Feed icon 28x28
Mwrc small 180 wide original

MountainWest RubyConf 2011 Schedule

March 17 - 18, 2011

( 20 available presentations )
Vlcsnap 2015 02 18 11h24m25s111 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 152 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 18, 2015

Everything you need to know to run your very own Faux-pen Source project in the Fascist style. I'll cover the history of Fascism, how it works, relevant scholarly research, and how you can leverage fascist tactics and "the community" to further your own goals.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 18 11h21m47s47 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 217 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 18, 2015

Your entire nervous systems literally wired to be reprogrammed. Are you working with its strengths? Do you know how to tell if you're not? In this session we'll explore some exciting discoveries in neuroscience and psychology, and then immediately put this knowledge to use creating iterative change inside our brains. Or maybe we'll just monkeypatch some stuff and see what happens. If you want to start or break new habit instantly, start unit testing your own behavior, or if you just think it would be fun to know how to hack a debug breakpoint into somebody else's brain, this talk is for you!

Vlcsnap 2015 02 19 07h06m42s108 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 134 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 19, 2015

The single most important driving force that has kept me going since I started working with Ruby is the community itself. I will discuss various aspects of why I love the Ruby community and present my thoughts on our unique and awesome community with it's rosy effervescent essence.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 17 12h14m01s168 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 51 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 17, 2015

This talk will teach you how Opscode designs and writes Chef cookbooks to be sharable - not only in the Open Source sense, but sharable between various internal infrastructures and environments. Come to this talk if you want to learn more about:

How Chef uses attributes
How to dynamically build configuration with search
Accessing internal Chef objects within recipes

Vlcsnap 2015 02 17 12h48m18s5 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 161 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 17, 2015

Cloud computing scared the crap out of me - the quirks and nightmares of provisioning cloud computing, dns, storage, ... on AWS, Terremark, Rackspace, ... - I mean, where do you even start?

Since I couldn't find a good answer, I undertook the (probably insane) task of creating one. fog (http://github.com/geemus/fog) gives you a place to start by creating abstractions that work across many different providers, greatly reducing the barrier to entry (and the cost of switching later). The abstractions are built on top of solid wrappers for each api. So if the high level stuff doesn't cut it you can dig in and get the job done. On top of that, mocks are available to simulate what clouds will do for development and testing (saving you time and money).

You'll get a whirlwind tour of basic through advanced as we create the building blocks of a highly distributed (multi-cloud) system with some simple Ruby scripts that work nearly verbatim from provider to provider. Get your feet wet working with cloud resources or just make it easier on yourself as your usage gets more complex, either way fog makes it easy to get what you need from the cloud.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 17 12h52m35s16 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 150 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 17, 2015

Redis is an "advanced key-value store" but really, it's much more than that. Redis goes above and beyond GET and SET, and it's time for you to learn how that can help you write faster Ruby apps. We'll explore the rest that Redis has to offer, such as sorted sets, publish/subscribe, transactions, and more with real-world use cases of each.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 17 13h49m58s148 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 90 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 17, 2015

Ruby on Rails is a wonderful framework that makes creating websites simple and fun. But, perhaps because it is a pleasure to work with, Rails can be overused. A simple CRUD application can quickly become a behemoth, it's responsibilities encompassing far more functionality than one application should. In the startup world, one such app can run an entire business.

Monolithic Rails applications are an anti-pattern that hamper productivity, increase bugs, and, if you are a startup, can threaten your business. How do you fix the problem? Decompose your application into several independent, reusable services. This talk relates my experience leading a team of developers who re-architected a monolithic Rails app -- an app that effectively was the business -- into a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Using targeted code examples, it seeks to describe not only the advantages of a service-oriented approach, but also techniques for refactoring a production application into a more distributed architecture without destroying the business in the process. Finally, this talk highlights some common SOA pitfalls and describes effective ways to avoid or remedy them. Attendees will walk away with a clear demonstration of how to refactor or think about building their app with SOA in mind.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 17 13h54m13s137 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 157 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 17, 2015

Implementing a Service Oriented Design with Ruby can lower maintenance costs by increasing isolation, scalability and code reuse. That's the theory, anyway. It's true, but in practice there are lots of nitty gritty details of rolling out a service oriented design that can reduce the expected benefits -- or even leave you worse off than you started.

This talk will shed light on what it takes to successfully leverage a service oriented architecture. Emphasis will be on less discussed considerations like testing strategies, dependency and release management, operations and developer tools rather than the happy path of how to implement and consume services. Examples will be provided from our experience building tool to analyze home energy use in order to help people save on their power bills.

In the end, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of how to weigh the pros and cons of introducing services into your architecture, and you'll have learned some techniques to make the transition smoother if you decide it's right for you.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 17 13h55m24s59 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 282 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 17, 2015

Then it starts to scan the computer and transmit bits of information every time he clicks the mouse while he's surfing. After a while, [...] we've accumulated a complete mirror image of the content of his hard drive [...]. And then it's time for the hostile takeover.
-- Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Hacker dramas like the Stieg Larrson book make for good fiction, but we know that real life rarely matches drama. And with all the security features that Rails 3 has added, surely it is difficult to hack a typical Rails web site.

Right?

