Friday, September 19, 2008

AgileScotland: More congrats & ScotlandOnRails: Call for proposals

Hi Everyone,

First, my congratulations to AgileScotlander Graeme Brown who's thesis has been selected for the APM's "Recognition of Student Success" event later this month.  Graeme's thesis looked at Agile in distributed environments and I thought it was excellent.  I learned a lot from reading it and talking to Graeme, so I'm pleased that he's going to run through his work at our next meeting which will be sometime in December or January.

Second, the clever folk who organised this years very successful ScotlandOnRails conference are kicking off the 2009 event with a call for proposals.  Details below.



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26 - 28 March 2009


Last year over 100 attendees and speakers from around the UK, Europe and US came together in Edinburgh for what keynote speaker and RailsCore member Michael Koziarski recently described on stage as "the best small conference" he'd attended.

Scotland on Rails is pleased to announce the Conference will be running again in 2009 and the call for proposals is now open.

The venue is the same, University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls, but the dates are a week earlier.

Thursday 26 March will be the charity tutorial day – a whole day tutorial in Ruby and Rails taught by RailsCore alumni and iPhone programmer Marcel Molina Jnr and long-time Ruby programmer, Pragmatic author, and jazz saxophonist Chad Fowler.

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March will be the conference proper. We have already confirmedMarcel Molina Jnr and Giles Bowkett for the keynotes, and are now soliciting session proposals.

We are hoping for a mix of new and experienced speakers, targeting both new and experienced Ruby programmers. All sessions on Ruby, Rails, or associated technologies and techniques will be considered. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • experience reports
  • scaling
  • security
  • testing techniques
  • alternatives to the normal Rails stack

Please send submissions as plain text attachments to We will be manually checking and acknowledging submissions – if you do not hear anything in 24 hours chase us up.

The closing date for submissions is December 1st 2008.

—Paul, Graeme and Alan

p.s. If you are interested in sponsoring Scotland on Rails 2009, please