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Saturday 11th September 2010

  • Metrics Based Refactoring: What To Do With Your Code Metrics

    by Jake Scruggs

    Metric_fu makes it easy to generate reports that measure code quality. Once you’ve created the reports, what do you do next? You know your code could be better. Now what? As lead developer of metric_fu, Jake Scruggs is in a great position to make recommendations about the best ways to leverage the tool.

    At 9:00am to 9:45am, Saturday 11th September

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  • Analyzing and Improving the Performance of your Rails Application

    by John McCaffrey

    Ruby is a great language, and Rails is an amazing framework, but with all that you get for free, it can be easy to build in bottlenecks and poorly performing code. There are a lot of resources out there on performance. This talk will focus on the critical things you should look at first, up to the more advanced changes you may need to consider to make your app fly.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Saturday 11th September

  • It’s Time to Repay Your Debt

    by Kevin W. Gisi

    As members of the Ruby on Rails community, we’ve taken advantage of a wonderful framework, fantastic libraries, and enjoyed the company of other great, creative minds. But it’s important to make sure we give back! In this talk, we’ll look at how we can start to release our own libraries. We’ll look at how we can manage our open-source contributions, to make sure that we don’t alienate new developers. Finally, we’ll see just how easy it is to provide support for the next generation of Ruby on Rails enthusiasts and coders!

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Saturday 11th September

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  • Weaving Design and Development

    by Ryan Singer

    What happens when designers have an idea to change a feature that is already built? The first half of the talk walks through an example of designing on an existing app, and the second half looks at the relationship between design and development that is necessary to facilitate changes in the design. There are 15 minutes of good questions at the end as well.

    At 2:15pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 11th September

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  • Grease your Suite: Tips and Tricks for Faster Testing

    by Nick Gauthier

    Continuous integration is a great way to keep your codebase organized and well tested. But when a test suite takes so long to run that developers stop running it before every commit, they lose their constant feedback loop and quality drops. In this talk we’ll explore methods of speeding up the test suite so that developers can be confident about the code they’ve written before they share it with the team. Every tactic will be backed up with hard benchmarks from real production code. We’ll show the evolution of a test suite from its full run time of 13m 15s down to a number you won’t believe.

    At 3:15pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 11th September

  • Sustainably Awesome: How to Build a Team

    by Jim Remsik and Les Hill

    Hashrocket began as a small four person shop aiming to build products and get rich doing the same. Something happened along the way and we wound up with a small principled consultancy that works hard and plays harder.

    Listen in as we share how we keep the culture, quality, and cohesive bond that makes Rocketeers love working for Hashrocket. We will cover hiring, communications, methodology, environment, culture, and community.

    At 4:15pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 11th September

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  • What’s New With Rails 3

    by Yehuda Katz

    In this talk, Yehuda will give an overview of the new features of Rails 3, and how you can use them today in your day-to-day work on Rails. He’ll also talk about the steps you can take to most efficiently update a Rails 2.3 app to Rails 3.

    At 5:15pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 11th September

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