Putting the “FUN” back in functional programming (or at least taking the “FU” out of it) Randall Thomas kicked off the morning with a talk on Functional Programming. I have seen a number of talks on functional programming but was really looking forward to Randall’s take on it as he’s not only smart but he’s really entertaining. The basis for functional programming was that there were a group of guys » read more.
Leadership 101 Jim Holmes kicked off day two with a talk called Leadership 101. This is an amazing talk. Jim, as humble as he tries to be about it, is an amazing leader. He has posted his slides at http://is.gd/2avEy. He started off the talk with a story about World War 1 and a story about trench warfare. I knew but it didn’t really hit home that the phrase “Over » read more.
This is my third year at eRubycon. I’m thrilled to be involved and speaking again this year. I’m shocked every year when Joe picks me as a speaker. I’m just honored to be considered worthy of speaking on a docket with Jim Weirich, Glenn Vanderburg, Leon Gersing, Charles Nutter, Randall Thomas, Neal Ford and all of the rest of the amazing speakers that are here. It’s definitely one of my » read more.
I was just on a cool webcast called the .NET Coffee Break Show. I did a short show on getting started with IronRuby and Silverlight. Because the show is supposed to be just 30 minutes or so, I didn’t get into my usual preaching about the Ruby programming language or why people should use a dynamic language. Instead I just stated the fact that I really like Ruby and I » read more.
I wrote a write up for eRubyCon 2008 Day 1 and eRubyCon 2008 Day 2. BTW – thank you to Jerry Nummi for all of the great pictures of eRubyCon. I haven’t had time to browse and put them in this post but I’ll do that tonight or tomorrow. *Update – I added pictures…* I’m sitting in the back of day 3 reflecting on the previous two days. It’s amazing » read more.
Yesterday I wrote a write up of eRubyCon 2008 Day 1. – Charles Nutter started up with JRuby. I’m always impressed by people that are able to make their weekend project their full time job. I was further impressed that Charles was up with the rest of the speakers until closer to 4am than any of us should really admit, drinking really good scotch and solving the world’s problems. Charles » read more.
I’m sitting here at the second Enterprise Ruby Conference (eRubyCon). There’s a couple of fun and interesting things that have happened this year. One of them that’s exciting for me is that the whole event is being hosted at the Microsoft facilities in Columbus, OH. Joe O’Brien was looking for a facility so I offered up the office since we can get that for free. There are some minor facility » read more.
This was a big enough bit that I thought that I needed a separate post from John Lam on IronRuby at the Portland .NET Users Group. One of the things that John Lam addressed in his session was how submissions are going to work with the DLR and IronRuby. There are three separate bits, the libraries (this is most of the language), the core compiler (this is the interface between the » read more.
John Lam was at OSCON and stopped by the Portland .NET Users Group and did session. Someone, probably Scott Hanselman, had a video camera and taped the whole session. Scott got the video and posted it on his site as a Silverlight streaming video. It’s pretty slick. There’s a lot of fun banter between Scott and John. I’ll warn you now – he’s not going to teach you IronRuby in this video. He assumes a lot » read more.
IronRuby is out in the open! And I’m digging it! If you have been reading my most recent posts, you’ll see that I’ve recently started getting into Ruby. Partly that’s due to attending and speaking at eRubyCon but I wouldn’t have gone to that conference had I not been interested in the technologies. I had first seen some of Ruby when I met John Lam at VSLive Toronto in 2006. He did » read more.