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Ruby Through the Ages (or, A Brief History of Ruby)

Dr. Nic Williams (Stark & Wayne)
Location: Ballroom I - II
Please note: This and all other keynotes will be live streamed and recorded.
Presentation: external link
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(3.69, 49 ratings)

Join Dr. Nic Williams for a whimsical journey through the rich history of our favorite programming language. Ruby has come quite the distance from being a language that was designed by Matz to be “more powerful than Perl, and more object-oriented than Python”.

He’ll take us through the storied evolution of Ruby before addressing the future—What will your investments of time and talent yield? Why Rubinius? Why JRuby? Why YARV? Get the answers to these questions and more with the characteristic cheek you’d expect from a man who once wore a tutu on stage.

This keynote is sponsored by Engine Yard

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Dr. Nic Williams

Stark & Wayne

Dr Nic works at Engine Yard as VP Technology, responsible for Engine Yard’s Open Source program and Advanced Weapons Lab.
Through his role at Engine Yard he is excited about the technologies and processes for making Rails application hum in production, for the automation and simplification of development, continuous integration, deployment and the ongoing parenting of a production web application.