JRuby on Rails in Practice

Location: Portland Ballroom 255 Level: Intermediate
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The last year ThoughtWorks has had a great track record using JRuby on Rails. Several open source projects using JRuby have cropped up, and JRuby has also been used to deliver critical functionality to several projects, including Oracle Mix and Mingle. We also have several other projects, some completed and some still in development.

This session will first talk about the reasons that ThoughtWorks believes that JRuby is really important. After that is out of the way, the presentation will detail some of the things to keep in mind if you’re considering JRuby for your projects. JRuby can potentially give you many advantages, but there are also a few pitfalls to be aware of.

As all new technologies, existing case studies will help others to make better decisions – this presentation will show both sides of the coin from the perspective of a software development firm like TthoughtWorks.

If you’re interested in what kind of domains JRuby is currently seeing usage, you will get lots of information about that here.

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Ola Bini


Ola Bini is a Swedish developer currently working for ThoughtWorks in London, United Kingdom. He has been one of the core developers for JRuby since 2006 and is the author of APress book Practical JRuby on Rails. He has much experience with Java, Ruby and LISP. He has been involved with several other open source projects but JRuby takes most of his time.

He has been known to like implementing languages, writing regular expression engines, YAML parsers and other similar things that exist at the border computer science.

Ola has presented at numerous conferences including The Server Side Java Symposium – Europe, RailsConf Europe, JavaPolis and

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