Speakers

James Adam

James has been coding with Ruby since mid-2001, and Rails has been paying the bills for almost two years. In addition to this, he's the developer behind the Engines plugin, author of the 'Rails Plugins' PDF book, and one of the developers behind the upcoming Rails Plugin Repository. James is one of the primary instigators of LRUG and has presented to Rails developers in Vancouver, London and most recently Santa Clara, where he unleashed the now-legendary "Acts As Hasselhoff" plugin. He has remained in hiding at his home in London ever since.

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Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey is a Senior Computer Scientist in Adobe Systems’ Consumer Hosted Applications and Online Services group. He currently builds web applications, services, and infrastructure, using the coolest technologies including Rails and Apollo. In the past, Chris has developed portal software, worked on Photoshop and other Adobe applications, and implemented fun stuff around embedded web browsers. He enjoys learning new technologies, stirring things up at Adobe, and a few things other than software. Chris currently lives in Eugene, OR, with his wife and two kids.

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Scott Barron

Scott Barron (htonl) was set to swear off computers forever and become a plumber when Rails was released. He immediately found salvation in the warm embrace of Ruby and has never looked back. He is a Rails Core Committer and currently practices Rails by working at Joyent.

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Matthew Bass

Matthew Bass is a freelance software developer who has been enjoying the freedom of Rails for two years now. He provides consulting services to startups and small businesses, and has more recently begun "homesteading" by deploying small web applications with the goal of targeting niche markets and creating passive revenue streams. Before Rails, Matthew could be spotted programming in Ruby, Java, and .NET at places like SAS Institute, the world's largest privately owned software company. He is a Terralien crew member and also co-organizes the Ruby Meetup in his home town of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Stephen Becker

Stephen Becker IV is a Cancer with a a smooth demeanor and a voice like velour. His turn-ons are long walks on the beach, futurama and all night caffeine induced bing programming sessions. His turn-offs are stupidity and the lack of velour clothing currently in stores. Presently working for Vonage as a rails developer in New Jersey.

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Dan Benjamin

Over a lifetime of computer use, Dan Benjamin has been intimately involved with every aspect of computers, working with the Web since its earliest beginnings to evoke its true potential as a communication, business, and data-transfer medium. Through years of hands-on experience as developer, systems analyst, designer, network engineer, and application architect, Benjamin has developed an expansive and deep knowledge base that crosses conventional disciplines. His specialty is integrating and leveraging traditional and cutting-edge technologies, and acting as an effective leader to assure success across the board. His other specialites include Internet technologies, application development and architecture, web development and design, team and project management, network engineering, pre- and post-sales support/engineering, e-business and e-commerce, vendor relationship management, public speaking, and technical writing.

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David A. Black

David Alan Black David A. Black is a long-time Ruby and Rails programmer, author, and trainer. Active in the Ruby world since 2000, David is the author of Ruby for Rails: Ruby techniques for Rails developers, from Manning Publications. He has co-organized numerous Ruby/Rails conferences and spoken at conferences and Ruby/Rails users groups in the United States, Canada, and England. David is the chief author of Ruby's standard scanf library, and the author and maintainer of the official Ruby Change Request site.

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Julian Boot

Julian Boot has over a decades experience designing, building and delivering Internet applications and protocols. As a senior consultant with ThoughtWorks, Julian has worked for the last four years on large and small projects developing pragmatic strategies for measuring the performance of web applications. Julian is currently working in Sydney, Australia as a Product Manager for ThoughtWorks Studios, the product development division of ThoughtWorks.

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Tim Bray

Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary project at the University of Waterloo in 1987-1989, co-founded Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq:OTEX), launched one of the first public web search engines in 1995, co-invented XML 1.0 and co-edited "Namespaces in XML", founded Antarctica Systems (antarctica.net), and served as a Tim Berners-Lee appointee on the W3C Technical Architecture Group (http://www.w3.org/2001/tag) in 2002-2004. Currently, he serves as Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems, publishes a popular weblog tbray.org, and co-chairs the IETF AtomPub Working Group.

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Avi Bryant

Avi Bryant Avi Bryant is the co-CEO of Dabble DB, a Vancouver startup focused on web-based data management and collaboration tools. He is the author and maintainer of the Seaside web application framework, and is active in the open source Squeak Smalltalk community.

