Joe O'Brien

Joe O'Brien
Artisan, EdgeCase, LLC


Joe is a father, speaker, author and developer. Before helping found EdgeCase, LLC, Joe was a developer with ThoughtWorks and spent much of his time working with large J2EE and .NET systems for Fortune 500 companies. He has spent his career as a developer, project manager, and everything in between. Joe is a passionate member of the open source community. He co-founded the Columbus Ruby Brigade and helped organize the Chicago Area Ruby Users Group. His passions are Agile Development in the Enterprise, Ruby, and demonstrating to the Fortune 500 the elegance and power of this incredible language. Joe is currently working on a book for the Pragmatic Programmers on building DSL’s with Ruby.


Location: Portland Ballroom 253 Level: Novice
Jim Weirich (Neo Innovation), Joe O'Brien (EdgeCase, LLC), Chris Nelson (Christopher Nelson Consulting)
Average rating: ****.
(4.58, 19 ratings)
Sit in like a fly on the wall with a development team as they wrestle with the issues of data modeling versus object modeling. This is not your standard slideshow and talk, but a dialogue presented in three acts in which we explore the themes of simplicity and modularity as an application is developed. Watch the sparks fly as old-school objects modelers meet the Rails generation. Read more.
Location: E145 - E146 Level: Intermediate
Michael Buffington (Grasshopper Labs), Joe O'Brien (EdgeCase, LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 7 ratings)
Join Michael Buffington and Joe O'Brien as they conduct an open conversation about what they consider to be the ideal situation: productive and exciting coding sessions while remaining as far away from other developers as possible. We'll cover what technologies and techniques work (or not), and why Michael thinks that the Xbox 360 is an unlikely, but essential, tool for effective remote pairing. Read more.
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