Wrong! Without deliberate attention to the details of security, it almost certain that your site has flaws that a knowledgeable hacker can exploit. This talk will cover the ins and outs of web security and help you build a site that is protected from the real Lisbeth Salanders of the world.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 19 07h06m49s176 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 143 times
Recorded at: March 17, 2011
Date Posted: February 19, 2015

This is not a scientific talk. It's a survey of each step in my process of creating something meaningful out of a pile of data. The talk will be a blend of anecdotes, process, data sources, tools available, and good ol' hacks. We live in a world filled with recorded data. Lots of that data is online, and retrievable in some fashion. Unfortunately, that data is often sparse, poorly labeled, and uninsured. Enter Ruby, with a wide variety of gems and libraries to help us trudge through funky data, store it, sort it out, and spit shine it for the masses.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 17 11h33m12s1 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 410 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 17, 2015

Applications typically measure processing throughput as a function of CPU-bound algorithm performance. Most modern production systems will contain 2-16 processor cores, but highly concurrent, compute-heavy algorithms may still reach hard limits. Within recent years, vendors such as Nvidia and Apple have formalized specifications and APIs that allow every developer to run potentially 1,000s of concurrent threads using a piece of hardware already present in the machine: the GPU.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 19 06h56m44s11 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 1,083 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 3, 2015

Ruby C Extensions have been a roller coaster ride over the last few years. While many Rubyists shy away from such non-Ruby code, its hard to imagine our Ruby ecosystem without them. Many of the most popular gems are C extensions. They are thriving today, and can play nice everywhere that Ruby plays nice! C extensions are not a drag on the community, but instead an exciting path that exposes Ruby to a greater computing landscape.

This talk aims to diffuse a lot of rumors about Ruby C extensions. They are not an obscure relic from the yesteryear; C extensions are actively being developed today, and solve real wo

Vlcsnap 2015 02 18 13h20m14s224 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 182 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 18, 2015

The Xbox Kinect is an exciting new way to interact with not only your Xbox 360, but your computer. In this segment Nate will show you how to use Ruby to interact with a Kinect, and gather skeleton sequences for an animation that can be imported into a 3d program for use in a game or movie.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 18 14h42m39s6 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 155 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 18, 2015

With the advent of JRuby many doors have been opened that were not before for Ruby. One particular place is the android platform. Using Ruby, we can easily leverage the Android platform and API's to create incredible applications. Since we are using Ruby, testing becomes a trivial exercise. I'll walk through the options we have for developing full feature-rich applications for both the Android tablet and the phone. I'll show how we can use JRuby to sidestep the complexity and configuration-heavy frameworks that are traditionally for Android development.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 18 14h47m50s49 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 181 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 18, 2015

I admit it. I like my code to read like English when possible. I am not unique in that regard. But, at least as importantly, I like my tools to be tractable; I'm unhappy if a quick trip to a gem's /lib results in confusion and frustration. If I can't understand my tools, I can't extend them. I can't truly make them *my* tools.

In this regard, it is possible to have your cake and eat it too.

Because I, and many Rubyists, are test-obsessed, this talk will focus on testing tools. We'll discuss lesser known gems (in many senses of the word) that build on Test::Unit. Yes, we will compare them to the twin juggernauts of RSpec and Cucumber. Finally, if none of the existing tools quite scratch your itch, we will discsus how you can build tools that meet your particular needs without resorting to "Swiss Army Knife" tools.

By the end of this talk, you will develop an appreciation for tiny tools, some sympathy for Test::Unit, reach enlightenment, add a schizophrenic/demonic voice to your mind constantly asking you "why are you using THAT?", save a kitten, and just maybe learn a few things to change your testing practices for the better.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 18 15h06m11s45 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 211 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 18, 2015

While web development is thriving in the Ruby world with Rails, Sinatra, and other frameworks, desktop development is still not very common as a lot of developers rely on Java technologies like Eclipse or straight .NET technologies such as Windows Forms. This talk will walk attendees through some Ruby desktop development frameworks/libraries, contrasting the pros and cons of each, and mentioning what is missing that discourages developers from relying on Ruby to build desktop applications. Frameworks/libraries covered will include MacRuby, Shoes, Limelight, and Glimmer.

Vlcsnap 2011 05 23 19h21m46s186 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 1,132 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 3, 2015

The world of concurrent computation is a complicated one. We have to think about the hardware, the runtime, and even choose between half a dozen different models and primitives: fork/wait, threads, shared memory, message passing, semaphores, and transactions just to name a few. And that's only the beginning.

What's the state of the art for dealing with concurrency & parallelism in Ruby? We'll take a quick look at the available runtimes, what they offer, and their limitations. Then, we'll dive into the concurrency models and ask are threads really the best we can do to design, model, and test our software? What are the alternatives, and is Ruby the right language to tackle these problems?

Spoiler: out with the threads. Seriously.

Vlcsnap 2011 05 23 18h55m28s41 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 1,700 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 15, 2015

As a programmer one of your most useful tools is the regular expression. Like a trusty old hammer, Regexp is always ready and willing to parse your random bits of text with brutal precision and accuracy.

But there are some tasks for which regular expressions are not the best tool for the job. Parsing expressions are a relative newcomer in the field of text analysis. Libraries like Treetop and Citrus make it easy to use parsing expressions with Ruby. In this talk, we'll discuss potential applications for parsing expressions and how to use and test them in your Ruby code.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 19 06h55m30s41 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 143 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 19, 2015

Many in our community want to blaze their own trails with their own company. We'll cover the essentials for software startups: how to tell if you've got a viable idea, funding options, do's and dont's, business models and how to get things off the ground. These essentials apply to founders as well as those thinking of working for a startup.

Vlcsnap 2015 02 19 06h55m36s93 thumb
Rating: Everyone
Viewed 160 times
Recorded at: March 18, 2011
Date Posted: February 19, 2015

Through Rails, Ruby has been thrust upon an adoring public. Over the past several years, Ruby has matured, with two world-class alternative implementation, a library for just about anything, and a community that values software engineering.

There are still some challenges ahead, most notably concurrency, library maturity and language development itself.