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Jamis Buck

Jamis Buck Jamis Buck has been working with Rails since 2004, and with Ruby since 2001. He's a member of the Rails core team, the author of Capistrano, and has contributed several libraries to the Ruby community, including Net::SSH and the sqlite and sqlite3 bindings. He currently lives in Caldwell, Idaho with his wife and two children.

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Gary Burke

Gary Burke Gary founded TuneCore with CEO Jeff Price in 2005, was a developer and architect at eMusic.com from 1999-2002, and developed intranet web applications for corporate clients such as CVS/Pharmacy and SpinART Records.

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Hampton Catlin

Hampton Catlin Hampton Catlin has been developing web applications since high school and recently fell in love all over again with the web when he found the Ruby on Rails platform. Before that, he helped develop a distributed data crunching system to help Nasa analyze satellite weather data. More recently, Hampton is the inventor of the Haml markup language, Sass (Haml for CSS), and the LetIt::REST Rails modules. He is also co-author on the "Beginning Rails" book by Apress. Hampton is currently a developer at Unspace Interactive in Toronto, Ontario.

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David Chelimsky

David Chelimsky

David Chelimsky is the lead developer of RSpec and also leads software development at Articulated Man, Inc. in Chicago, IL, USA. Prior to joining Articulated Man, Chelimsky taught and contributed to the development of courses in OO Design, Test Driven Development, and Refactoring with Object Mentor, Inc.

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Mike Clark

Mike Clark is an independent consultant, author, trainer, and programmer. He's the co-author of Agile Web Development with Rails, author of Pragmatic Project Automation, and co-teaches Pragmatic Studio: Ruby on Rails. He helped build one of the first commercial Rails applications and continues working on other Rails projects through his company, Clarkware Consulting.

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Jonathan Dahl

Jonathan Dahl is a founding parter at Slantwise Design. He has been the lead Rails developer at Slantwise since Slantwise moved to Ruby on Rails in June of 2005. During that time, he has worked on approximately 15 Rails apps. Jonathan co-founded the Ruby Users of Minnesota group.

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Anthony Eden

Anthony Eden Anthony Eden has been developing web applications for 10 years, first with Perl, then Java and now Ruby on Rails. Anthony has developed numerous open source projects over the last 5 years in both Java and now in Ruby. Anthony is currently the technical lead for the Camber Asia-Pacific development team.

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Dirk Elmendorf

Dirk Elmendorf Dirk J. Elmendorf is one of the co-founders of Rackspace Managed Hosting and serves as Chief Technology Evangelist. He serves as a research and development leader, helping to develop and evaluate the new products and services he promotes in his evangelical role.

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Thomas Enebo

Thomas Enebo Thomas is a core developer of the JRuby project and he is also an employee of Sun Microsystems. Tom has been using Java for over a decade and Ruby over half a decade. At Sun, he is working to make JRuby a piece of software that will capture the hearts and minds of Ruby and Java developers everywhere. Tom is also working to make Ruby a first-class citizen on the JVM. Tom, along with Charles Nutter, will be writing a book on JRuby this year.

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Jay Fields

Jay Fields is a software developer at ThoughtWorks. He is a early adopter who is consistantly looking for new exciting technologies. His current passion is improving the testing aspects of Rails applications. Jay has developed in several languages professionally; however, his current focus is delivering software using Ruby and Rails.

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Chad Fowler

Chad Fowler Chad Fowler has been a software developer and manager for some of the world's largest corporations. He recently lived and worked in India, setting up and leading an offshore software development center. He is co-founder of Ruby Central, Inc., a non-profit corporation responsible for the annual International Ruby Conference and The International Rails Conference, and is a leading contributor in the Ruby community. Chad is a contributor and editor for numerous books and is author of My Job Went to India (and all I got was this lousy book): 52 Ways to Save Your Job and Rails Recipes.

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Alan Francis

Despite buying a first edition of the first edition of the Pickaxe, Alan Francis is a recent Ruby convert, after years in the salt mines of C++ and Java. He's been involved in Extreme Programming and Agile Methods since we called them lightweight. He's worked for ObjectMentor and ThoughtWorks, and now independently, delivering Agile teams for clients like AOL, Coca-Cola and JPMorganChase.

