Thursday, February 18th

Cost: FREE

US-Pacific Standard Time:
9:00am - 11:15am

US-Eastern Standard Time:
12:00pm - 2:15pm

Location: Online,
from the comfort of your desk.

Includes access to the recorded sessions after the live event.

The Rails Online Conference provides an ongoing forum for exploring the latest issues, without the expense or inconvenience of travel. It's our way of bringing Rails to your desktop and keeping the conversation alive throughout the year.

In an online conference, participants log on and attend sessions, enter into discussions with other participants and presenters using the live text chat, and are able to pose questions and interact with people from all over the world. It has a similar structure to a physical conference, except that you hear the speakers discuss topics and watch their slide presentations via your computer from the convenience of your office or home. You'll take breaks between sessions and enjoy lively conversations with your fellow attendees.

Exploring Rails 3

The Rails Online Conference is now over. If you registered for the online conference, you will receive a link to the audio recording via email shortly.

Rails 3 is taking its final shape, so there's no better time to take a close look at the work that's been done in the past year. Join us for a series of talks on everything you'll need to get started with it – from creating a new application, to upgrading from Rails 2, to the foundation that makes it all possible.

Who's Speaking?

Yehuda Katz

Getting up-to-date with Rails 3 Speaker: Yehuda Katz, Engine Yard Presentation: Getting up-to-date with Rails 3 Presentation [PDF]

Rails 3 is a lot of things. Yehuda will go through the important high-level changes, giving you a starting point for digging into the improvements the Rails team has made for Rails 3.

Gregg Pollack

Rails 2 to the 3 (Abridged) Speaker: Gregg Pollack, Envy Labs Presentation: Rails 2 to the 3 (Abridged) Presentation [PDF]

This talk will give an overview of what has improved with a highlight reel of some of the best parts.

Jeremy McAnally

Why Port? Speaker: Jeremy McAnally, Intridea Presentation: Why Port_ Presentation [PDF]

Rails 3 is the clear choice for new apps, but is it worth porting your apps running on Rails 2.3 and older?

Ryan Tomayko

Rack in Rails 3 Speaker: Ryan Tomayko, GitHub Presentation: Rack in Rails 3 Presentation [PDF]

In this talk we'll take a look at Rack: why it was created, how it caught fire across Ruby web frameworks, and how to build Rack components that further extend Rails 3's HTTP pipeline.

Program subject to refinement. All talks are 30 minutes, with a 15 minute break at US-PST: 10:00am (US-EST: 1:00pm). The entire conference will be recorded and made available to attendees free of charge afterwards.

Sponsorship Opportunities

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for Rails Online Conference. To sponsor Rails Online Conference and for general sponsorship information, contact Yvonne Romaine at

Program Committee

Chad FowlerChad Fowler
Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade he has worked with some of the world's largest companies and most admired software developers. He loves to program computers and, as part of his role as CTO of InfoEther, Inc., spends much of his time solving hard problems for customers in the Ruby language. He is co-organizer of RubyConf and RailsConf and author or co-author of a number of popular software books, including the recently released "The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development".

Ben ScofieldBen Scofield
Ben Scofield is the Technology Director for Viget Labs, where he has worked with a variety of companies to clarify strategies and build their web presences. He has been an active participant in the Ruby and Rails communities, contributing to open source projects, and speaking at various events. In addition, he has worked over the past year to bring together developers from different fields through a series of local events held around the country.

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