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See you at LessConf and RailsConf?

Posted by Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:15:00 GMT

Hey all,

It’s been a while (most of my blogging is over on the Planet Argon blog)... but I’m hoping to have some technical-related posts coming in the near future.

If you’ll be at LessConf in Florida this week, I’ll be there. Do I owe you a drink?

Also, if you’re coming to visit Portland for RailsConf 2013 and will arrive the weekend before, you should join us on a hike. If you can’t make it, be sure to say hello at the conference!

Hope all is well!

Cheers, Robby

Business of Rails Panel at RailsConf 2007

Posted by Fri, 02 Feb 2007 20:57:00 GMT

Trying to finish my book and running PLANET ARGON consumes quite a bit of my time… so when the RailsConf people announced that they were accepting proposals for talks, I opted to pass so that it wouldn’t distract from my sprint to finish my book. :-)

This decision was even easier for me when Nathaniel Talbot invited me to be part of his proposal for a panel of people that are running companies that specialize with Ruby on Rails. I liked the idea and the other people that were invited were all people that I greatly admired and respected… so I said yes. After all, so much of my time and energy goes into this stuff and there isn’t any doubt that I spend way more time on the business side of Rails… than in code these days.

I just got an email from Nathaniel to let me know that his proposal was accepted.

So, if you’ll be at RailsConf 2007 (US), come see me on The Business of Rails panel session.

The following people are planned to be on the panel.

Moderator: Nathaniel Talbott, Terralien Inc.

Panelists include:

  • Justin Gehtland, Relevance, LLC
  • Geoffrey Grosenbach, Topfunky Corporation
  • Andre Lewis, earthcode.com
  • Joe O’Brien, EdgeCase, LLC
  • Robby Russell, Planet Argon, LLC

I hope that you all send Nathaniel some great (and tough) questions… ;-)

RailsConf, day 1

Posted by Fri, 23 Jun 2006 21:22:00 GMT

5 comments Latest by mikael Gyde Møller Sat, 24 Jun 2006 20:24:03 GMT

Rails and Database Schemas

This morning, David Thomas opened up the conference by pointing out three problems that Rails needs to solve. The one that hit home for me and my love of databases… especially monolithic legacy ones… was his first bullet, “Data Integration.” Natural keys, composites, automatic AR relationships with reflection, and non-database backends. He didn’t mention stored procedures… I’ll have to ask him about that. ;-)

Shared Hosting and Rails

I’m currently sitting in Topfunky’s talk, “Rails Deployment on Shared Hosting”. He had a few funny slides… yes… deployment on shared hosting can be painful. We’ve been working with our customers to ease this problem as much as possible by collaborating on the PLANET ARGON Documentation Project. He also suggested that people consider a VPS, which is a very viable option… if you have the time and patience to setup the server. The pains of regular shared hosting are a big concern especially if you have a mission critical business application. This is why we moved towards our Rails Business Hosting plans and are working out the details for yet another step above in terms of cost and reliability. Stay tuned for more details…

I’ll post more notes later…

A tough decision

Posted by Sun, 18 Jun 2006 07:06:00 GMT

2 comments Latest by Jacob Harris Sun, 18 Jun 2006 17:59:40 GMT

Due to some fairly complex personal issues that have surfaced in the past week or so, I finally decided that I needed to cut back on a few of my professional engagements. This morning I made the decision that I will not be able to speak at RailsConf. I’m still going and plan to have a blast but I haven’t had the mental capacity all week to finish preparing for the talk and it was causing me quite a bit of stress. We all have our limits and I decided to side with personal sanity. :-)

Chad said they’ll make it work out and I’ll be more than happy to talk about legacy integration with Ruby on Rails while at the conference.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m human and can’t work like a robot. ;-)

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… :-)

Register Now!

Speaking at RailsConf 2006

Posted by Thu, 16 Mar 2006 23:24:00 GMT

1 comment Latest by Rick Martinez Fri, 17 Mar 2006 19:23:34 GMT

While talking to a client in our office this afternoon… I glanced at my email and it seems that I got accepted to speak at RailsConf 2006! About ten minutes later… Jeremy said that he also got accepted to speak at RailsConf!

We’re also speaking next month at Canada on Rails. :-)

The title of my talk is… “Sneaking Rails through the (legacy) System.”

How are we getting there? By train of course!