Ryan Bates of the ultra-popular Railscasts website will be joining our meeting on October 8th via an iChat video session. Ryan is unparalleled in the Rails community for along with his professionally done web casts, he has recently presented at RailsConf, helps moderate RailsForum, and has contributed to the Rails core.
Watch some of his tutorials and be thinking about questions that you can ask him. Some possibilities include :
- How did you get started with Rails and why do you continue to use it over other alternatives (Django, Merb, etc)
- Where do you think the biggest bottlenecks exist within the Rails work development flow and how would you propose to solve them?
- What do you think is the biggest contribution Rails has made in changing the way you develop?
- Do you have any books (technical or not) that you are currently reading?
- When considering a new feature for Railscast, what is your approach to design? Do you like to start at the data level first or would you rather sketch up a couple of mockups and work from the UI?
- Was it difficult in creating a following for the Railscasts website and did you do anything special in the beginning to lure in an audience?
- How did you go about getting your sponsors?
The QA session will last between 30 and 45 minutes. I will have a mic or two setup so that we can take turns asking questions.
If we have time I will do a second presentation. Since most of the developers at the meeting at least touch upon Java in their working careers, I thought it would be of benefit for the beginners to make a presentation that will compare and contrast some of the differences between development with J2EE/JavaEE and Rails. I will outline the tools and practices that make Rails unique. Topics covered will include convention over configuration, migrations, deployment, and basic meta-programming.