Ruby on Rails
First of all, I want to apologize to Mr. Braithwaite because I won't write a thorough review about the subject and the content of his talk (like I tried to do for the previous ones).
When the presentation began, I had the same position as before: laptop on my knees, lid half closed on my hands to minimize lights in the room, ready to take notes. After a couple of minutes my notepad document was still empty... I closed the lid.
This was very interesting and then I said to myself, you worked hard during the day to take notes to all the presentations, you deserve it: sit back and enjoy. And I swear that's what happened, ask Mr. Pawwrééé!
It was a very friendly talk made by a humble man who knew its subject by experience (not by heart). So it felt like we were at a private unplugged concert with random chats between tunes. Ok this is my opinion. But an opinion based on two things: the purified slides were there to support the talker and not the opposite and, it wasn't a Ruby step-by-step approach. In fact, it was not all about Ruby.
The talk was more oriented on metalinguistic abstractions. I guess some programming languages are more friendly to adopt this concept, hence the use of Ruby? But again, I'm only guessing because I was pretty neophyte with both of those things. I agree, those who wanted to learn Ruby or learn cool tricks to do with it could be a little disappointed... but you can learn those things at home don't you?
So you see... I won't explain in details what's metalinguistic abstractions and how it is implemented in Ruby. You can google it and find more informations about it if you're interested. Even today, I can go through the slides and sometimes I can't remember what was being said on some of them. Maybe because I have absolutely no idea what the titles are about!
I'll leave you with the cliché sentence, "you had to be there"
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