July 29, 2008
RailsConf Europe Tours Rails' Present Landscape and Drives into Future: Global Rails Community Returns to Berlin
Sebastopol, CA--Co-presenters O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central have
unveiled the program for RailsConf Europe, the official trusted event for
the Rails Community in Europe on 2-4 September, 2008, in Berlin, Germany.
Organizers have extended early registration until 30 July, offering
community members the chance to save up to £150.
"RailsConf Europe is in its third year, and like Rails itself, it's an
established presence but one with energy and real freshness. This year
we've added some more presentations to the schedule, and we've got a great
lineup of keynote talks and sessions centering around the Rails core team
and both the present and future of Rails," says program chair David Black.
"The presentation schedule is packed with focused, technically informative
talks from experts in everything from security to internationalization to
deployment, metaprogramming, database and UI engineering--the whole range
of Rails activity and interest. The Rails scene, like the Ruby scene, has
always been vibrant and rich in Europe, and we're tapping right into it.
To meet the increasing demand for skill building, and to spread the joy of
Rails to programmers and IT managers alike, RailsConf Europe 2008 will
feature the most innovative and successful Rails experts and companies
from across the continent and around the world, providing attendees with
examples of development paradigms and design strategies.
Jeremy Kemper and Kent Beck have joined David Heinemeier Hansson as
keynote speakers. The conference schedule has just added a special
inaugural keynote to Tuesday evening: Hansson and members of the Rails
Core Team in a discussion that will also respond to attendees' questions.
More sessions scheduled for the remainder of the conference include:
- "Design Patterns in Ruby" by Neal Ford of ThoughtWorks
- "EC2, MapReduce, and Distributed Processing" by Jonathan Dahl of
- "Enterprise CRM on Rails: 700 Migrations and Still Counting" by Stefan
Kaes of IT Consulting und Systemsoftwareentwicklung, David Anderson, and
Larry Blatz of Folklogic.com
- "Functional Testing Lessons Learned" by Jay Fields of Thoughtworks
-"Genomes on Rails" by Matt Wood of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
- "How Not to Build a Service" by Mike Perham of FiveRuns
- "How the Global Open Source Census Works" by Rod Cope of OpenLogic, Inc.
- "I can has updatez: Real Time Updates in Rails" by Richard Livsey and
Martin Sadler of CitySafe
- "Juggernaut: Realtime Rails" by Alex MacCaw of Reevoo and Bram Whillock
of Quire, Inc.
- "Offline Rails Applications with Google Gears and Adobe AIR" by Till
Vollmer of MindMeister/Codemart GmbH
- "Rails Powered by GlassFish & jMaki" by Arun Gupta of Sun Microsystems
-"Rails Software Metrics" by Roderick van Domburg of Nedforce
- "RESTful Everything: Towards a Complete Resource-Oriented Workflow" by
Ingo Weiss of Metaversum GmbH
- "Taming the Beast: Managing Complexity in Ajax Applications" by Dan Webb
- "The Future of I18n/L10n in Ruby on Rails" by Sven Ruchs of artweb design
and Marko Seppa of BESTgroup Consulting & Software GmbH
- "The One-Two Punch: jQuery with Rails" by Yehuda Katz of EngineYard
- "Treading the Rails with Ruby Shoes" by Eleanor McHugh of Games with
Brains and Romek Szczesniak of Spiky Black Cat Records
- "When To Tell Your Kids About Presentation Caching" by Matthew Deiters of
Another addition to this year's conference will be the Community Project
Code Drive, an event introduced by program cochair Chad Fowler at
RailsConf in Portland earlier this year. Project leaders and like-minded
developers can spend the day hacking together, after project owners pitch
their projects and attendees organize themselves into groups to work on
those projects. In addition to this project, tutorials led by experts fill
the conference's first day, Tuesday, 2 September.
Sponsors include Engine Yard, Sun Microsystems, ELC Technologies, and
Evening events feature the popular Birds of a Feather sessions. The
members of the Berlin Ruby Usergroup also invite all conference attendees
to Bratwurst on Rails, a welcoming party on 1 September.
A full-stack Ruby framework for building database-driven web sites, Ruby
on Rails is increasingly becoming one of the most popular platforms of its
kind. Rails is about productivity and programmer comfort. Rails is
"opinionated," favoring "convention over configuration." Following its
path is easy and yields results quickly, with minimal configuration and
project start-up overhead. Because Rails projects come together quickly
and are results-driven, Rails is gaining traction in the business
community and is perceived as having business value.
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About Ruby Central
Ruby Central is the parent organization of the annual International Ruby
and Rails Conferences and is a visible presence and point of contact for
corporate sponsors interested in supporting these conferences and other
Ruby activities. For more information, visit: www.rubycentral.org
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