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February 21, 2012

How to make your first contribution to open source

by Luke Griffiths

Intended for developers new or veteran, who would like to contribute to open source but aren't sure how to start. Luke will talk about a few of the basic obstacles (in your head) to getting involved and how to deal with them, as well as the basic mechanics of pull requests and code reviews using Github. At the end of this talk you'll be ready to make the first commit, which is always the hardest.

December 13, 2011

Databases Constraints & Polymorphism

by Barun Singh

This talk will discuss how to integrate database constraints into your application, including how to use polymorphism in your application without sacrificing database integrity.

Decorators in Rails

by Dan Croak

Description pending...

MacRuby for Fun and Profit

by Joshua Ballanco

First, we'll see how to use MacRuby to improve your Cocoa development by utilizing macirb as a Cocoa REPL. Then, we'll see how to build a MacRuby app in Xcode. We'll see how MacRuby let's you create something with the feel and performance of a desktop app, while taking advantage of all the wonderful resources available to a Ruby app.

October 11, 2011

Using MongoDB in Anger

by Kyle Banker

You've "gotten the hang of" MongoDB. You get the basic ideas. But you want to build a production-quality app, and you're not sure you're keen on all the inside info. Sound familiar? If so, this talk, which presents a variety of advanced techniques for using MongoDB successfully in production, is for you.

Backbone.js and Rails

by Jason Morrison

These days, some web apps have more code on the client than on the server. Learn how Backbone.js is put together, how to use it with Rails, and how to make building JavaScript-heavy web apps a pleasure.

Transforming Ruby Code

by Ben Hughes

Programmatically transforming Ruby code is easier than you think and has several interesting applications: automated refactoring, coding style/best practices enforcement, DSL translation, and more. This talk will explain the concepts behind transforming code and expose some of the tools available to do so.

September 13, 2011

Capybara Webkit

by Joe Ferris

Description pending...

Capybara + RSpec

by Patrick Robertson

Harness the power of Capybara for acceptance testing without the added cruft of Cucumber.


by Steve Klabnik

Minitest is the new default test framework in Ruby 1.9

factory_girl 2.0

by Ben Orenstein

factory_girl 2.0 has a svelte new look. Find out how to save time and keystrokes in the latest version, with a dash of best practices for good measure.


by Jeremy Weiskotten

An overview on why you should be test driving your code

July 12, 2011

Refinery CMS

by Dan Pickett

Refinery CMS is the new kid on the block that's Rails 3 compatible and engine based. We'll take a tour and call out some of its niceties in addition to some of its blights.

Radiant CMS

by Joel Oliveira

Radiant CMS is considered by many as the grand-daddy of rails-driven content management systems. Learn the basics and the reasons why you should use Radiant!

Browser CMS

by Patrick Robertson

BrowserCMS is a Rails Engine based CMS that has the elusive ability to be kind to both the user and the developer.


by Joe Ferris

Copycopter lets you edit live copy in your web app. Setup is simple and managing copy is easy, flexible and forgiving