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Oct 20, 2011

RuPy 2011 - Strongly Dynamic Conference

Last weekend (14-16 Oct 2011) I've attended RuPy (Ruby + Python), a strongly dynamic conference held in Poznań (Poland) and organized by GIK Association. I had a great opportunity to share RedTurtle's "Pyramid and Plone" integration use case with wider audience. It was truly an open source event and a great opportunity to meet geeks from the Ruby community. 

Conference venue It was RuPy's 3rd 4th edition and apart it was the biggest (ca. 300 attendees) I must say - it was the best (I was attending all previous editions). The GIK have chosen Poznań International Fairs as the conference venue which was a damn good idea. During 3 days of the conference there was ca. 30 events (talks, workshops and sprints). Most of them was related to Ruby which is a problem each year. Getting more support from Python community is highly appreciated! 

fancy speaker feedback system What I think is notable is the speaker feedback system. Each room had 3 containers marked: :-) :-| and :-(. After each session the speaker was receiving his anonymous feedback from the audience. From the speaker point of view (so also mine) it's surprisingly easy and gives you great opportunity to check if what you've just said wasn't a completely bullshit. What I would suggest is to make bigger effort in promoting it after each talk.


Interesting talks

my subjective list of notable talks

Programmer Anarchy

by Fred George


Writing your own programming language

by José Valim


Tradeoffs and Choices: Why Ruby Isn't Python

by Yehuda Katz

I didn't find the slides but I hope RuPy team will publish them soon. In the mean time - short abstract:

"When a Pythonista first dives into Ruby, he is confronted with a strange and unusual world. Multiple kinds of functions, implicitness everywhere, violations of the Zen of Python galore! In this talk, Yehuda will talk about the tradeoffs in Ruby's language design: why, in many ways, Ruby couldn't be more like Python even if it wanted to."

Summary

Conference venue It was an amazing weekend with some interesting discussions with people from Python and Ruby world. Thanks RuPy, hope to see you next year!

Last but not least the organization committee followed best practices and shared their website source code to wide public.

 

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