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Press Release: January 22, 2008

The European Developer Community Comes Together at RailsConf Europe 2008; Call for Participation Now Open

RailsConf Europe taps into the dynamic energy of the growing Rails ecosystem. Co-produced by Ruby Central, Inc. and O'Reilly Media, Inc., the conference takes place September 2-4, 2008. True to the spirit of this community, RailsConf Europe is dedicated to everything Ruby on Rails. In attendance will be over 800 Ruby on Rails enthusiasts, web developers and programmers, IT managers tracking emerging technologies, open source developers and hackers, Tech-savvy entrepreneurs, users at every level (new, power, intermediate, advanced, expert) and others interested in web technologies and strategic implementation. The Call for Participation is open; speaking proposals must be received by March 18, 2008.

A full-stack Ruby framework for building database-driven websites, Ruby on Rails has become one of the most popular platforms of its kind and with the release of Rails 2.0 at the end of 2007, Rails has moved into the next phase of its evolution. Itís a mature technology, with a tremendous and still rapidly growing presence in the world of Web development. Through transition and growth, Rails has stayed true to its roots, with programmer comfort, productivity, and maintainability as the hallmarks of its architecture and style.

Program chair David A. Black is excited about the potential for discovery and learning represented by the event. Black anticipates that RailsConf Europe will "help developers at various levels of experience understand the place of Rails in the Web development landscape: where it is, where it's going, and the kinds of things people are doing with it. Above all," he adds, "the Conference is about bringing the community together--always the most exciting and dynamic aspect of events like this."

The program committee is seeking leaders for RailsConf Europe sessions and tutorials. Topics should focus on helping attendees by teaching from experience, and can center on any Rails-related topic. Proposals at all technical levels are welcome, from advanced beginner onward, although the program overall will continue to be strongly weighted toward the advanced level. Areas of interest include:

  • Time saving developer productivity tips, tricks, and tools
  • Spotlights on important Rails subsystems
  • Making the most out of new Rails features
  • Rails development case studies, including application rewrites and organizational bootstrapping
  • Migrating applications and people from other technologies to Rails
  • Gem and plug-in highlights
  • Patterns and best practices
  • Extending Rails

RailsConf Europe is more than a jam-packed three-day learning extravaganza. The conference is the European gathering for the Ruby on Rails community. Featuring a full tutorial day, lively exhibit hall, evening events, informal networking opportunities and late night gatherings, RailsConf Europe is the place for Rails devotees to connect, collaborate, inspire one another, and generate fresh ideas.

Early registration for both media and attendees will open in May 2008.

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About Ruby Central
Incorporated in 2002, Ruby Central is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization chartered to support Ruby events, learning, and initiatives. It 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.

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