Brendan Ribera introduces Mirah, a JVM-based programming language with a Ruby-like syntax, type inference, closures, meta-programming, macros, showing how to use it for Android development.
Lance Ball presents DataMapper, a Ruby ORM library, along with Infinispan, Hibernate Search, Lucene, all running on JBoss AS7 and accessed through TorqueBox, a JRuby application server.
Sarah Allen talks on how to introduce children to the basics of programming, presenting a new related language called “Pie” along with lessons learned from creating a DSL in Ruby.
Jeff Cohen advises on how to switch from another language to Ruby and how to integrate it into the enterprise, presenting what are Ruby’s core elements and 5 myths about Ruby and Rails.
Get Satisfaction Uses Ruby on Rails and Cloud Computing Platform to Achieve Scalability and Reliability
Thor Muller presents how Get Satisfaction managed to reliably scale their Ruby on Rails-based customer community platform using Agile, TDD, BDD, and by deploying their framework in the cloud.
Tyler Close considers that the old client-server security model is no longer viable and a new security web model is needed, presenting tools and techniques to secure the social web apps of today.
Thomas Enebo explains the basics of JRuby, showing what’s different from Java, how Java and JRuby interact with each other, and some examples demonstrating the usefulness of a complementary language.
Mark Miller on how E and Caja influenced the EcmaScript 5 standard so it can be a secure language, enabling the creation of safe mashups, and how Dr. SES enables secure distributed computing.
Ryan Dahl demonstrates how to use Node.js’ asynchronous IO model to write simple HTTP/TCP/DNS servers that scale up serving thousands of connections while using a very low memory footprint and few CPU cycles.
Guy Steele, Douglas Crockford, Josh Bloch, Alex Payne, Bruce Tate, and Ted Neward (moderator) hold a discussion on the future of programming. Topics included: the future beyond functional, running JVM/CLR on many cores, what is the future of type checking and type systems, languages for education, comparing DSLs and ubiquitous languages, proving code correctness, functional and parallelism.
Yehuda Katz presents the evolution of the Ruby on Rails project, the challenges it had to overcome and what are the lessons that could be helpful in making other open source projects successful.
Ryan Dahl presents Node.js, what it is and how to program against it by exemplifying with code samples, and shows how to do highly scalable parallel programming with event-based processes.