Session

Building Community-focused Apps with Rails

Dan Benjamin

Date: Friday, May 18
Time: 10:45am - 11:35am
Location: Oregon Ballroom 201

All the cool kids are building Web 2.0 apps, and all of those apps seem to focus on social media and community. Cork'd and the upcoming improvements to A List Apart are no exception -- they focus on providing tools that make it easy for their users to share data.

So what goes into making a successful community-focused web app? Is it the design, the code, or the subject matter?

While there is no "magic formula" one can use to guarantee their app will be the next big thing, any app has the potential for real success. This talk will discuss the key areas developers, designers, and business people need to focus on in order to build a community web app with the possibility to succeed, while pointing out some potential pitfalls to avoid along the way.

We all know that it's better to implement a handful of things very well (iPod) rather than a bunch of things in a limited or mediocre way (Zune). This talk will cover these issues and provide real-world examples from sites like Cork'd, A List Apart, and others to demonstrate how we, as developers and designers, can create a foundation that users will come to trust by providing a natural flow and an overall application that "just works."

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