Pat Maddox

Pat Maddox
Programmer, Goldstar Events

Website | @patmaddox

I got into Rails pretty much from the get-go, not long after it was made publicly available for programmers to use. Since then I’ve worked on a dozen or so production Rails apps, and written countless toy and experimental apps. These days I help build the technology at

My interests in Ruby/Rails are primarily in testing and high-level design. With Rails apps that have been running in production for 3, 4, or 5 years now, I think we need to shift our perspective a bit in order to keep up the pace of development that sets us apart from other languages and frameworks, so that we can continue to innovate and make money hand over fist.

Entitled “The BDD MoFo” by Dave Chelimsky, I’m somehow still a member of the RSpec core team :) Look for the (rough-cut e-version) book to drop soon!

I dropped out of college, which Dave Astels constantly ridicules me for, but it’s okay because I know he just envies my boyish good looks. I envy his wizard programmer beard.



Location: Room 307 - 308 Level: Novice
Pat Maddox (Goldstar Events)
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Over the last 5 years, Rails apps have increased in size, complexity, and value provided to businesses. A few years back all we had to do was customize some generated code and sprinkle on a bit of AJAX, and the rapid pace of development meant that we could launch products and add features way faster than our competitors could. Read more.
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