DIV-itis Talk Comes to NovaRUG

The kind people at NovaRUG have invited me to deliver my RailsConf talk on June 29th at NearInfinity in Reston, Virginia. I’ll be updating and greatly expanding the coverage of the talk, since we have a lot more time. I’ll get a decent presenter example worked up for you all as well.

If there are any things you’d like to see in the talk that I didn’t cover before or tools you think I should cover, feel free to email me or leave a comment here.

RailsConf 2010 Talk and Slides

My RailsConf talk Curing DIV-itis with Semantic HTML, CSS and Presenters went off great, with a standing room only attendance and some great questions. I apologize for not having a decent presenter example in the slide deck. I was concerned about hitting my time limit with the slide count (but ended up coming in around 30 minutes instead).

You can get the slides from either the link above or here (9.7MB PDF)

RubyConf 5k Site Live

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Chad Fowler asked me to put together a quick site for the RubyConf 5k that will occur during Ruby Conf in San Francisco in November. If you’re there, please think about running, as it benefits Leukaemia and Lymphoma research. Need to get up to 5k from walking up the stairs making you winded? Look at Chad’s link that he sent me: Couch to 5k

MacRuby Site Live

The new MacRuby website is alive and kicking with a new look and feel (courtesy of me) and a nice Webby-based backend (courtesy of Rich Kilmer).

Webby is a Ruby framework that allows the user to work with model files to build a static site. We have a lot of helper methods and ERB that ends up dumped out as HTML when we run the deploy command. It’s similar to WordPress in that way, and it is a phenomenal tool for building static sites that feel dynamic. While it does support things such as HAML and SASS, we relied on good old Textile to get the job done.

The site is run without a database. It uses structs and helper methods to generate everything. For example, if Rich wanted to add someone to the “Project Team” list, he would simply update the Ruby array of people objects and the helpers loop through and make it all nice and styled. There was more info presented on this page initially, being the name, URL, focus and company affiliation, but it was simplified down for some of the presenters. The Special Thanks are handled in the same way.

We’ve been very happy to see some of the recent press about MacRuby as well. If you haven’t seen it, please check out:

Upcoming MacRuby Implementation to be Substantially Faster (at ArsTechnica)

InfoEther Website Launch

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For those of you who don’t know, I started working at InfoEther last fall as their UI/UX/Design guy. One of the floating projects I had been tasked with was the redesign of the InfoEther company site. In light of getting me back into Ruby on Rails, they also decided that I should be the one to code it.

The site is done and up and will probably expand as we have time and new things happen. Now it’s off to work on wireframes for our new product.

You can see the site at infoether.com.

RubyConf Design

The website for RubyConf has gone live. I did the design for my friends at InfoEther. I’ll be down in Florida for the event (baring unforeseen circumstances) but will not be talking. I’m not the Ruby programmer you may think me to be. I make pretty pictures for Ruby programmers. And dabble a bit when i have time with archaeopteryx and MaxMSP.