RailsConf 2006: Day 1

by Curt Hibbs

This has been an incredible day! It has also been a very long day, non-stop from 8am to 10pm. I'm really tired, but I want to post today's happenings while they are still fresh in my mind.

The conference presentations are being recorded (audio only), and it will be possible to purchase the audio synchronized with the slides for $50. I think audio for the keynote addresses will be available for free. They keynotes have been excellent, so don't miss out on listening to them.

Rich Kilmer kicked off the conference by welcoming everyone and noting that this was the "largest gathering of Ruby people in the history of the universe." And it was incredible to see 550 Ruby/Rails enthusiasts gathered in one place. Dave Thomas simply said "Wow" and stated that he was "stunned" by the attendance.

Dave Thomas gave the morning keynote address, and started by showing how far Ruby and Rails have come it the last year by doing a Google search for "Ruby on Rails" and noted that this resulting in 21 million hits. Even more significant were the paid ads that appear on the right for Rails consulting, Rails hosting, etc. Dave also mentions that the of the No Fluff Just Stuff speakers (all Java experts), 65% of them now make their living using Ruby on Rails.

But the main thrust of Dave keynote was about taking Rails to the next level of adoption by removing the barriers prevent corporate developers from being able to use Rails. He specifically discussed three critical areas, in detail: data integration, real-world CRUD, and deployment. There was way too much information for me to post here, but please listen to the audio of Dave's keynote.

After the keynote I told Dave that I thought the "real-world CRUD" part sounded an awful lot like Naked Objects on Rails. Dave said if I though that, I should be sure not to miss Justin Gehtland's presentation tomorrow. Tomorrow I'll let you know what that was all about.

After the keynote, there were three talks going on at the same time (for the rest of the day), and I can only attend one (even though I wish I could attend them all). I went to see Geoffry Grosenbach's talk on deploying Rails applications in a shared host environment. He talked about some of the issues that you face in a shared host environment and showed off some Capistrano deployment scripts.

Next up, I attended my own talk on Instant Rails. I tried to skip out and go see someone else's talk, but that didn't work! :-)

I enjoyed the RadRails team (Marc Baumbach, Matt Kent, and Kyle Shank) as they explained why an IDE is important (answer: supporting integrated workflow components), and talked about where RadRails was and where it is going. There was a lot of audience interest.

Just before and after dinner, there were two more keynote addresses: one by Martin Fowler and another by Paul Graham. Both were excellent and well worth listening to.

Finally, _why the lucky stiff, Ruby's resident madman (and his thirsty cups band) finished off the evening with performances that went past 10pm.


2006-06-24 09:14:59
My God! We've gone back in time!
Curt Hibbs
2006-06-24 20:19:09
You're too late... I already fixed it!

For those of you completely baffled, I originally titled this post as "RailsConf 2005" instead of "RailsConf 2006".

2006-06-25 14:51:11

You mentioned listening to Dave's keynote but I couldn't find a link anywhere. Are they not up yet?


Curt Hibbs
2006-06-25 22:26:58
No, the last I (over)heard, its going to take a couple weeks to get the audio processed.