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EuRuKo 2009 (Barcelona’s Edition)

Posted by javier ramirez on May 12, 2009

What a fantastic weekend it was.

I met interesting people, I learnt a bunch of new tricks, I had fun in the talks (and out of them too!), and it didn’t rain so we could hang out of the citilab building between sessions. win, win, win.

As you know I was a part of the organization, together with Aitor García Rey, David Calavera, Emili Parreño, Fernando Guillén, Jaime Iniesta, Jorge Cangas, Juanjo Bazán, Marcelino Llano, Miquel Oliete, Raúl Murciano, and Xavier Noria

It’s a real shame Aitor and David couldn’t attend finally due to personal issues, so they couldn’t receive the applause of the audience by the end of the conference. A big part of it belongs to them :)

Being a part of the organization it would be inelegant to say how good the event went, so let me just skip that part and go directly to my personal impressions.

If I had to provide a one-liner as a summary it would go something like “Everybody was as cool as everybody else.. and that was actually so cool!”.

Let me ellaborate on that for a while. We are software developers, and so we are divas at heart (I know I am one for sure). We have attitude, lots of attitude :) Some of us love to be at the spotlight, and others really enjoy to play the chamaleon and blend with the environment… but deep down we all have a lot of attitude and that shows in our disposition to work, in our way of coding, and in so many other things.

In the recent bob-against-giles debate, that kind of attitude was referred to as “arrogance” when talking about the smalltalk/C++ guys. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all against generalizations -positive ones too- so I will not say everybody in those communities was arrogant. I would say it was a huge minority indeed. But.. the arrogance was there somewhere in those groups. And it is in so many facets of the software world. The rockstar developer myth.

And I thought that kind of arrogance existed in the Ruby community -whatever community means anyway- too. And I was proved wrong! There I was hanging around with common people, down to earth, as humble as you get.. and then I was shocked to know those people were actually developers like Mislav with so many world-level plugins, or Aslak contributing to the revolution of testing, or Tomasz doing black magic with code at the rythm of the metal, or Pratik and Xavier working in the shadow so we can get the best documentation ever, or Martha who knows so many things about so many subjects and delivers great presentations, and so many others. Not to mention the great Matsumoto San.

I was so surrounded by talent! and I couldn’t see even a single trace of rock star attitude… no looking down, no anything.. just openness and curiosity and a helping hand. And that ROCKS!

So, there.. that’s my summary of EuRuKo 2009. Sure there were also cool talks (and great delicious fantastic lighting talks!), and there was lot of partying, but you already knew that because it’s all documented in the euruko bot :)

What a fantastic weekend it was. Long live EuRuKo

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Speaking at EuRuKo 2009

Posted by javier ramirez on April 23, 2009

It’s only two weeks for EuRuKo 2009, the most important Ruby conference in Europe.

As you probably know, EuRuKo is a grassroots itinerant conference, entirely organized by -and for- Ruby developers. This year, the conference will be held in Barcelona, and I have the honor of being a -tiny- part of the organization as a member of the Spanish Ruby Users Group, the local group preparing the event.

It’s also pretty cool that ASPgems is one of the sponsors. I cannot help but feel a tang of pride (awww, the diva in me ;) ) when I see the commitment and support of the company when it comes to community events.

The list of scheduled talks looks promising. Starting with Matz’s keynote there will be sessions about things like cross-platform mobile development, voice-enabled applications, interacting with MIDI instruments from Ruby, Image processing and other non-typical uses of Ruby. They have the sweet scent of EPIC WIN all over.

Did you take a look at the list of talks? Any familiar names? Well.. yours truly’s talk proposal was accepted and I’ll be speaking about game development using Ruby and Gosu. How cool is that?

I’ve been speaking at other technical events before, and I have a good deal of experience in training, but this will be the first time I do this in English. I’m sure it’s going to be an enriching personal experience.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

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