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Ze Frank

Ze Frank Ze Frank (pronounced “Zay”) brings audiences an experience they will never forget, a truly entertaining and yet insightful look at how technology and creativity intersect, especially in web design, marketing and new forms of media. He has become a staple at such annual technology events as Pop!Tech and the TED Conference. Ze has unique experience doing new media design and marketing for important customers, helping them understand viral marketing and the contagious media in which it takes place, and to think about creative development in general. He spent two months in 2004 as Artist in Residence at MSN, helping them develop strategies for creating online community spaces—his specialty. Other clients include Leap Productions, National Geographic, Absolut vodka, Lotto and Bennington College. He teaches a graduate course on The Creative Act at New York University.

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Thomas Fuchs

Thomas Fuchs Thomas Fuchs, based in Vienna, Austria, has been building web applications since 1996. Before becoming a partner and CTO at wollzelle, Thomas architected and lead the implementation efforts for various web applications and enterprise database systems for Austrian companies in the health-care, energy and logistics domains.

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Justin Gehtland

Justin is a founding partner in Relevance, a conulting and training organization focusing on Ruby, Rails and Ajax. He is the coauthor of Rails for Java Developers, Pragmatic Ajax, and five other books, and was a contributor to the second edition of Agile Web Development with Rails.

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Gabriel Gironda

Gabriel Gironda is a Web Developer at Fairfield Language Technologies, developers of the Rosetta Stone. Gabriel originally hails from Sydney, Australia, but now lives and works in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and is having a grand old time. His interests include Rails, Ruby, and far too many kinds of music.

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Geoffrey Grosenbach

Geoffrey Grosenbach Geoffrey Grosenbach is the host of the official Ruby on Rails Podcast (http://podcast.rubyonrails.com) and PeepCode screencasts (http://peepcode.com). He has taught people of all ages in the USA, Canada, UK, Taiwan, and Australia. His open source projects have been featured in "Rails Recipes", "The Ruby Cookbook", and "The Rails Cookbook". He operates the Topfunky Corporation as a Ruby on Rails consultant (http://topfunky.com).

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Jeff Hardy

Is Jeff Hardy a problem-solver or an artist of his craft? Yes and yes. A longtime entrepreneur, Jeff joined Unspace after his passionate affair with Ruby on Rails became too much to keep to himself. Like fingers on a fretboard or feet on a skateboard, Jeff loves Ruby on Rails for its ability to express human instruction beautifully and directly. For Jeff the equation is simple: less code equals more happiness: more happiness equals more productivity! Jeff is currently co-writing a Rails book for Apress.

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Erik Hatcher

Erik Hatcher Erik Hatcher co-authored Lucene in Action and Java Development with Ant. He has spoken at numerous conference and symposiums worldwide, including OSCON and EuroOSCON. Most recently he has been integrating the blinding speed of Lucene (via Solr) with the simplicity of Ruby on Rails to build Collex, a folksonomy grounded scholarly tool.

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Christopher Haupt

Christopher Haupt is Director of Engineering for Consumer Hosted Applications and Online Services at Adobe Systems. He and his team build web services, Rich Internet Applications, and online infrastructure for Adobe using Rails, Flex, Apollo, and other cutting edge technologies. Christopher architected and built Adobe's Digital Imaging online services platform used in the Photoshop family of products. He is a practitioner and coach of Agile methodologies and believes passionately in using the best tools for the job with great teams in a fun work environment.

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David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson David Heinemeier Hansson is a programmer and evangelist of Less Software. He's the creator of applications like Instiki, Basecamp, and Ta-da, and works with the open source community and design extraordinaires 37signals. Since its release in late July 2004, he's also been leading the development of Ruby on Rails, a web application framework and environment for building real-world applications with joy and less code than most frameworks spend doing XML sit-ups.

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Evan (Rabble) Henshaw-Plath

Evan Henshaw-Plath is the co-author of the upcoming book Testing and Debugging Ruby on Rails from O'Reilly. He was the lead developer and architect of the podcasting site Odeo.com, one of the first high profile rails sites to launch. He works on many ruby on rails sites as a consultant for scalability and test coverage. Evan maintains blogs at anarchogeek.com and testingrails.com

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Jason Hoffman

Jason Hoffman is the CTO and co-founder of Joyent. He was also a co-founder at TextDrive. Jason has BS and MS degrees from UCLA, a PhD from UCSD and has backgrounds in cancer biology, bioinformatics, grid computing, distributed systems and collaborative applications. Joyent has been in the business of hosting applications since 2004, and via it’s TextDrive hosting product was the first to ever support Ruby on Rails applications. Joyent also developed some of the first production Ruby on Rails applications, which every month handles more than 100 million emails, 150 million unique web hits and manage terabytes of data.

