Overheard from the first two days of Ruby on Rails Bootcamp

Charles Brian Quinn

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Oct 9, 2007

Overheard from the first two days of Ruby on Rails Bootcamp

The following quotes were heard during the first two days at the Big Nerd Ranch Ruby on Rails Bootcamp, here in Wiesbaden, Germany. They could have been said during the super-intensive course or during the hands-on building of a fully working sample application. Or maybe during the wine-tasting….

“Today has probably saved me about 2 to 3 weeks worth of work….”

“They watched as a wild boar jumped across the river, 3 times, back and forth, and then they knew. This was the spot!”

“has_many :through [the ActiveRecord construct for creating a join table] has actually been problematic for many Rails developers, because they can’t rely on the conventions to name it for them. They actually have to think of a name for the table! gasp!”

“There are only two things I hate in this world. Those who are intolerant of others, and the Dutch.” [someone poorly quoting Austin Powers Goldmember]

“Ich wiess nicht! No se!” [I don’t know!]

“Actually, you see all this code? Well, you don’t even need to write any of it. If you use the Rails conventions, you get all this for free.”

“Sure, I’ll have another tasting of the Kloster Eberbach Reisling Kabinett Trocken.”

“If Ruby on Rails and your Database had a little instant messenger chat, it might go a little something like this….”

Mark Dalrymple

Reviewer Big Nerd Ranch

MarkD is a long-time Unix and Mac developer, having worked at AOL, Google, and several start-ups over the years.  He’s the author of Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, over 100 blog posts for Big Nerd Ranch, and an occasional speaker at conferences. Believing in the power of community, he’s a co-founder of CocoaHeads, an international Mac and iPhone meetup, and runs the Pittsburgh PA chapter. In his spare time, he plays orchestral and swing band music.

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