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April 17, 2008

RailsConf 2008 Largest International Gathering of Ruby and Rails Developers: New Community Project Code-Drive Challenges Hackers

Sebastopol, CAŚRegistration has opened for RailsConf 2008, scheduled for May 29 through June 1 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Copresenters Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media have announced the program, which combines keynotes, sessions, tutorials, panels, and events in an interactive meeting ground for the innovative Rails experts and companies. The conference provides attendees with examples of successful business models, development paradigms, and design strategies to enable mainstream businesses new to the Web and Rails to take advantage of this new generation of services and opportunities.

Program chair Chad Fowler has introduced a new event, Community Project Code-Drive, on the conference's first day. Project leaders and like-minded developers can spend the day hacking together, after project owners pitch their projects and attendees organize themselves into groups to work on those projects. "I'm always looking for ways to get humans together for meaningful and potentially lasting interactions at our conferences. So we're trying something new this year during the tutorial day. It happens on the first day of the conference on purpose, so the work can continue for the rest of the conference. My hope is to bring project owners/committers together with aspiring contributors and bring more people into the fold of projects which need help," Fowler says. "Think of it as a room full of code sprints happening all at once."

In addition to this project, tutorials led by experts fill the conference's first day, Thursday May 29.

Jeremy Kember and Kent Beck have joined the keynote speakers. More sessions scheduled for the remainder of the conference, May 30 through June 1, include:

Sponsors include Engine Yard, Sun Microsystems, FiveRuns, GotThingsDone.com, ThoughtWorks, Atlantic Dominion Solutions, Code Gear, E-xact Transactions, EnterpriseDB, GemStone Systems, Heroku, Morph Labs and New Relic.

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