bookmark_borderRailsConf Europe 2006

Marcel and DHH were very surprized to know that I had flown in from India for the RailsConf.

I enjoyed most of the sessions that I attended. With four tracks going on in parallel definitely I missed out on some very good ones.

  • DHH’s session on ActiveResource was great. He demoed what he had talked about at Chicago RailsConf. I have also moved one of my projects to the edge to start playing with simply_restful.
  • Marcel’s session on making RJS DRYer was also good. simply_helpful is a good way of doing this. It applies the same philosophy to the View side of things, that simply_restful applies to the controller. Using the simply_helpful plugin, the application can use a lot of meaningful default, hence making the views and helpers a lot more dry-er.
  • Jamis just released a new version of capistrano and he demoed the cool new features. The slickest of them was the cap shell. It is a great tool to monitor multiple serves in a cluster from a single console, with the ability to run commands against only particular machines in the cluster identified by roles that the machines play in the cluster.
  • Jim Weirich’s plenary session was great. He demonstrated a lot of common mistakes that programmers make, because of Ruby’s open classes. A lot of his talk featured around being good to other’s code.
  • Dave Thomas and Kathy Siera were outstanding, entertaining and passionate as usual!

bookmark_borderready for RailsConfEurope2006, PizzaonRails

I am Travelling to London this wednesday, to attend the first RailsConf Europe 2006

I will be attending the pre-conference social PizzaOnRails on Wednesday evening. Then the RailsConf on Thursday, Friday.
I will be visiting the Shinnyo-en temple in Surrey on Saturday morning and be back in Central London by the afternoon.
Am flying back to Delhi on Sunday morning.

Anybody interested in meeting up to discuss ruby, rails, buddhism, India whatever… drop me
a mail.

bookmark_borderBarcamps covered by LivingDigital

When I, Amit and Gaurav met Binesh at Tekriti’s office in Gurgaon, for that informal chat about Barcamp Delhi, I had my doubts that LivingDigital was serious about publishing an article on Barcamps.

So I was really surprised when
I read on Amit’s blog
that there was an article in the June issue of LD which covered Barcamps.

Thanks Binesh for the article.

And again reading about BlogCamp on the main pages of HindustanTimes today, got me thinking about the kind of interest these “unconferences” are generating in the main media.

Though it would be much easier for anybody to organize the next barcamp or blogcamp or (whatever)camp. Will the crowd be the kind that these events have attracted so far.
I have met people who have attended BarCamp Delhi, and also the barcamps in the other Indian cities. A few of us also attended the first MoMoDelhi (mobile monday Delhi).
And most of us agree that BarcampDelhi, had the best crowd.

Could it be that as the word is spreading, the actual “Signal to Noise” ratio for these events is decreasing.