregg is a great presenter with the best tech slides I have ever seen. I also really liked the hands-on bits on their online awesome training system. Only four stars because many of the best practices discussed seem a bit “tactical”.

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Shirley Bailes
07/20/2011 11:29am PDT

@Dan: the prerequisites are listed at the top of this page.

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Daniel Bernier
07/20/2011 9:41am PDT

Hey everyone, I signed up for this a bit late – are there any prerequisites I should know about? any preparation?