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Barcelona, BaRuCo & Boat!

Last week was sponsored by the letter B for Barcelona, BaRuCo and, well, Boat :> Below you can find a sum-up of the best moments our guys experienced during the 2-day Ruby conference in sunny Spain.

Last week was sponsored by the letter B for Barcelona, BaRuCo and, well, Boat :> Below you can find a sum-up of the best moments our guys experienced during the 2-day Ruby conference in sunny Spain.

Tomek: Baruco 2013 was the best conference I attended in the last year, hands down. The world-class lineup resulted in no presentation leaving me disappointed.

The first day started off with presentations about ruby’s internals and the future of the language. Vincent Marti made an interesting point why we should care about alternative implementations of ruby - in fact it inspired me to add jRuby and rubinius to CI builds of the gems I contributed to.

Sandi Metz talked about rules and why are they important in code and teams, even without authority. Finally Avdi Grimm delivered an excellent talk, focusing on pair-programming and sharing joy of coding in ruby :)

Second day has begun with a wonderful keynote by Paolo Perrotta talking about how progress works and how the community should embrace it, ending with a memorable quote - ‘strong opinions, weakly held’. Charles Nutter presented the plans for JRuby development, which I hope will be soon complete enough to replace MRI. If you’ve seen one of Aaron Patterson talks before, you know he’s a great speaker - he should try doing stand-up comedy :D

Adam: Starting from an audio-visual scenery & intro movie, through fantastic job of dr Nic - the master of ceremony, till the presentation by the Matz itself (hey mate, many thanks for your creating a new language called ruby 20 years ago! I can enjoy my job thanks to that!) - the entire conference’s been a great experience.

Amazing speakers who focused on how great & supportive ruby community is, only confirmed my belief that choosing ruby as a career path was the right thing to do. Apart from technical talks, we could also hear about more ‘social’ topics - which is great, especially as it allows us to keep in mind that our life and work don’t boil down to merely writing code. Technical talks - held at a very high level - focused on showing how to keep your code in fine condition, allowing a smooth, low WTF-level, takeover. You could also really feel in the air the trend that pair programming is the way we code these days.

If I’d have to point to one presentation, my choice would the one by Aaron Patterson - simply a piece of a great show, combined with the problems of everyday life. A new term that I’ve learned: “yak shaving” can be illustrated like this.

And the the entire presentation is available at: https://speakerdeck.com/tenderlove/yak-shaving-is-best-shaving

Marek: Just as Adam already mentioned - Aaron has completely upstaged other talks. And all of them were really well prepared! Let’s just say, that even though WiFi hasn’t survived, the talks were so engrossing that the lack of the Internet wasn’t that burdensome. On the basis of content, I’d recommend presentations by Sandi Metz, Corey Haines and Katrin Owen - about rules, patterns & thinking about the future maintainers of your code.

Least but not last, the sunny city of Barcelona is a great place to be in itself, so we already can’t wait for the BaRuCo 2014! See you around next year! And remember boys & girls - in order to be a successful ruby developer you need to own a cat (or two!)

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