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Alex Coles

Alex unabashedly wears the hat of ‘generalist’. He is active in the Ruby community, having founded the annual eurucamp camp/conference and JRubyConf EU. He has also contributed extensively to many open-source projects including OpenProject, RefineryCMS and DataMapper.

“Quiet and versatile Rubyist: using the tools you’ve got”

There are times when we can work with the technologies we love. And there are times when we have to work with WebSphere and Oracle. The virtues of being opinionated have been extolled since the inception of the Rails framework back in 2005. Sometimes though, it’s necessary to be pragmatic. This talk will feature not only Ruby but also the technologies we hate to work with, the technologies that seemingly only exist to keep consultants and IT departments in work.