A Movie of last Tuesday’s Intro to Rails talk is now
An Quick Introduction to Rails
Last Tuesday evening I gave a “Quick Introduction to Rails” talk at
the local XP users group. The talk was a departure from my normal
presentation style and was inspired (in part) by Dick Hardt’s Identity
2.0 talk I saw at OSCON last year. Bill Barnett has made a
movie of the talk available
for download, so those of you who missed it can still see it.
I will be giving shortened version of the talk again on the 21st of
January at the Dayton-Cincinnati Code
Camp sponsored by the Dayton
and Cincinnati .NET users group. I will also be giving the popular
10 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know About
Ruby talk at the same
conference. Hope to see you there.
I probably won’t post the “Intro to Rails” slides. (Update: See
below). I don’t think the slides stand alone very well. But several
people have asked about links to the stories I mentioned. Here is a
There’s some other great articles on Stuart’s and Justin’s Relevance blog
site. Also, the Hoare paper is a classic and well worth the read (even
though I understand he retracted much of what he said about Ada later).
The software I used for the slides runs entirely on Firefox, and a
reference can be found here:
Here are some references on the influences on that particular presentation
It is interesting to note that TAKAHASHI Masayoshi, the inventor of
the Takahashi method, is involved with Ruby in Japan.
Update (Monday: 9/Jan/06)
Several people have asked for the slides and pointed out that if I
published them, you could watch them in conjunction with with the
video. Ok, good point.
The online version of the presentation is available
If you wish to download the presentation for local viewing, or for
your own use or modification (under the terms of the Creative Commons
License), then here is
If you download the tarfile, make sure you specify the data file
properly in the URL. See the live link above for an example.