I attended RailsConf in Baltimore, MD this year. It was especially exciting as we had just relocated to Baltimore 2 days earlier after a long drive from Minneapolis. Apart from the great sessions, I was able to meet some great...
Attending RubyConf was a lot of fun because I was able to combine a personal vacation ahead of the trip, then meet my coworker at the start of the conference.
Rails content management system options:
I attended WindyCityRails in Chicago this year. Videos of the sessions are available here.
Developing dynamic database-driven web applications with Ruby on Rails is great, however the flexibility and overhead of the framework is not always needed for small static websites.
Some feaures from Rails 2.3 that I wanted to highlight:
Bill Heyman from Code Morphic led a discussion on some topics from WWDC 2009 and iPhone 3.0 SDK features.
A previous work project involved changing our blog software and server configuration. Date-based URLs would no longer be used, and the blog would be run within the main site instead of on a subdomain. The “slug” (which is this-is-the-page-slug in...
Ruby on Rails introduced me to the concept of an auto_link helper method, which finds and hyperlinks URLs within text.
I developed the script photo_stats.rb to move through date-based folders of photos, and grab EXIF data (thanks to the exifr gem) for each photo. The script calculates the mean focal distance of all the photos, sums photos at the widest...