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Building Rails Apps for the Rich Client

Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
Location: Ballroom I
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 56 ratings)

We all know that Rails is great for building traditional web applications that serve dynamic HTML pages. But more and more, people are reaching to other tools, like Node.js, when they build web applications with a lot of logic in the client. People often use the argument that when you remove the view helpers, there isn’t much of value left in Rails.

In fact, because the Rails framework made an early bet on the REST architecture, it is extremely productive for building applications that mostly communicate over HTTP using JSON payloads. In this talk, Yehuda will talk about what makes Rails so good as the server for rich clients, and how to structure your application to take the most advantage of these properties.

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Yehuda Katz

Tilde Inc

Yehuda Katz is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams. His 9-to-5 home is at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc., where he works on Skylight, a Rails performance tool. Yehuda is the co-author of best-selling jQuery in Action and Rails 3 in Action. He spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, along with others, like Thor, Handlebars and Janus—or traveling the world doing open source evangelism work. He blogs at http://yehudakatz.com and can be found on Twitter as @wycats.

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Dustin McCraw
05/23/2011 8:02pm EDT

Yehuda is always a great speaker. I really liked the talk on the bulk posting. Can’t wait for it to get rolled into Rails!

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Stephen Walker
05/20/2011 10:45am EDT

Yehuda always does an amazing job communicating his points, I also enjoyed the bof on sproutcore. Thanks!

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Conrad Taylor
05/19/2011 8:46pm EDT

Yet another very good talk from Yehuda Katz and thanks again for holding the BOF on Sproutcore with Greg on Wednesday. Bravo!!!!