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David Heinemeier Hansson’s Keynote.
by Jeff Casimir
“Fat Models, Skinny Controllers” they scream. Pushing your logic down to the model layer is a key step to improve testability, maintainability, and code quality. But many developers now have “junk drawer” models that don’t realize these goals. Having a fat model isn’t enough!
In this session we’ll explore techniques for improving your models including:
When you leave this session you’ll be dying to refactor!
by Avdi Grimm
Are your methods timid? Do they constantly second-guess themselves, checking for nil values, errors, and unexpected input?
Even the cleanest Ruby codebases can become littered over time with nil checks, error handling, and other interruptions which steal attention away from the essential purpose of the code. This talk will discuss strategies for writing your Ruby classes and methods in a confident, straightforward style; without sacrificing functionality or robustness. In the process, we’ll cover concepts and techniques including:
by Eric Ries
by Dr Nic
Join Dr. Nic Williams for a whimsical journey through the rich history of our favorite programming language. Ruby has come quite the distance from being a language that was designed by Matz to be “more powerful than Perl, and more object-oriented than Python”.
He’ll take us through the storied evolution of Ruby before addressing the future—What will your investments of time and talent yield? Why Rubinius? Why JRuby? Why YARV? Get the answers to these questions and more with the characteristic cheek you’d expect from a man who once wore a tutu on stage.
In this talk Señor Engineer Aaron Patterson will talk about the adventures he’s had over the past year. Topics will include (but are not limited to), ARel, ActiveRecord, ActionPack, Code Refactoring, and Sausage. Though these topics may go their separate ways, they are not worlds apart. Attendance is required as there will be homework assigned.
16th–19th May 2011