Anthony Eden is the founder of DNSimple and the perpetrator of numerous open source projects such as erl-dns, ActiveWarehouse and Rails SQL Views. Anthony has also contributed to a wide variety of open source projects over the past 17 years as a software developer, using multiple languages including Java, Python, Ruby, Clojure and Erlang. Anthony has spoken at various conferences in the US and Europe on topics such as Ruby, Rails and various software development techniques and best practices. Anthony currently lives near Montpellier, France.
Rails: Still the Best Framework for BootstrappingWatch the video
This year we launched a new product in 6 weeks - from initial commit to accepting customers. We could have used a number of languages to build KBSimple, but we chose Rails to bootstrap it. The reason is simple: Rails is still the best framework for bootstrapping new web applications.
In this talk I'll go through the 6 week evolution of the product, talk about the various gems and techniques that were essential in reducing the amount of time it took to launch, and talk about some of the challenges we faced along the way.
Build and Test APIs with Ruby and Cucumber (2011)Watch the video
Web apps are hot, web apps with APIs are even hotter. These days popular sites are opening up more and more of their functionality via web APIs and you should too. This talk will cover how to develop web APIs with Ruby, either using Rails or Sinatra. It will also cover how to test those APIs with Cucumber.