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David Heinemeier Hansson opened RailsConf 2012 with a keynote about progress, conservatism, and being curious instead of being suspicious. He summarized some of the initially controversial features or technologies that were added to Rails in the past and how they have since become accepted as the essence of the project. DHH then went on to analyze the causes of the slowly creeping conservatism in parts of the community about attempts for progress that threaten the status quo. Blaming it on a natural human fallacy, loss aversion, he concluded by guaranteeing that Rails 4 would "change things, and break things".
The guys at COOKPAD have been experimenting with Roomba controlled by Ruby over Wifi. They made the roombas roll around the conference hall and play the Imperial March from Star Wars.
Since RailsConf wasn't hosted by O'Reilly this year, videos of the talks will be made available on Confreaks soon.
John Bender gave a talk about progressive enhancement on the mobile web. He mentioned the multitude of devices that need to be accounted for these days, History, pushState, device orientation, taps versus clicks, and jQuery Mobile.
A few talks mentioned the vocal minority's negative reactions to new features, and how the silent majority should make its appreciation felt to ensure community members are rewarded for their contributions.
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The Authority Gem, Monitoring Federal Election money, redis_failover, getting rid of bundle exec, redis props, and more in this pre-railsconf ruby5.
In this episode we discuss how to Backbone Views With Rails jQuery-ujs, Shared Mustache Templates for Rails 3, Rails Footnotes 3.7.7 released, Ruby MMO programming challenge, Ruby-plsql 0.5.0 released, and How to Use Bundler Instead of Rvm Gemsets
Adhearsion 2.0 released ... Eric Hodel's rdoc-spellcheck 1.0 released ... Dr. Nic's App Scrolls ... Dan Croak's "Decorators vs. Other Patterns" blog post ... Pat Shaughnessy's "Why You Should Be Excited About Garbage Collection in Ruby 2.0" blog post ... DHH's "Testing like the TSA" blog post.
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