Railsconf 2011: Conversations with David Heinemeier Hansson, David Chelimsky, Gregory Brown, Dr. Nic, Gregg Pollack and more!

Sad you are not back at RailsConf 2011? Fear not, by the power vested in my camera that was duck-tapped to my broken tripod, I interviewed as many people as I could before my batteries ran out …

Is David Heinemeier Hansson planning to stop programming soon? What’s the secret of how Ruby on Rails got so big? How strong is the community and how will it be kept alive and growing for the next ten years?


David Chelimsky is the lead developer and maintainer of Rspec, the behavior-driven development tool that’s the go-to for many a Rails project. He’s also author of ‘The RSpec Book’ and I was lucky enough to be able to ask him some questions about test driven development and its future.


Gregory Brown is a past Ruby Hero circa 2010. Sounds cool right? Well if you want to elevate your Rails-fu to the next level he’s developed an online school with Jordan Byron called Ruby Mendicant University. Who is this aimed at? How’s it best to learn this stuff? How can I find out more?


Steve is a newly minted Ruby Hero. He tells the story of how he took over the Hackety-Hack project from why the lucky stiff. What’s that you say? If you’re not in the know, it’s a great way to learn Ruby straight from your browser. Also Steve talks about native client programming on the desktop with shoes.


Dr Nic talks about his plans for world domination and covers the main difficulties faced by the developers including how to pronounce DHH’s name. A fun conversation covering a wide swath of topics including the maturity of Rails, hosting, and we get to see the first video of an actual RailsConf garbage collector in the background half way through!


Gregg Pollack had a pedagogical epiphany and now wants to create a team of the best technical screencasters in the world. He’s the founder and CTO of Rails Envy,¬†well known for his great PC vs Mac spoof videos (check them out here) and has branched out into providing great educational tools for learning Ruby on Rails. Learn more in the video then check out his site www.codeschool.com


What’s a conference without us real people? I grabbed attendees pretty much at random to get a feel for what they are working on, and outside of all the free tee-shirts and bags, find out what else they were taking away from the conference.


Last but not least, here’s the great-great-great-grandfather of the killer-robots that will keep us for pets if we’re lucky. For those pedants out there, I’m defining “lucky” as “having the ability to program in the favorite language of the killer-robots, Ruby on Rails!”. Enjoy :)

Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Jeff Blasius

March 28, 2011  |  Featured, Mobile  |  No Comments

Part 1: SeeClickFix transforms slacker-citizen into super-citizen. You can report and fix those annoying urban blights that are common everywhere except Switzerland (or, so I’m told). But what’s under the hood? Or in technical speak, what happens when you integrate a Ruby based web application to a mobile application available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry? Jeff Blasius, CTO introduces both himself and his company.


Part 2: When developing for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry, what are the top cross-platform development tools? What are the differences and “gotchas” when developing with these systems versus developing in a native language? Jeff Blasius uses his considerable expertise to explain the different possible approaches to developing mobile application using Appcelerator and other cross-platform tools.


Guess what? Parts 3 and 4 are up!

Mobile Development: Conversations with GameChanger CTO Kiril Savino

January 13, 2011  |  Featured, Mobile  |  No Comments

Welcome to Eye & Mind! We’re happy to announce our new blog that features an interview each week with different tech personalities and entrepreneurs. Usually we’ll be posting one part at a time, but for the launch we’re rolling out all four of our series with Kiril Savino on mobile development. Enjoy, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

In Part 1, Kiril Savino of GameChanger, introduces himself and provides an overview of how his company provides mobile apps that replace pencil-and-paper scorekeeping for amateur sports.


Part 2 of our series: In this interview, we focus on the challenges of developing a mobile application. What are the differences between web application development and mobile development? What are the main constraints when dealing with a mobile app?


Part 3: This part of our conversation focuses on the economics of mobile app development. How much does it cost to develop an mobile application? What types of applications can be done on what kinds of budget?


Part 4: In this part we discuss how to pick the right platform. How to choose between a mobile website or a mobile app? What is easier to develop: iPhone, Android or Blackberry?