Rails conf 2011

Posted on 17 May 2011

Streaming it live is great. Quite impressed at how well I can watch a conference in Baltimore from the corner of a desk in London and actually feel like its working.

There does seem to be a lot of quotation from ‘popular philosophy’. Do we have to pretend that post modernism has anything to do with web frameworks, just because we read a pithy quote about prepositions, that we thought defined post modernism? Or maybe we could have actually read some post modern philosophy, and wondered what on earth they are talking about. Oh, and inclusive attitude to dependencies and configuration replacing the original essence of convention. I see, well, that’s about as much about postmodernism as Alanis Morissette is about irony.

On the plus-side, I’m rewarming to rails, and while 3 is looking great, I’m interested to see 3.1, and rather hoping that it doesn’t disappear too much up its own behind. After all, contrary to the popular impressions, ruby on rails did not invent everything, and could do with a little bit more of a connection to the rest of the world’s frameworks. Hopefully keeping it anchored in the existing paradigm might just keep it learnable for experienced programmers coming from other worlds.

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