Patrick Farley
Technologist, ThoughtWorks


Patrick Farley is a developer and occasional tech lead with ThoughtWorks. He blogs on Ruby and Rails at


Location: Portland Ballroom 252 Level: Intermediate
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks), Patrick Farley (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 25 ratings)
Ruby is the revenge of the Smalltalkers. Not since Smalltalk has a language had such powerful meta-programming facilities. While this may seem like a minor feature, it turns out that surgical meta-programming allows solutions to problems that are clearer, more concise, more maintainable, and take orders of magnitudes fewer lines of code. Read more.
Location: E145 - E146 Level: Expert
Patrick Farley (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 20 ratings)
Rails programmers are Ruby programmers. In this session we'll cover some useful Ruby metaprogramming techniques as used in real world Rails applications and extensions. Then we'll dig deep into MRI and JRuby source to gain a nuanced understanding of the implementation details of Singletons, Mixins and the Ruby Object model. Read more.
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