Lone Star Ruby Conference 6 schedule

Friday 10th August 2012

Saturday 11th August 2012

  • Kafka: The Great Logfile in the Sky

    by John Pignata

    At 9:15am to 10:00am, Saturday 11th August

    In Norris Conference Center

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  • Front-end Web Development with Ruby

    by Matt Buck

    While Ruby came to prominence with Rails as a solution for quickly and elegantly building full stack web applications, the past couple of years have seen an explosion of the number of Ruby projects catering to the needs of front-end web developers specifically. From using Middleman or nanoc to manage the process of building a static site, to using Compass to bring sanity to our stylesheets, to building custom gems to simplify JavaScript development workflow, this talk will cover several scenarios in which developers can bring the ease and simplicity of Ruby to bear on time-consuming or otherwise frustrating front-end problems. We will also cover using one of the new Backend as a Service providers to build a dynamic website entirely on the client side, radically simplifying the process of deployment.

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Saturday 11th August

    In Norris Conference Center

    Coverage slide deck

  • Exploring the Internet of Things Using Ruby

    We live in a world that is increasingly connected. Everything from toasters to televisions has smart network aware devices in them. In the past such devices were accessed via proprietary protocols, but there has been a movement as of late to allow open easy access to these kind of embedded devices.

    We will look at the current understanding of the Internet of Things, and some of the embedded devices, such as the Arduino and other technologies that are making it possible.

    USB, wireless and serial communication to embedded devices will be examined, all with Ruby of course. A few practical hardware examples will be presented, such as a software build state monitor using Ruby and USB to talk to an LED lamp and an LED message board using wireless communication and Arduino.

    We will also go over a few examples of Cloud based offerings, which allow you to mash up your devices in your home to the World Wide Web, for remote monitoring or collaboration.

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

    In Norris Conference Center

    Coverage slide deck

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