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by Desi McAdam
The target audience is anyone who has a laptop computer and is willing to devote a Wednesday evening and full day on Thursday to learning how to develop a web application using the popular Ruby on Rails framework. Most attendees are programmers who are looking to update their skills — some are unemployed, some are hoping to leave their current jobs and others just want to keep their skills sharp and understand the latest technology.
Although not exclusively for women, volunteers like Desi McAdam focus their workshops on outreach to women in order to create gender diversity in the tech community.
As Ruby matures, understanding service oriented architecture is becoming more important for Rubyists to have in their toolboxes. This talk will focus on messaging systems in the SOA ecosystem, featuring a case study of an application that went from monolithic to service oriented, with messaging and queue systems driving the changes. Architecting, scaling, deploying, and maintaining messaging/queueing systems will be discussed, and tools developed along the way will be introduced.
by Chad Pytel
jQuery Mobile provides a framework for building cross-platform mobile web applications. This opinionated mobile web framework will allow you to build a single mobile interface that supports iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm, and Windows Mobile, and perfectly complements Ruby on Rails on the server side.
This session will walk through the building of a mobile web application using jQuery Mobile and Rails. Along the way, we’ll dive into jQuery Mobile internals, exploring the interesting and innovative ways it does what it does.
by Jeff Casimir
Whether you're new to Rails or have been around few years, chances are that your views are primitive. Detonate what you know about how views are written and let's start over.
In this session you'll learn...
We all believe in testing (right?). But, are we testing the right things in the right places with the right techniques? Testing is about risk management, return-on-investment, and opportunity cost vs. new features. The world of testing shifts fast. We'll cover what's up lately with various topics: when to unit test, when to use model/view/controllers tests vs. integration tests, Cucumber vs. Rails integration tests, and the powerful-but-underrated "clicking on stuff" technique.
An advanced discussion of applying design patterns in Rails applications. A lot has happened in the Rails world since "Skinny Controller, Fat Model" was first espoused as a virtuous design approach in 2006. Learn the state of the art in Rails architecture and how to avoid common design pitfalls in your applications.
18th–20th August 2011