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acts_as_conference 2008 - Day 1 Report

Posted by arungupta on February 8, 2008 at 10:34 PM PST

acts_as_conference
started earlier today (now yesterday) in Orlando, Florida with href="http://actsasconference.com/charity-session">Charity
Session.  Completely sold out with 165 attendees!


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Ezra Zybmuntowicz
( href="http://www.merbivore.com/">Merb core
developer) talked about Merb.



What is Merb
?

  • Started after tried to make Rails thread-safe and memory
    foot print lower.
  • All (everything?) you need, none you don't.
  • Key features of Merb are: Thread-safe, ORM-agnostic,
    JavaScript-library
    agnostic, and Template language agnostic.
  • Replacement for href="http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/ActionPack">ActionPack.
  • Similar to Rails, fixes a bunch of problems like
    performance, memory collection.
  • 2000 requests/second
  • merb-core, merb-more, merb-plugins are some of the key
    components.

Read more about Why
Merb ?

(Speed, Lighweight, Powerful). In later discussions, Ezra told me that
somebody on #merb
IRC channel
has already tried Merb on href="http://glassfish.java.net">GlassFish. I'm
certainly waiting for him to provide me more information on that.
Unfortunately I could not find the chat archives :(



Then Evan
Phonix
(started Rubinius)
talked about the "Ruby kernel written in Ruby". He talked about how
Rubinius is a community-driven implementation (90 committers in last
365 days) and building a rich and high-performance environment for
running Ruby code.



In the welcome session, Robert
Dempsey
explained the two goals for the conference - "wide
& deep on variety of topics" and "technologies that integrate
with Ruby". Here are some statistics presented:

  • 30-70 people for every Rails meetup
  • Orlando #16, Tampa #17 for Rails jobs

And some more gathered during another session:

  • 90% using Rails as part of job
  • 50% first time visitors to any Rails conf
  • 50% local to Orlando

The last session of the day was a nice talk by href="http://hivelogic.com/">Dan Benjamin on
"Simplicity". I enjoyed his metaphors for emphasizing how simplicity in
user interface is important to meet customer's requirement and keep him
happy. Here are the two quotes he used: " style="font-style: italic;">Everything should be made as
simple as possible, but no
simpler" by Einstein and " style="font-style: italic;">Simplicity is the key to
happiness in the modern world" by Dalai Lama.



The party at Orlando Ale House
was a good blast. Here are some pictures:


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And finally the day ended with dinner @ href="http://golthetasteofbrazil.com/">GOL! The Taste of
Brazil - highly recommended with a great variety of salads
and meat. I particularly enjoyed Lime & Strawberry href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caipirinha">Caipirinha.



In next few hours, stay tuned for Charlie's session on href="http://jruby.org">JRuby
and Brian's talk on NetBeans/Ruby
tomorrow. You can always come and talk to me about href="http://wiki.glassfish.java.net/Wiki.jsp?page=JRuby">GlassFish/JRuby
- an "eco friendly" alternative to WEBrick and Mongrel at Sun booth. If
not there, I'm sitting in back of the room :)



And we are also giving away 5 copies of href="http://www.pragprog.com/titles/rails2">Agile Web
Development with Rails: 2nd Edition in sweepstakes tomorrow,
right after Brian's talk.



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Follow the conference at twitter -  href="http://twitter.com/acts_as_conf">acts_as_conf
or IRC - #actsasconf.




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