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Canada on Rails links and wrap up

Posted by Mon, 17 Apr 2006 21:05:00 GMT

4 comments Latest by Nathan Youngman Wed, 19 Apr 2006 00:53:24 GMT

Jeremy and I arrived back to Portland on late Saturday afternoon. I am already looking to schedule some time to go back to Vancouver, B.C. to visit again for a short trip away from work stuff. :-)

I wanted to take a few minutes to post some links that relate to Canada on Rails... and if you have more… email me them or post them as comments. :-)

Bloggers

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Talks/Slides

Photos

It's all about context

Posted by Sat, 15 Apr 2006 09:43:00 GMT

3 comments Latest by Robby Russell Sun, 16 Apr 2006 20:53:06 GMT

Well… Canada on Rails is over. There was an afterparty… and pictures will be uploaded in the next day. I had the priviledge of meeting many….many… many… talented… bright… and high maintenance people over the past few days. I went out of my way to go and introduce myself to several people and when you’re a speaker it seems to make that process even easier for others to ask you how you use Rails to solve certain types of problems. As Legacy systems, databases are problems that many people are encountering… it was comforting that people at the conference were highly interested in learning more.

The afterparty was alright… it got really exciting when a few of us decided to venture to a pub away from the club where the party was. Within 30 minutes… everybody followed. I got stuck sitting next to DHH and we got to discuss many topics with each other… such as legacy systems and how AR can be bent a little in one direction… but it’s not going to be the perfect solution for older problems. I have some work cut out for me. :-)

While I had him there… I was able to discuss prototyping with him. For example, does 37signals use prototypes that get thrown away? I’m not convinced that he’d agree with me... :but from how he described their process, which I can only assume is far from perfect and is evolving just as much as any of our processes… that they are onto something. It was entertaining and highly educational.

I have much more blogging to do…. and it’s true… Thomas Fuchs is really a direct descendent of Bon Jovi… and David Goodlad is really a Good Lad from Canada.

Sneaking Rails through the (Legacy) system

Posted by Fri, 14 Apr 2006 23:01:00 GMT

3 comments Latest by Fabio Akita Thu, 29 Jun 2006 21:06:36 GMT

I’ll be posting stuff in the next few days about acts_as_legacy. For those not at Canada on Rails... I announced a small project that I’m going to be working on.

Acts as Legacy!

Here are my slides… up til I tried to do a live demo. ;-)


# Inventory model
class Inventory < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_legacy :table_name => 'inventory',
                 :primary_key => 'prod_id',

  has_one :product, :foreign_key => self.primary_key

  column_alias :quan_in_stock, :stock

end   
Let’s try something a little different…

# SalesPerson model
class SalesPerson < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_legacy :table_name => 'sales_person',
                 :primary_key 'sales_p_id',
                 :column_alias => 'sales_p_'

  validates_presence_of( :name, :email, :phone ) 
end

# usage....
SalesPerson.find( 7 ).sales_p_name
=> 'Nigel'
SalesPerson.find( 7 ).name
=> 'Nigel'

The Slideshow

...Jeremy posted his slides as well. :-)

Canada on Rails, day 1... part 2

Posted by Fri, 14 Apr 2006 06:37:00 GMT

It’s late on Thursday evening… I’m fixing a few slides after getting some inspiration this afternoon. Jeremy and I were interviewed by Obie Fernandez for some Rails DVD thing. He asked us about our work at PLANET ARGON.... and right after that we headed back to the hotel with Topfunky… for another interview… which should show up on the RoR Podcast in the near future. :-)

I get to speak in 12.hours.from.now. Then… I can watch Jeremy speak and then relax the rest of my time here. :-)

Hopefully I can get over this cold by tomorrow morning…

Canada on Rails, day 1... part 1

Posted by Thu, 13 Apr 2006 21:44:00 GMT

16 comments Latest by Kris Khaira Wed, 19 Apr 2006 05:52:53 GMT

Here I am at the very first Ruby on Rails-related conference. My first passport stamp!

We’re half-way through the first day and as luck would have it, I’m starting to feel ill. Am taking a short break from the conference to catch up on some rest after opting to hang out with some great people last night. About twenty of us went out last night, which ten were speakers. There are a few photos up on Flickr.

This morning started with DHH giving a 90-minute keynote about the what Rails Core will be focusing on. It went well and I’m excited to hear that they’re going to break out some pieces into plugins. Goodbye, Pagination and Web Services!

David also had some kind words for people who don’t get and/or appreciate the Rails way of doing things…

DHH says....

Joe O’Brien followed him with a talk about Service-Oriented Architecture with Rails.

I’m going to catch up on some rest, work on my few slides and head back to the conference shortly. :-)

Check out the lastest pics on flickr from Canada on Rails.

I'm leaving...on a jet plane...

Posted by Wed, 12 Apr 2006 21:36:00 GMT

I’m sitting at the Portland Airport with Jeremy… we have almost 2 hours to kill before our flight leaves. We love the free wifi at the PDX Airport. I took a few moments to upload some pictures to our flickr account and thought I’d take a moment to mention some cool news.

Jeremy Voorhis, Lead Architect at PLANET ARGON will be writing a book for O’Reilly. He mentioned it on his blog this morning it appears. :-)

Congrats Jeremy!

Keep your eyes on the Canada on Rails Flickr group!

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