LA Ruby Conference: Where Is My Scalable API?

Alena Vasilenko

During February 21-23, 2013, California became a residence for hundreds of Ruby enthusiasts who came to attend the Los Angeles Ruby Conference. Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin was selected as the venue for the conference, so drive, beauty, and technology of this place permeated the air and created a special vibe.

As usually, the participants could network to discuss the latest frameworks and exciting real cases, as well as learn how to increase productivity of Ruby-based apps with Ruby-compatible tools. During the lightning talks, the speakers also covered refactoring of large apps that feature complicated business logic and demonstrated how to build recommendation systems using Ruby.

Altoros could not stand aside and joined the Ruby wave. Juan Pablo Genovese, a passionate Ruby developer who has been working with this language since 2006, left Altoros’s office in Argentina and rushed to the City of Angels. He had a rather intense schedule, since he was in on all the three days, contributing as a coach and a speaker.

Juan Pablo came up with the session “Where Is My Scalable API?” in which he dwelled on reducing cloud infrastructure costs through using Goliath, a non-blocking web server.

According to the feedback received from the audience, about 98% of the people present didn’t know about Goliath and Juan Pablo was actually educating them.

The L.A. Ruby conference is also notable for people who come to share their experience and pick up a couple of fresh ideas. “I got to meet and talk to Jim Weinrich, Ron Evans, Corey Haines and more BIG Ruby guys. I was kind of nervous when I saw them in the crowd, but well…I was there and I wasn’t going to back down”, Juan Pablo said.


Mentoring a two-day workshop

On February 21, the L.A. Ruby conference started with a two-day workshop. What is extremely good about this event is that here the participants could not only get some theoretical knowledge but practice new tools under the mentoring of more experienced colleagues.

Juan Pablo Genovese, a Ruby developer at Altoros Argentina, arrived to the Holiday Inn Media Center in Burbank, California, where the workshop took place on Thursday morning. As a mentor, he helped the attendees to try A/B testing methods, as well as such tools as Goliath, Httperf, and JMeter. As Juan Pablo commented everything that was going on “We were learning how to test your web app to death”.

On February 22, the participants could attend a free workshop organized by RailsBridge, a non-profit organization that contributes into diversity of Ruby community. This organization helps groups of people that are underrepresented in the community to master Ruby to build a well-balanced Ruby world. Juan Pablo was invited as a mentor to share his rich experience.

This time, the workshop was targeted at ladies. The only way for a guy to get there was to bring a woman who wants to learn Ruby. “When we started, most of the ladies could not write any single line of Ruby code”, Juan Pablo said, “but, by the end of the day, together we have managed to develop a Ruby on Rails-based application, test it, and deploy it to Heroku. Pretty impressive!”

Juan Pablo liked the idea of such educating events so much that he decided to organize something of that kind in Argentina. As usually, the end of the event was celebrated with beers, clinking to Ruby prosperity.

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