The Rails Edge

January 29th, 2007

Recently I attended an excellent conference put on by The Pragmatic Studio called The Rails Edge. This was the second time the conference had been run, the first happening in late 2006 in Denver. The one I attended took place in Reston, Virginia.

I really enjoyed the speakers and the format of the event. Mike and Nicole, who run The Pragmatic Studio, did a great job organizing it. The conference was single-track, meaning everyone got to go to all the talks, rather than having to choose and missing a good one because of the damn laws of physics (can't be in two places at once). I especially liked the deployment talks by James Duncan Davidson, the talks by Marcel Molina Jr, and anything by Justin Gehtland and Stuart Halloway. Which is not to say I didn't enjoy the others. Dave Thomas, as always, was great. But those I listed resonated most with me.

I met a lot of great people. A suprisingly larger number of PC & Windows users than at RailsConf 2006. In fact, no one at my table used a mac, and I was the only one using linux! Is that progress? I'm not sure ;-) Thanks to Five Runs for being a sponsor of the event. They gave out a MacBook Pro and I was almost chosen for it. As Nicole read the randomly chosen ticket (my number was 46391)... 4.....6...3...9..(I'm on the edge of my seat here, I'm 1 in 10).. 4 :-( Aww well. I leave with the same number of mac laptops that I came with, so I'm no worse off.

Looking forward to seeing many people again at RailsConf 2007, for which registration should open soon.

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