31 Ruby Videos from Mountain West Ruby Conference 2009
The always popular MountainWest RubyConf took place again this year on March 13-14 and the always awesome Confreaks team was on hand to record all of the presentations. Already they have 31 videos of MWRC 2009 up and ready to view in both HD (720p) and 640x360 MPEG4 formats. This is a goldmine of viewing and even if you don't get to a single Ruby conference this year, these videos could do 90% of the work for you.
So what rocked? Well, I haven't had time to watch all 31 videos, but from what I've heard and from those I have seen, here are some recommendations:
James Britt: Wii Ruby: All work and no play just won't do. - Until this video I'd never seen James Britt (pictured - of Ruby-Doc fame) in action, but he's a really good presenter - tells it straight, doesn't waste time. He talks about using Ruby (JRuby, specifically) to pick up data from the Wiimote's buttons and sensors. Pretty novel, and fun, stuff.
Yehuda Katz: The Great Rails Refactor - Yehuda, prominent Merb developer, presents a walkthrough of the Merb/Rails merge and how things will progress from here. If Rails 3.0 is interesting to you, watch this. His look at ORM agnosticism with ActionORM is particularly cool.
Jeremy Evans: Sequel - Jeremy Evans talks about Sequel, the lightweight database toolkit (Jeremy is now the maintainer but didn't create the project). Jeremy presents a whirlwind walkthrough with very text and code heavy slides. This presentation style tends to be a bit heavy in real life, but with a video it's great because you can pause if you want to read the slides :)
Brian Ford: Rubinius (1.0) - Engine Yard developer Brian Ford presents a five minute lightning talk on the Rubinius Ruby implementation. Not bad work considering he prepared the presentation at the last minute! If you want a very quick wrap up of what Rubinius is about, check it out.
And.. of course, there are 25 others! They cover stuff like writing adapters for DataMapper, BDD, usability, VoIP, DSLs, machine learning, GUI testing, workflows, and text to speech. Got a favorite and think we should all watch it? Leave a comment here!
As an aside, I'm looking forward to the Scotland on Rails (currently taking place in Edinburgh) videos coming along in the next few weeks (hopefully) but MountainWest has left them extremely big shoes to fill.