Gary Haran on Prototype
I would like to see a followup to this presentation, with more advanced prototype stuff and a how to properly write a class.
Francois Beausoleil on Piston
Francois is the author of Piston and presented it in a very succinct way. It’s a tool to help you manage your svn:externals (you probably have a few in your plugin directory). I like it: simple tool that solves a very real problem (breaking your deployment because a remote repository is down).
James Golick on make_resourceful and shoulda
James presented two useful plugins. make_resourceful is like dynamic scaffold for restful controllers on crack. It has a whole bunch of callbacks and things to override to easily customize parts of the controller. shoulda provides lots of test helpers, helpers for validation, model association and restful controllers. That last one is a really nice complement to make_resourceful.
Montreal on Rails is a great initiative. It’s great for the presentation, the networking and it’s gonna help the raise the level of expertise of everyone involved. I heard lots of people talking how they started using things they heard about in past presentations. There’s so many plugin out there today (there’s almost too many) that every edition should have a 15 mins presentation where someone presents 2-3 plugins. See you all next time!
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