TITLE: Some Final Thoughts and Links from JRubyConf AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: May 29, 2012 2:44 PM DESC: ----- BODY: You are probably tired of hearing me go on about JRubyConf, so I'll try to wrap up with one more post. After the first few talks, the main result of the rest of conference was to introduced me to several cool projects and a few interesting quotes.
I may be female and a minority here, but I'm way more like everybody in here than everybody out there.Increasing diversity means making programming accessible to people who wouldn't otherwise program. Regarding agile development, Sarah reminded us that agile's preference for working code over documentation is about more than just code:
Working code means not only "passes the tests" but also "works for the customer".... which is more about being the software they need than simply getting right answers to some tests written in JUnit. Nate Schutta opened day two with a talk on leading technical change. Like Venkat Subramaniam on day one, Schutta suggested that tech leaders consider management's point of view when trying to introduce new technology, in particular the risks that managers face. If you can tie new technology to the organization's strategic goals and plans, then managers can integrate it better into other actions. Schutta attributed his best line to David Hussman: