RubyEnRails 2006 finished

Posted by Juice10 Thu, 18 May 2006 19:22:00 GMT

RubyEnRails has finished and it was a great success. There where about 120 people there. Most of them hadn't worked with rails longer than 6 months. I also got to know quite allot of people.

The sponsors (Profict and Finalist) did a good job of setting up the event and the venue where this was held was very nice but it took quite long to get there.

I'm all ready looking forward to next years RubyEnRails. Maybe we should organise something in the meantime. We could all meet up somewhere and have a few beers; Ruby on Beers.

The program of events:

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Reception and registration
    The conference was at a castle in Zutphen. The day started out with thee, coffee and talking.
  • 09:30 - 09:45 Gert Oortgiesen: Welcome
    Gert Oortgiesen, director of the RubyEnRails '06 sponsor Profict, started the day with a very short welcome.
  • 09:45 - 10:40 Frank Oxener: Rails Introduction
    Frank Oxener of Agile Dovadi gave an introduction to rails, it wasn't as good as David's but it gave people new to rails a good impression. In about an hour he made a rails application that showed where all the attendants of the conference lived. He used the google maps API plugin for this.
  • 10:40 - 11:35 Newminds: Integration with Rails
    Newminds is a startup that has lots of experiance with Microsoft's erp-software Dynamics. The company is using Rails to build a front end to their Dynamics projects.
    I didn't find this talk so interesting because of all the Microsoft technology that it was integrating with and that I never use.
  • 11:35 - 12:30 Michiel de Mare: The way Ruby makes Rails work.
    In this session Michiel de Mare ( gave an introduction to Ruby. And showed all the different components of the language. This was all done very simply, I learned quite allot and was my favorite session.
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
    Talk, eat, you know how its done... (food was nice!)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Stefan Kaes: Performance Rails
    Stefan Kaes is a Rails performance guru, who has made many performance-related contributions to the Rails code. In his session he talked about performance measurement, performance tuning and refactoring for performance. This included an overview of Rails architecture, session container options, good/bad caching approaches and demos. And he gave a whole lot of performance tips (eg. Don't use link_to or url_for instead you should type the raw html if you want to speed things up.)
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Wilco Bauwer: Ruby-compiler for the Microsoft .Net framework
    Wilco Bauwer has developed a Ruby-compiler called IronRuby that enables you to run Ruby applications on top of the .Net framework.
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Erik Veenstra: Magie met meta-programmeren in Ruby
    Erik Veenstra is one of the few dutch Ruby specialists. He gave a talk about DSLs (Domain Specific Languages), Meta Programming and a lot more...
  • 17:30 The End
    More talk, a couple of drinks and then we where off, back on the long rout to home.


  1. Larixk said 1 day later:
    Nice recap of a great event. I like your blog too, fresh, spring time colours. Ruby on Beers would be a fun way of keeping the comunity alive. But it 'll have to take place at a more central spot!
  2. Justin Halsall said 1 day later:
    I was thinking of Utrecht or Amsterdam for Ruby on Beers

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