Twitter presents opportunities for trying things differently. With the MountainWest RubyConf coming up, I wanted to interview some of the speakers — this proved to be my chance to try things differently. I like the way it turned out.
It was kind of like doing an interview in the hall at RubyConf and having other hackers join in the fun. While I'm sure it wasn't for everyone, I liked the way it turned out and will probably do some more interviews this way in the future. Let me know what you think.
David Brady I was completely blown away by MWRC last year. I learned twice as much as I did at RailsConf, for a tenth the cost. Also, people look at single-track conferences like it's a compromise. It's not. 1 track means 1 back channel, 1 coherent group. MWRC had more IQ per dollar than a yugo full of rocket scientists hauling a sled full of border collies. [tweet tweet tweet]
Kirk Haines I'll give you my answer to that. Last 2 years it has been well managed & interesting. I expect the 3rd year to be the same. [tweet]
David Brady TourBus is a web load-testing tool that balances scalability and complexity. It's important because your app doesn't scale. [tweet]
Kirk Haines Hmm. I sent a much more detailed description. So, my talk: An overview of Vertebra, and then drilling down into some of the the interesting Ruby problems & the solutions to them. [tweet tweet]
Kirk Haines Building a communications core to handle fault tolerant XMPP communications in a transport-flexible way, without going insane from trying to manage a sea of threads, mutexes, special cases, etc. The solution involves an evented core w/ all segments of work encapsulated in slick little deferrable objects. It's pretty cool. [tweet tweet tweet]
David Brady Honestly the thing I look forward to most is the hackfest. Another reason to love 1-tracks: you all conf, then you all go hack. As for the content, I'm excited by the "focused passion" of the talks: Wii's, Craftsmanship, Rhodes, Cucumber, etc. Lastly, I'm a bit of a hero worshipper. I'd pay to hear James Edward Gray, Jim Weirich or Jeremy McAnally talk about oatmeal. [tweet tweet tweet]
David Brady Not a clue. One of my Resolutions is to ship code every single day. Currently I'm into nanoapps, so six weeks is a LONG way away. [tweet]