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I'm Ryan Lowe, a Software Engineering graduate living in Ottawa, Canada. I like agile software development and Ruby on Rails.
I write this blog in Canadian English and don't use a spell checker. Typos happen.
» Full-time Ruby on Rails freelancer
» Full-time with Rails since May 2005
» Former committer for RadRails (now Aptana)
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3. Layered Genealogy family history research
4. foos for foosball scoring
5. fanconcert for music fans (on hold)
Hiring Rails developers? I can telecommute by the hour from Ottawa, Canada
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# SAP TechEd '06: Itinerary Notes
Unfortunately I didn't have time to type this out longhand, these are just my rough notes of what happened. This is probably a better format anyway!
Sunday, September 10th
Friday, September 15th
# Ruby on Rails and RadRails at SAP TechEd '06 Las Vegas
I've been invited by SAP to speak about Ruby on Rails and RadRails at SAP TechEd '06 Las Vegas in just over a week. I've never been to a tech conference, let alone spoke at one but I have been to Las Vegas before. I'm a bit nervous but definitely looking forward to it.
I received the invitation from SAP through the RadRails team, which I just joined in June. Kyle and Matt (of RadRails) are in Switzerland working for IBM and can't attend the Las Vegas conference, so they asked me if I'd be interested. Kyle and Matt will be attending the SAP TechEd '06 in Amsterdam in mid October.
It looks like I'll be speaking for about 20 minutes plus a 10 minute Q&A: giving an introduction to Ruby on Rails and then a demo of RadRails to show it off. If you're attending the conference and you'd like to hear about anything specific in the presentation, leave a comment here and I could include it. I'll be giving this presentation many times, so keep your eye on the schedule.
I'm sure I'll be available to talk about Ruby on Rails and RadRails when I'm not presenting as well. I think there will be an area for me to setup and talk to people in person. I'm excited to have the opportunity to get more people hooked on Rails, so feel free to drop by.
My goal is to represent the Ruby on Rails and RadRails communities as best I can because I enjoy using them both in my work. I am certainly open to suggestions from the communities regarding the best ways to do this.
How am I qualified to talk about Ruby on Rails and RadRails at a conference? That's a fair question I think. I'm a Software Engineering graduate from the University of Ottawa and full-time Ruby on Rails consultant.
On the Ruby on Rails side, I am not on the Ruby on Rails core development team nor have I submitted patches to Rails yet -- but I have been using Ruby on Rails since May 2005 full time and I keep up with the community. I've worked on a variety of websites/webapps since 1996 and I've done lots of DHTML, PHP and ASP in the past. But I enjoy Rails above all else because of its pragmatic stance and its encouragement of good software engineering practises.
On the RadRails side, I've been an Java/Eclipse/RCP developer for a few years and I brought that experience to help the RadRails team, first by creating Ant build scripts to automate their build process. Next I'll be introducing some other best practises, like unit testing and continuous integration, to help make RadRails an even better product. Of course I dogfood RadRails with my Rails consulting projects.
Need a Ruby on Rails consultant? I'm based in Ottawa, Canada and I'll be available for telecommuting work. You can email me at blog(at)ryanlowe(dot)ca.