Two new interviews with Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson

MySQL developer Lenz Grimmer has a quick chat with David for the MySQL developer zone.

Also, has a long and insightful interview. David explains how 1.0 should have really been 2.0, what the continuum of database evil entails, why Rails is useful for the enterprise and the joys of aesthetic moments with Ruby. It’s a laundry list of David’s ideology, all in one place. A window into the culture and personality driving Rails.

Choice excerpts:

  • I am not a vendor. I don’t work on Rails to please other people, I work on it to please me. That’s the beauty of open source. I’m free to make technology choices unrestricted by legacy or ill-advised customers. If you don’t “buy” Rails, it’s no skin off my back. There are plenty of people who do buy it because they share the priorities presented.
  • So if labelling me “crazy” helps you ignore the disruptions Rails is bringing to the table, I say go for it. Maybe that’s an accurate label for me in the current situation you’re in. And if there’s no interest or ability to get out of that situation, it’s probably best to write me and Rails off as crazy such that you can head into work with a smile tomorrow.
  • Once a high-level component becomes big enough to be interesting, it’ll take more work to configure it than it would take to build just what you needed from scratch.

Should be required reading for anyone interested in Rails.

Rails training opportunities in Europe

In the next few months, our friends over in Europe will be getting several opportunities to attend Rails training courses.

For those looking for longer, more intensive training, April brings two options.

  • Chad Fowler, author of the new Rails Recipes book, will be offering a comprehensive Rails course April 10th-14th in London through Skills Matter. Chad has deep knowledge and experience with Ruby as well as Rails. His workshop provides particular attention to how Rails uses the strengths of Ruby to its great advantage. Seats are going for £1,500. Register

How long before Dave Thomas and Mike Clark bring their Pragmatic studio over to Europe?

Rails training is spreading.

Book: Ruby for Rails available via Manning Early Access program

Long time resident mentor on ruby-talk and Ruby Central co-founder, David Black, is just finishing up a book that should be of special interest to those whose first Ruby experiences are coming by way of Rails: Ruby for Rails – Ruby techniques for Rails developers.

The book will be available in stores at the beginning of May. Meanwhile you can get chapters one at a time, as they’re completed, through the Manning Early Access Program.

Check it out.

RailsConf sold out!

We warned you it was going to happen, and lo, in less than a week, RailsConf has SOLD OUT.

All told, 400 people signed up. In October, RubyConf was capped at 200 and sold out as well. The year before that, we had about 70 people. Ruby and Rails are “so hot right now”.

Canada on Rails is here too

In the flurry of enthusiasm over the official RailsConf, Canada on Rails seems to have been a bit forgotten. It’s going down in Vancouver on April 13th and 14th. I’ll be speaking there, so will Thomas Fuchs (Mr. Scriptaculous), Dave Astels, David Black, and many other Rails celebrities. Do check it out too. We know that you can’t get enough of Rails anyway, so two conferences should be all the double fun.

Testing the view with Selenium

Selenium enables you to test the view by driving it through a real browser. This allows you to test that your application works correctly in multiple browsers and that the Javascript functions as intended. Very nifty stuff.

And Jonas Bengtsson just made the use of Selenium with Rails all the much easier through the new Selenium plugin. This removes the drudgery of setup and makes it silly simple to get started.

RailsConf: <strike>65%</strike> 80% of the seats sold!

RailsConf was announced less than a week ago and the seats are going faster than snappy quick. Of the 400 tickets for sale, 265 were gone as of this morning. That’s 65% sold or just 135 left.

I’d be very surprised if we still had any tickets left by the end of the week. This is shaping up to be the exclusive event of the year, so if you don’t want to regret participating in that, you’d better secure yourself a ticket before it’s too late.

The conference panel is currently judging the more than 80(!) talk proposals and the final schedule will hopefully be announced some times next week.

UPDATE: 80% of the tickets are now gone.