Ben Scofield

Ben Scofield
Developer Advocate, Heroku


Ben Scofield is a development director at Viget Labs, where he builds Rails applications for Web 2.0 startups. He’s been using Ruby and Rails for over four years, and is the author of Practical REST on Rails 2 Projects, from Apress. He’s spoken at Railsconf, Rubyconf, Railsconf Europe, and more over the past few years. When he’s not hacking, he spends time with his wife and daughter, reads voraciously, and tries to make the world a better place for web developers everywhere.

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Location: Pavilion 9 - 10 Level:
Nick Plante (SOSV), Joe Fiorini (Within3), Ben Scofield (Heroku), Chris Saylor (Todobebé), James Golick (Protose Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.70, 30 ratings)
The Rails Rumble is a 48-hour innovation competition in which teams of up to four developers embrace their environmental constraints to create a number of compelling microapps with Ruby and Rails. In this panel we'll talk to a number of Rumble participants and discover the tips, tricks, and techniques they used to successfully launch innovative web properties in an extremely short time frame. Read more.
Location: Ballroom A Level:
Ben Scofield (Heroku)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 43 ratings)
The benefits of Rack support in Rails have become increasingly obvious; Rails Metal and integrating multiple Rack applications have made possible architectures that were impractical before, and some long-held opinions are ripe for change. In this session, we'll see how to set up this integration and explore real examples of how it can be used—including the rehabilitation of page caching. Read more.
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