Joe O'Brien: Ruby, The Agile Language

Joe O'Brien: Ruby, The Agile Language

Ruby and the Ruby on Rails framework have received a lot of attention in the development world as of late. What was once thought of as a language for hobbyists and startups has been shown to provide tremendous value in the business world. Just as Agile development has been extremely successful in the enterprise by decreasing time to market and increasing the ROI. This talk will walk you through a brief history and description of the language, show some of the newer items that make it extremely relevant in the enterprise today, and talk about some case studies of companies who have benefited from this language and framework.

About Joe


Joe is a father, speaker, author and developer. Before helping found EdgeCase, LLC, Joe was a developer with ThoughtWorks and spent much of his time working with large J2EE and .NET systems for Fortune 500 companies. He has spent his career as a developer, project manager, and everything in between. Joe is a passionate member of the open source community. He co-founded the Columbus Ruby Brigade and helped organize the Chicago Area Ruby Users Group. His passions are Agile Development in the Enterprise, Ruby, and demonstrating to the Fortune 500 the elegance and power of this incredible language. He has spoken at countless regional conferences, many national ones, such as RailsConf, RubyConf, MySqlConf, SDWest, internationally and hosts the conference on enterprise ruby, erubycon ( He has also trained many teams at organizations such as the LA Times and AT&T Interactive as a trainer with the Pragmatic Studio.

Joe’s company, EdgeCase are a team of talented software artisans with individual expertise in areas such as usability, security, enterprise application integration, and business analysis. EdgeCase has recently opened a UK office in Edinburgh.

When and Where?

8th October 2009: 7:30 PM.

Edinburgh Training Centre. 16 St. Marys St Edinburgh, EH1 1SU. Google Maps link

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