Given the overwhelming response to this event and its success last year, I’m happy to be back as your host and facilitator in 2009 – and couldn’t think of a better line up to start us off.
We’re joined by ‘veteran’ RoR Night presenters Luke Galea and Steven Baker, as well as relative new comer Ollie Saunders, for an evening full of ideas and information having an impact on the programming community.
Ollie will start the evening, discussing ‘Oh no, OO!‘:
According to TIOBE, of the ten most popular programming languages all but one (C) are object oriented; most, fundamentally so.
The industry has, rightly or wrongly, all but settled on OO as the de facto paradigm for programming with many employers making hiring decisions based on candidates’ experience using objects. And yet, pick up any intermediate book on programming and you will find long words and alien concepts that routinely confuse new comers.
So, how does one learn OO without pain? And whilst we’re at it can we correctly recall what OO is exactly, and why it’s so important?
Next, Luke will take us through ‘JRuby and Beyond: write a Java application without writing a line of Java’:
* Calling Java from Ruby
* Using spring to inject Ruby classes into a Java application
* Coding Java data access objects, managers and controllers using Ruby
* Injecting Ruby methods into a Java object
* Using Java infrastructure from Rails (Spring, Hibernate, etc + Rails)
Finally, Steven will share his insights on ‘Avoiding the Big Rewrite: Developing Maintainable Software’:
This talk will focus on practices and experiences that will help prevent software from becoming an unmaintainable mess and enable the development of software that will be a joy to work with long after the final sprint to release. To allow current and future developers to get more excitement out of working with the existing code base and avoid the expensive and time consuming re-write.
In addition to our presenters for the evening, I’d also like to thank Robert and Careerious.com, our drink sponsor and a fantastic site that helps stop hiring mistakes before they happen.
I’m also very glad to be back at the always tech-friendly Rich Media Institute in Toronto, with thanks to Jackie and the folks at Function 13/Pixel Gallery as always. With such a strong turnout expected, please arrive early and enjoy a drink (or two) – we’ll be starting as close to 6:00pm sharp as possible. If you haven’t already RSVP’d to the event via facebook, please do so – we have very little room left!
In the meantime, if you have any questions about attending, presenting, sponsoring or getting involved with this event, please contact me at corecorina(at)hotmail(dot)com
See you Wednesday!