In a couple hours I’ll be catching a plane to Portland to attend RailsConf 2007. I’m stoked to hear the presentations, and talk to others that are using Rails every day. It’s gonna be a great Ruby feast, to be sure.
If you want to meet up, contact me through my website or just look for anyone wearing a CodeSmack t-shirt. Chances are good on the first day that it’s me. We’ll have some for sale, so if you wait until Saturday your chances of finding me solely by the t-shirt will be diminished.
I’ll be updating my RailsConf schedule this afternoon and tonight. I’ll try to keep it current during the conference as well. Hope to see you there!
CodeSmack: Announcing T-Shirt Tuesdays
- We will design new shirts and release them on Tuesdays
- We will sometimes feature existing t-shirt designs
- We will discount the t-shirts featured on Tuesday until the next Tuesday
Head on over and see this week’s newest designs and featured shirts, including one of my new favorite designs: Ready. Fire. Aim. (Hint: listen to its inspiration from RailsConf 2006) Buy ‘em this week and you’ll get a $2.00 discount over normal prices. Enjoy!
I gave a presentation tonight on JBoss Rules to the Phoenix JUG. There was a good group of people there, and we had a very lively discussion around some of the strengths and weaknesses of rules engines in general. It was fun to cover a topic that I don’t hear much of (outside of sales pitches), and to see so much interest. There were a log of thoughtful questions, and many people were interested in ideas of how to program using rules.
At work, we use JBoss Rules for a small portion of our code but that code handles an awful lot of our transactional complexity. Spring, Hibernate, and Struts handle most of the heavy lifting of our structure. But JBoss Rules helps keep our routing logic and call script questions fairly clean and maintainable.
While a lot of the value of a presentation is in the verbal exchange that goes on in the room, I figure there’s something to be gained by gazing through the slides and sample code after the fact. With any luck, I’ll take some time in the next couple weeks to put up some podcasts (gasp!) on JBoss Rules. Enjoy.
Source Code: jboss-rules
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With this little announcement we let our family, friends, coworkers, and open source associates know what we’ve been up to for the month or so. We’ve got a great selection of designs started, with plenty more to come in time. Digg your favorites soon and you just might get a chance to pick one up at RailsConf.
I’ve been using Firefox for a long time. Last night I decided to give Camino a spin. I’m using a nightly build of what will become the 1.5 stable release later this month. This thing sings. It’s fast, feels lean and light, and it stores my passwords in Apple’s Keychain. Lovely.
There’s no way I can give up Firefox for development — Firebug is just too cool. I may, however, use Camino for normal “work” where I’m not trying to tweak the CSS, layout, or whatever of something I’m actually building. This dichotomy could perhaps become too burdensome; though I think QuickSilver will surely see to most of that concern. I could discover that I insanely miss the occasional GreaseMonkey thing, or I really miss…something. We’ll see. For now, I’m happy to have a zippy browser again.