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Ruby on Rails, Refactoring Databases, and the Legacy System

Posted by Tue, 11 Apr 2006 01:11:00 GMT

1 comment Latest by Frederick Ros Wed, 12 Apr 2006 05:14:01 GMT

To avoid feeling like I have neglected my blog lately… I wanted to point out a few things.

First of all… there is a nice new book that was sitting at Powells technical bookstore just a few hours ago… and is now sitting on my desk. I read a few pages on the bus ride home today of Refactoring Database: Evolutionary Database Design. It’s a Martin Fowler signature book and you can read more by Scott W. Ambler (one of the authors) at Agile Data. So far it seems like a good book if you’re into database schemas and if your a fan of the Refactoring scene. :-)

In other news… Jeremy and I are preparing for our journey up to Vancouver, B.C. this week. Jeremy will be presenting his talk about i18n and Ruby on Rails… and I’ll be presenting my talk about using Ruby on Rails with Legacy databases. I look forward to meeting those of you who are making the trip to Canada on Rails (which is sold-out!) and if you don’t catch us there… we will also be presenting at RailsConf 2006!

If you’re going to be in Vancouver this week and would like to meet us for some drinks, hacking, or whatever… stop by on #canadaonrails ( and let us know. :-)

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Canada on Rails: 50 seats left?

Posted by Mon, 20 Mar 2006 00:43:00 GMT

1 comment Latest by Nathaniel Mon, 20 Mar 2006 01:05:03 GMT

I just heard from Nathaniel Brown that there are only 50 seats left for Canada on Rails! Both Jeremy and I will be speaking there… and if you were not able to get tickets to RailsConf 2006 to see us speak… then you should head up to Canada.

I hope to see you there… :-)

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Speaking at Canada on Rails

Posted by Sun, 15 Jan 2006 18:00:00 GMT

I love getting good news at 1am on IRC.

Nathaniel Brown notified me last night that my talk, (Sneaking Rails into the (legacy) system) was accepted at Canada on Rails. He then also informed me that Jeremy Voorhis, Lead Architect of PLANET ARGON also got accepted for his talk on Internationalizing Rails. I’m really looking forward to flying up to Vancouver, B.C (for the first time) with my colleague .

List of speakers include:

  • David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Thomas Fuchs
  • Dave Astels
  • David Black
  • Joe O’Brien
  • James Adam
  • Steven Baker
  • Michael Buffington
  • Robby Russell
  • Geoffrey Grosenbach
  • Kyle Shank
  • Jeremy Voorhis
  • Alex Bunardzic
  • Sebastian Kanthak
  • Amy Hoy

For more information and to register, please visit:

Early-bird registration ends… today!

Canada on Rails

Posted by Thu, 17 Nov 2005 04:51:00 GMT

If you haven’t submitted your proposal for speaking at Canada on Rails, you should do that soon! I submitted my talk, “How to Explain Your Obsession With _Why to Your Grandparents” the other day. I’m pretty sure that it’ll be accepted and in April I will be explaining to you how I tried to explain _Why to my grandparents.

Actually, the title of my proposed talk is, “Sneaking Rails Into The (Legacy) System.”

If you haven’t submitted your proposal talk yet… head over here ( and do so. :-)

I still think that I should have submitted my first idea… but my peers convinced me otherwise. :-)