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by John W. Long
We've come a long way since the early days of Rails. And the entire Rails system, while much more robust, can be intimidating and downright frustrating for designers to get started with. In this talk we'll discuss a couple of different strategies for integrating designers into your team and what you can do to optimize your current designer/developer workflow. We'll be discussing a couple of tools that can assist you in this (including John's very own Serve project) and will ask the if any of this can be applied to Open Source. Along the way we will be talking a lot about the value of taking a design-first approach to software development and you will walk away with a number of practical approaches that you can apply to your current project even if you aren't working with a designer.
by Elise Huard
Statistics are hot. In the last few years, the internet and increasing capacities have made it possible to gather large amounts of data ... and now we're starting to work out what to do with it. I'm talking about data-driven development, not unrelated to the principles of Lean software development - how we can use data to drive our development.
The first steps of a Behaviour-Driven Developer
An introduction to Behaviour-Driven Development, the second-generation agile methodology that aims at delivering software that matters. Most of us know that BDD has something to do with tests and the way code is produced. But what is it exactly? How does it differ from Test-Driven Development? We'll discover the technical principles and practices lying at the heart of BDD, as experienced from a naive programmer perspective. But BDD is not only about writing better tests and code. It really holds higher purposes...
Web apps are hot, web apps with APIs are even hotter. These days popular sites are opening up more and more of their functionality via web APIs and you should too. This talk will cover how to develop web APIs with Ruby, either using Rails or Sinatra. It will also cover how to test those APIs with Cucumber.
by Roy Tomeij
Front-end code should be fun to write and fast to run. Combine front-end meta languages like Haml, Sass & CoffeeScript with the Rails 3.1 asset pipeline and achieve both.
Just because the tests past doesn't mean that your users will actually like the change, you can test your features in front of real users using A/B testing. A/B testing is becoming an important tool on the web to test out new features on a subset of your users to find out if they fulfil their purpose and make your decisions based on data not opinions. Split is a rack based A/B testing framework, it works with Rails, Sinatra and any other rack based web framework. Find out why we needed another framework and how to use in Rails, Sinatra and Radiant and the best practises of A/B testing.
7th October 2011