Saturday, March 20, 2010

Top-notch Ruby on Rails training - extremely low price - Edinburgh, March 25th.

The Scottish Ruby conference is long sold-out but there are still a few spots for locals to get some world-class Ruby on Rails training ... really cheap.
My recommendation: even if you can't get your boss to pay for this, take holidays and pay the £75 from your own pocket.  If you are inquisitive and into coding then you'd be made to miss this.
Clarke writes:
>The pre-conference Scottish Ruby Conference charity tutorials, held in Edinburgh on Thursday 25 March, are a great chance to acquire or augment your skills while also supporting a well-deserving charity.
Being both rapid and test-driven, Ruby on Rails is very much an Agile framework in an Agile language.  Popular with start-ups and gaining traction in The Enterprise, demand for Rails programmers is growing.  The Scottish Ruby Conference charity tutorial is a great and affordable opportunity to bootstrap your Ruby skills: for a full day's Ruby tuition all that is asked is a £75 donation to the Children's Hospice Association Scotland.
The  introductory course is being run by experienced Rubyist, Keavy McMinn for those new to Ruby and/or Rails. This covers the getting an application up and running, as well as going beyond the basics into adding more advanced features like Ajax.
For those who are currently familiar with Rails, Joe O'Brien will be running a refactoring workshop.  Taking a poorly written code-base, participants will learn to identify various code smells, and how to transform ugly code into beautiful code by applying standard refactorings.
Places are limited.  Sign up using the link below
Make your donation to CHAS here:

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Free Agile & Lean Training ...

Hi everyone,

Last summer Rob Lally and I ran a few very well received "Intro to
Lean and Agile software development" training days. They were free for
any victims of the recession and about £30 each for people in work. We
had some excellent feedback and we made some good friends. We promised
to run more ... but then work commitments, the weather, and such, got
in the way.

Now that the winter is (nearly) behind us, I'm thinking of doing the
same again but this time instead of daytime sessions we'll run them in
the evening so that they suit people (like us) with day jobs. That'll
mean we have 3 or 4, 2 hour sessions spread over 2 or 3 months. Once
again we will keep the price down low enough to cover expenses of the

If you are interested in attending [or contributing to] something like
this then send me an email ( and I will see
what I can do. Please feel free to forward this note on to your
friends and colleagues.

Clarke Ching,, 07920114893
Author of Rocks Into Gold - An Agile Parable and - coming soon -
Rolling Rocks Downhill - An Agile & Theory of Constraints Business