Ruby and Agile Conferences in 2010

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 11 Jan 2010 at 04:46

These look like the most interesting Ruby and Agile related conferenceevents in 2010:

  • April 9-10, Reston, Virgina.Ruby NationRuby conference. SOLD OUT.
  • April 14-15, San Francisco, California. Chirp Twitter Developer Conference ($469).
  • April 20-21, New York, NY. #140Conf ($140).
  • May 22-23, Krakow, Poland.EuRuKoRuby conference. For reference, see EuRuKo 2009.
  • May 22-23, Gothenberg, Sweden. Nordic Ruby conference ($809 -600).
  • June 7-10, Baltimore, Maryland. RailsConf O'Reilly Ruby on Rails conference ($695).
  • August 4-6, (near) Jacksonville, Florida. BizConf. A Hashrocket founded conference ($1,570).

I will come back and update this post over time to keep it fresh.

Here are a few I'm keeping my eye on but haven't really decided if they are interesting yet or not, or they have yet to...

Building a Micro-multinational accounting system?

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 02 Oct 2009 at 14:06

I'm thinking of building a Ruby on Rails based micro-multinational accounting system. It's the last thing I want to do, but it seems like nothing else free or paid out there is adequate.

Currently, we make do with Intuit Quickbooks Pro. Compared to the alternatives, it is a pleasure to use, and makes accounting rather easy. But it has a number of fundamental failings from our perspective, and I can't find an alternative that addresses them.
Missing Essentials
(1) multi-users with appropriate permissions
(2) remote access from anywhere
(3) dealing with multiple currencies
(4) ability to create custom features and interfaces to deal with special regulations, processes and access to information for other related systems (like analysis and reporting).
(5) can be hosted on a remote...

Identifying Ruby on Rails Sites

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 15 Aug 2009 at 06:40

Can you tell if a site was implemented using Ruby on Rails? It is not always obvious. But there are clues that you can use. One of the East Agile developers shares the following advise on this topic.

Based on my experience about rails and web technologies, I have some rules to identify the technology behind a website:
- recognize by URL pattern
- view HTML source
- HTTP monitor by Firebug
- recognize it's not rails-based by understanding other platforms

Basically, I give you 2 simple approaches. To take advantage of these, you may need an understanding of some web technologies and you may need to install more tools.

1. URL pattern:
- rails-based website usually does not have those file extensions in URL: php, asp, aspx, do, jsp, ...
- Rails supports RESTful URL build-in. So URL in...

East Agile Extreme Programming

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 02 Dec 2008 at 02:59

At Barcamp Saigon last weekend, we presented our eXtreme Programming (XP) approach at the Barcamp technology conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

We follow a pure approach to XP:

(1) Code review, collaboration, and teamwork are good. So we do them continuously by pair programming. Our developers work in pairs, with two mice, keyboards and monitors connected to the same machine, allowing a constant exchange of ideas throughout each day.

(2) Testing by developers is good. So we do testing continuously through test driven development (TDD).  Before we write any code, we first write tests that define what it should do. As we expand and refactor our code, we expand and refactor its associated tests.

(3) Responsiveness to clients, starting sooner and going live quickly are good....