Noteworthy this year is an all day Ruby Implementors’ track that boasts a series of talks covering all the major Ruby VM implementations, a keynote by Dave Thomas, a Q&A with Matz, and the always popular random assortment of Lightning Talks.
The talks this year are split between traditional talks and “Lightning Talks” – 5 minute presentations that quickly highlight a single package or aspect of Ruby. The talks cover a wide range of topics including Archaeopteryx – a Ruby MIDI/Music generator, easy phone calling with ruby, cloud computing, the usual excellent testing and design patterns talks, and a slew of other quirky and useful presentations.
If you don’t want to sit through the talks at normal speed, you can download the presentations in .mp4 format and increase the playback speed in your video viewer of choice. Read More
DocBox is the latest attempt to improve the Ruby/Rails documentation scene. Created as a Google Summer of Code project by Ian Ownbey (mentored by Jeremy McAnally) DocBox “sits on top of RDoc and allows users to update documentation through a wiki-like interface.” Changes to the ‘wiki’ are then folded back into your code and committed to a git documentation branch.
While still young, this project shows a lot of promise, as it allows anyone to write detailed, versioned, documentation without having to download or view any source code.