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ActiveSupport 3: What We Should Know About What We Don't Know

Bryan Liles (Heptio)
Location: Ballroom I
Presentation: external link
Average rating: **...
(2.16, 76 ratings)

ActiveSupport is the foundation for much of the code Ruby on Rails developers depend on. Many use these set of libraries every day, but few dive into to explore the jewels it contains. In this talk, Bryan Liles will highlight a few of the more interesting features of Active Support 3.

The session will start with what we had before ActiveSupport, and move on to the history of Rails to bring us to where we are today. Special emphasis will be placed on topics such as, Benchmarking, Accessors, Dependencies, and Instrumentation.

In this talk, everyone will learn something. There are quite a few beginner level topics, but the seasoned Ruby on Rails developer will most certainly be exposed to a tidbit they were unfamiliar with as well.

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Bryan Liles


Bryan does a myriad of Ruby related tasks for his daytime job in a quaint little town near Baltimore, Maryland. No, that isn’t right. Bryan Liles is Greatest Man Alive! He hacks mad ruby. He trolls twitter. He is looking for the good fight.

He hasn’t written any books, and doesn’t maintain any major open source projects. Most of his time is spent helping others level up their awesomeness; trying to cause chaos with writings on his blog (I know you’ve heard of Smarticus the blog); or just being a great dad and husband. When he isn’t testing all the #$#%# time, he moves small mountains with his mind and trains at the local Baltimore Jedi academy.

Some came to lead. Some come to be lead. Bryan comes to smash the status quo.

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Brian Long
05/18/2011 5:41pm EDT

I enjoyed Bryan’s style of presentation. I too, felt he could have dug deeper into the subject matter.

Bryan, Thanks for presenting.

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Wesley Gamble
05/18/2011 7:25am EDT

I learned a couple of things about ActiveSupport that I didn’t know. Good talk, but there were a few typos on the slides.

Charles Feduke
05/17/2011 6:33pm EDT

Bryan presents great and I would definitely see him give another talk. This particular presentation needed to be deeper though.

Robert Winter
05/17/2011 4:43pm EDT

delivered approximately what the detailed writeup said. It was a bit light or beginner oriented, but it could have also been titled ‘a tour of ActiveSupport and Facets – two gems that many developers overlook’ – now I know enough to go explore.

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Steven Soroka
05/17/2011 4:13pm EDT

Very little new content and details. Could have dug in to the workings of ActiveSupport. Too basic.

Robert Wickesser
05/17/2011 12:20pm EDT

Yea, I was hoping to learn more about ActiveSupport. Now I know I can go look at the source to learn more.

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Paul Cook
05/17/2011 11:02am EDT

had higher hopes for this talk after hearing Bryan’s ignite talk. very thin content IMO.