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Enjoying Rails Underground 2009 - Day 1

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rails Underground turned out to be a good conference to be at. While we do many conferences, it was my first Ruby / Rails conference and the first software development conference in quite a while. Apart from it being very well organized, the lectures and talks are very informative and held pretty well.

The first conference day started with a Keynote by Fred George. Fred George has been in IT for the last fourty years and throughout the keynote his experience regarding software engineering was clearly visible.

The plenary on JRuby, with the lead developer of JRuby Charles Nutter, was one of the highlights on the first day.
Especially, since I originally come from the java world. Another nice talk was given by Obie Fernandez, the guy behind hashrocket. He talked on running a software development company practicing agile methods. I was more than delighted to notice, that a lot of the things he mentioned are part of our culture at bytemine.

The third talk that I really enjoyed on the first day, was on CouchDB. CouchDB is a distributed, fault-tolerant and schema-free document-oriented database accessible via a RESTful HTTP/JSON API. Highly interesting, something I will definitly will look at again in the future.

The evening was closed by a lightning talk session, which was very entertaining and again, very informative. As soon as I’ve talked to the various people involved and got their permission for publishing pictures of them, we will post a few pictures here as well.

I will poke Bernd to cover the second day. Since for him, being our main ruby and rails head, there were lot’s of interesting talks as well.