I’ve been meaning to post about this for a couple of weeks, but with everything going
on, there just didn’t seem to be time.
Here’s the news. Registration is
open for the next RailsEdge conference in Chicago (August 23-25). Mike and Nicole have
posted the session list for
Chicago and there are some really great talks lined up for this time around, including a
number of new talks that we haven’t done before.
Chad Fowler will be speaking on “Quick and Clean: Well-Factored Rails”. I really like
the emphasis in the Rails community on keeping your code clean (and still beating
everyone to market).
Stuart Halloway is adding a talk on Domain Driven Design. Good design is critical to
producing a system that flexible and maintainable. Looks like Stu is going to give us
the goods on how to do just that.
Justin Gehtland will be talking about JRuby. I was in the JRuby tutorial at RailsConf
and the JRuby guys are doing a bang up job of bring JRuby up to speed as a solid
platform for rails. If you are in a place that already has Java deployed, then deploying
a Rails app has suddenly become as easy as dropping a WAR file on the server. Cool
And it looks like I will be able to reprise my “DSL: Speaking the Lingo” talk from
RubyConf a couple years ago. If anything, the DSL story in Ruby has gotten even stronger
than before. And in addition to juggling and Rubiks Cube from the original talk, I have
a little extra surprise just for the Chicago crowd.
In addition to all the new talks, we have several new speakers featured at the Chicago
Ezra Zygmuntowicz will be speaking on “Mongrel: Learning how to walk the dog” and
“Xen and the Art of Rails Deployment”. Deployment issues seemed to be at the top of
the list of concerns at RailsConf and Ezra will help set us straight.
At past RailsEdge conferences, the feedback was strong about having more coverage on the
topic of testing. So as not to disappoint, we will have David Chelimsky talk about
“RSpec: Behavior Driven Rails” and Mike Mangino will cover “Testing in the Real World”.
See you there
That’s just the new stuff for Chicago. We still have a great selection of topics from
previous RailsEdge conferences. See the current
schedule for a complete list of
All in all, it looks like a really great lineup of speakers and topics. I hope to see