People to Snub in San Diego
Well, Dan Berger has posted his short list of people he wants to talk to at the Ruby Conference next month and I have inexplicably been overlooked. I have therefore started a little list of my own, with the people I plan to snub next month:
- Dan Berger
It shouldn’t be hard to avoid him, what with the expected 195 attendees milling around. It’s a little surreal to imagine that many people turning out for a Ruby Conference.
Back in 2001, barely a month after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I drove my new Honda CR-V down to Tampa, Florida to attend the first-ever Ruby Conference. I was going to make a presentation on FXRuby, a new GUI toolkit for Ruby. There were probably only about 40 people in attendance, which made for a very relaxed setting (in the best sense). Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt (the authors of Programming Ruby) were there, and meeting them was like meeting a couple of rock stars. I think that was the conference where Nathaniel Talbott gave a presentation on Lapidary, a unit testing framework for Ruby that eventually morphed into Test::Unit. Ryan Leavengood gave a presentation on a sort of packaging concept he called “Ruby Gems,” that petered out but was reborn a few years later at the 2003 Ruby Conference in Austin. Matz was there, and I think David Black, Chad Fowler, Avi Bryant, and some other folks I didn’t know but have gotten to know better over the last few years. It’s interesting to reflect on how much has changed since that time.
A side note: I also recall that in a separate conference room, across the hall from ours, a precious gems dealer had set up a table with his wares. I wondered if he had mistakenly assumed that the focus of our conference was the other kind of ruby. 😉