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MetaProgramming - Extending Ruby for Fun and Profit



Ever wonder just how Rails declarations such as "has many" and "belongs_to" work? Ever wished you could write your own code that worked the same way? It turns out that this style of programming, often called metaprogramming, is easier than you might think. In this talk we'll see how Ruby's open classes, compile-time execution, and full meta-object model make it easy to write your own extensions.


Dave Thomas is recognized internationally as an expert who develops high-quality software--accurate and highly flexible systems. He helped write the now-famous Agile Manifesto, and regularly speak on new ways of producing software. He is the author of six books, including the best selling The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master and Programming Ruby: A Pragmatic Programmer's Guide.

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Dec 07, 2007