Merb Camp 2008

Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008

A few weeks ago, I got to attend Merb Camp on the UCSD campus.  For those of you that haven’t heard yet, Merb is a new web framework written in Ruby, which many consider to be the spiritual successor to Rails.  Essentially where DHH (creator of Rails) professes that “the Rails way” is the way to go, Merb takes a much more Linux-style approach in figuring that individual components of the framework should be swappable for others with as much ease as possible.  Equally as important, Merb is thread-safe, allowing it to scale much more easily than Rails.  I haven’t yet gotten to cook up any releasable projects with it, but I’m very excited to get going on it.

Anyway, Merb Camp had ~150 attendees at the CalIT2 building.  We were also joined by hundreds more that were watching the live webcast from all over the world and participating in the discussion via IRC.  When the Q&A sections after each talk happened, I volunteered to read out the questions that came in via IRC, so that our international guests got a chance to be a part of the fray.  Once we got to the Merb Team Panel discussion on Day 2, I was asked to moderate the panel.  The video has since been posted on the Merb Camp Video section of the site.  Here is the direct link to the panel video where you can see me in impromptu action.

All in all, it was a very fun conference, where I got to meet all kinds of developers from all over the world.  I can’t wait for the next one!


Matt Aimonetti

November 6th, 2008 at 10:47 pm
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Hey Marc, thanks a lot for your help and participation.