Rails3: Step Off of the Golden Path

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Back in December 2008, the Rails and Merb core teams surprised everybody by deciding to merge their teams and focus their energy on a common release: Rails 3.0.
On one hand, Rails is famous for being an opinionated Rapid Application Development framework following the well known “convention over configuration” design paradigm.
On the other hand, Merb is known for its performance, extreme modularity and greenfield experimentations.
The new unified team is working on having the best of both worlds, but the real questions are:

How does that affect me as a Ruby/Rails/Merb developer?
When should I step off of the golden path and why?

Matt Aimonetti, Merb core and Rails team member will take you through the new world of possibilities now available to Rails 3.0 developers.
You will see the pros and cons of different options for people desiring to step off the “golden path”.
Matt will show concrete examples of application/cases where alternative solutions could be more appropriate and others where you are better off staying on the golden path

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Matt Aimonetti

m|a agile consulting

Matt Aimonetti (mattetti) runs m|a agile, a consulting shop offering training, auditing and development for Ruby projects. Matt contributes to Rails and was part of the Merb Core Team, where he lead the evangelism initiative. In his spare time he works as a technical book reviewer, blogs and works on open source books.

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