acts_as_conference 2008 - Day 1 Report
started earlier today (now yesterday) in Orlando, Florida with href="http://actsasconference.com/charity-session">Charity
Session. Completely sold out with 165 attendees!
( 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,
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
Read more about Why
(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 :(
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:
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.
The complete album is available at:
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or IRC - #actsasconf.
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