by Jay Fajardo
It was explained to us that Red Dot is the moniker given to the tiny city state of Singapore by its citizens. It turns out, when you look for the country on a world map, it’s shown as a tiny red dot.
reddotrubyconf was held on April 22 and 23, 2011, at the Singapore Management University. Being the south east asian region’s first ever Ruby conference and so close to home, Jason Torres and I joined a large group of PhRUG members and flew to Singapore.
As anticipated, the conference had a more intimate attendee size which gave everybody a high value experience as we all got the chance to meet many rubyists and rub elbows with some industry rockstars like Ruby creator Yukihiro Matz, the Pickaxe Book author Dave Thomas, Github co-founder Tom Preston-Werner, and Envylabs founder Greg Pollack.
Awesome talks from the first day were had by all as Matz gave the ‘keynote’ and Dave Thomas explained how Ruby really evolved from the best of many languages. Ian Mcfarland of Pivotal labs gave a talk about Agile the Pivotal Way (which I swear I’ve seen more times than I really need to).
That night, we all trooped to the Pigeonhole for PechaKucha where Manila based Steven Talcott-Smith gave a talk on his work-in-progress unified equation offered as a middle ground project estimation method. He places it somewhere between the from-the-hip approach and a painfully thorough story creation process.
The most energetic and (I believe) the most meaningful talk of the night was from pinoy rubyist Bryan Bibat. Bryan gave a compelling (ahem… love your own fellas) account of his continuing adventures evangelizing Ruby in a 3rd world country like the Philippines. Bryan sure made us pinoy rubyists proud that night.
Catch Bryan’s presentation with a full transcript here.
The 2nd day was a blast as well, where many speakers hurriedly rushed to creatively modify their presentations to include some not so subtle ribbing on Pivotal Labs. For some reason I can vaguely remember now, Pivotal (and their “way”) came of as a hard sell for the audience and the speakers.
The most ingenious was Greg Pollack‘s where he somehow managed to integrate a back masked message in his deck. Pivotal is Evil flashed for a split second between the back masked slides.
All tongue in cheek though.
The most memorable one in my book though was Tom Werner-Preston‘s presentation on git‘s innards, most particularly the intro about Github. It had a lot of slides of beer, beer on tap, and beer drinking.
That evening, they bought the beer at Uluru. Jason and I went home at 3am I think.
Since Github bought beers, I made sure to get some major action going on my Untappd check ins that night.
Thanks to Ed of Engineyard who bought a round of beers as well. His T-shirt says No ticket? It didn’t happen. Take heed.
Needless to say, we all had a blast and can’t wait to come back next year. Hope to see these guys again on May 19 at the monthly PhRUG meetup.
Until then, Semper Fi, do or die.