Cascadia Ruby Conference Registration Open!

September 9, 2017

Just got this email from the Cascadia Ruby Conference list:

Big news! We’ve opened registration. Early bird tickets are available
for $300 until Midnight, May 31, PDT. Regular registration will be $400,
and available until July 25th at Midnight PDT. After that you’ll be out
of luck. To register:

As a small aside, we know that some of you may think it’s strange to
open registration before the program is announced. Rest assured that
you’ll have at least six weeks to register after we’ve finalized the

And finally, a related reminder: our CFP is open and we’re looking for
great talks. If you’re interested, head over to:

The CFP will remain open until May 15th and Midnight PDT. As always,
keep your eyes on our site and @cascadiaruby for updates.
If you don’t know what Cascadia is, you can check out the Cascadia Ruby Conf website and if you’re in the Vancouver/Seattle area, definitely sign up and join us!

Anyone Interested in

September 9, 2017

Almost a year ago I had a grand idea to create a site that could become a canonical source for Ruby Idioms, and grabbed, pointed it to this site, and proceeded to not be able to find the time do do much more than a skeleton rails site.

The renewal for the domain is coming up now and I have still not yet done anything with it, so maybe someone out there in the community can do better than me.

If you’re interested in doing the site, or getting the domain, please contact me at either @arcterex or by email at alan @ Hopefully the domain will do someone in the Ruby and Rails community some good!

Ruby and Rails on Windows Finally Simple?

September 9, 2017

Remember a bit ago when Wayne E. Seguin of RVM Fame (I think he should legally change his name to that BTW) was hired by Engine Yard to do, among other things, help get Rails working properly on Windows? Well, looks like in only weeks of work, there is now Ruby and Rails on Windows in a Single, Easy Install.

If this works as advertised (haven’t had a chance to test it yet), then this is huge in giving Ruby on Rails a big edge into the Windows world, and eliminates the need for such hacky (sorry Curtis) solutions like this, previously the “best” way to run Rails on Windows 🙂

Not only that, but this gives Rails on Windows almost the same advantage it has for development on Mac and Linux: stupidly low barrier to entry. Rails has always been easy to program in, but you had to get it up and running first. On Mac it’s been included in the OS for a few versions of Mac OS, on Linux it’s been as easy as “apt-get install rails” (or equivalent), and now on windows it’ll be as easy as “go to, download and clicky clicky”.