Day 1 of RailsConf 2008 was basically tutorial day (schedule) and started with my colleague here with me, Arun, missing out on Yoga on Rails and me sleeping until the first tutorial session. Anyway, I snapped some photos while trying to remain the unobtrusive tourist.
Here's a shot of Portland Convention Center where it's all happening:
There're queues for collection of badges after registering your attendance:
Patience in the queue rewarded me with a RailsConf badge/name tag:
I was at the Meta-programming Ruby for Fun & Profit tutorial in the morning. I think when I selected the tutorial it was before I'd seen Neal Ford and Patrick Farley's (the speakers) presentation videos from elsewhere - I know Patrick presented at MWRC and enjoyed that video.
So anyway, after the break I went over to the Refactoring Your Rails Application tutorial. Was pretty good, but I didn't learn much I didn't already know.
Lunch came in the form of a pretty box:
After lunch was the 2nd tutorial session and I went to both CI for the Rails Guy (or Gal) (by Chad Woolley) and Developer Testing Tricks (by Brian Takita). There were some scathing comments about how the tutorials were rather underwhelming so far in #railsconf on IRC. While I agree that the tutorials were rather underwhelming, I think I should have expected it. Oh well, I'll know to skip them next time.
Later that night, at the Birds of a Feather session, after stealing a Pivotal Labs t-shirt (they're launching a bug tracker, project management type app called Pivotal Tracker at RailsConf), Yehuda Katz (Merb and jQuery ninja) gave a presentation on Merb (geared towards Rails folks). It was a pretty interesting talk though there wasn't much above what Ezra had presented previously at GoRuCo 2008 and at MWRC 2008 (I think Yehuda did one too but I can't remember where now). Yehuda pointed out a (heated) discussion that happened recently on keeping Merb syntax as Rails-friendly as possible. I have no objection against a different syntax really, especially since Merb looks pretty well-documented in the source itself - would be nice if someone could point out an up-to-date Merb tutorial though.