Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MWRC Mini-Interview: Jeremy McAnally

Since the MountainWest RubyConf speakers have been announced, I’ve started to do some mini-interviews with each of them. This interview with Jeremy McAnally is the first. By the way, you can read more interviews with Jeremy here or here—you can also pre-order his book, Ruby in Practice, from amazon.com.

Why should people be interested in your ‘Deep Ruby’ talk?

Jeremy “Deep Ruby” is going to give attendees a solid primer for the rest of the “dynamic feature” focused talks. It’ll be a high level discussion of the dynamic features, the terminology, and give attendees a little of the “flavor of Ruby.”

Which other talks are you most looking forward to?

Jeremy I’m looking forward to most of the talks, but especially the talk on DSLs and Datamapper. I’m really excited to see more obscure topics getting exposure at the conference level.

What do you see as the big benefit of regional Ruby conferences?

Jeremy I love the regional conference for a lot of reasons, but the biggest reason is size and community. The small size lets you talk to nearly everyone at the conference, and if there’s someone there that you really want to talk to (for me that was Bruce Tate at the Ruby Hoedown), they’re far more accessible at the regional conference than at something like RailsConf.

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