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by Ben Scofield
There are more smart people building software now than there have been at any point in the past, which means that it's more important than ever to stay on top of new developments, libraries, frameworks, and everything else. To really take advantage of this wealth of innovation, however, you've got to look beyond your normal community -- what's going on in Python? And how can we use that to make our Ruby lives easier? In this session, we'll explore that question. We'll look at actual examples of code and concepts borrowed and reimplemented to form a better idea of when it's appropriate and when it'll fall flat.
At least since node.js, everyone knows that real time HTTP responses are the next big thing. The secrets of handling incoming requests asynchronously with Ruby is not yet far spread among Rubyists, as the internals needed for such responses are neither specified nor documented and there is a lack of tools. Still, it is possible to use Server-Sent Events, Websockets and akin with Rack today. This talk will demonstrate the underlying technologies and how to use them.
by Dave Hoover
The Ruby community's passion for open source is unparalleled with respect to other languages, however it comes at a price. In this talk some extremely opinionated ideas will be presented in the hopes of sparking some great conversion around the following areas:
Code quality vs time to market in the OSS world, flexible project infrastructure, outside in to inside out testing, locking down your API and design, leveraging the community for resources, proper open source etiquette, and effective and noneffective design and refactoring techniques.
by Joseph Wilk
Ruby has a thriving testing ecosystem which is leading the way in many ways. But innovation in testing is not limited by language. Lots of interesting ideas are evolving from outside our comfy red world. It’s time we expanded our horizons and learn about some of the testing ideas evolving around other languages. Come to be inspired by new ideas, see how language changes the way we think about testing and discover what life is like in other testing lands.
8th–9th April 2011