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Christy A. Horn, PhD

Christy Horn, PhD is the Executive Director of the Great Plains Accommodation Technology Institute, co-directs the Center for Instructional Innovation and is known internationally for using technology to accommodate individuals with disabilities in the classroom and the workplace. She founded University of Nebraska (UNL) Services for Students with Disabilities and is University's ADA/504 Compliance Officer.

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Amy Hoy

Amy Hoy is well-known (possibly infamous) for her Ruby on Rails-oriented blog and shiny Rails cheat sheets. An almost immediate convert after stumbling onto Rails in November of 2004, she has attempted to inform and amuse others on the same path. She continues to pursue that goal through _Ruby on Rails Right-Brained Guide_, her long-in-coming book for Pragmatic Programmers. In addition to 24 glorious months of Rails (and a RailsDay grand prize win), Amy can lay claim to six years of PHP development experience and eight years of web design experience. In her day job, Amy guides the interface and iteraction for a web-based product developed in Rails.

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Devon Jones

Devon Jones has been building enterprise web applications for persnickety customers for almost a decade. A native of Denver, Colorado, he recently found himself moving across the country to Holmdel, New Jersey to become the Architect of Web Systems at Vonage.

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Rob Kaufman

Rob was a software engineer by birth. No really he was raise by a Systems Engineer who wanted there to be at least on competent programmer out here. He started wielding Ruby code behind the scenes at a fortune 500, where they still haven't figured out how he was so productive. These days he makes his home in San Diego, and loves working for Mingle, where they actually encourage his desire to test first instead of just looking at him quizzically.

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Adam Keys

Adam is a software developer from Dallas, TX. He’s been working on a book about Web Services and Ruby that he hopes to finish before the galaxy collapses on itself. He also writes on his weblog, The Real Adam on topics ranging from celebrity rumors to Ruby and microformats. When not writing bios in the third person, Adam volunteers for dog rescue and as a feral cat caretaker. In general, Adam also likes to crack jokes and make those around him laugh. Its a curse.

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Richard Kilmer

Richard Kilmer Richard Kilmer is the founder of Virginia-based software and services company InfoEther, Inc.. His background includes peer-to-peer software, wireless web, workflow, and pen computing. His current projects make production use of Ruby on several DARPA research projects. He is an active member of the Ruby development community working on Alph, FreeRIDE, RubyGems, RubyJDWP, Jabber4R, and hosts RubyForge.org.

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Jarkko Laine

Jarkko Laine Jarkko Laine is one of the earliest Rails evangelists in Europe, with more than two years of experience in teaching and giving talks about Rails. He wrote Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional together with Christian Hellsten and is the founder of the Finnish Rails user community. He currently works as a senior developer for dotherightthing.com, a site for rating and discussing the social performance of world's businesses. In his freetime, Jarkko runs through forests like a gnu and writes about anything he finds interesting on his weblog at jlaine.net.

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Max Lansing

Max Lansing is a developer of XUL and Rails-based applications at Trigger Consulting in San Francisco, where he also occasionally works on Ma.gnolia. Previously, Max wore a multitude of hats as part of A9.com's geo team, in support of the now-defunct BlockView project.

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Brian Leonard

Brian Leonard Brian Leonard works as a senior software engineer with Sun Microsystems. Most of his experience is with Java application servers, working on Java EE servers before there was a standard. Lately, Brian has switched gears to evangelize Sun technologies, where he now spends a good majority of his time getting to discuss Java, Ruby and Ruby on Rails with developers around the world.

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Andre Lewis

Andre Lewis

Andre Lewis has been working with technology for nine years. His background is in consulting with Accenture, where he implemented enterprise systems for telecoms. In February 2006, Andre left his role as Director of Product Development at SV Technology to become a one-man Rails consulting shop. You can follow his work at earthcode.

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Robert Martin

Programmer since 1970. Published dozens of articles, is a regular speaker, author of: Designing Object Oriented C++ Applications using the Booch Method, Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices, UML for Java Progammers. Editor-in-chief of the C++ Report. First chairman of the Agile Alliance.

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Joe McGlynn

Joe has more than 20 years experience in software development and has served in senior manager positions at several prominent commercial software companies. At CodeGear, he has been responsible for the development and delivery of multiple versions of the company’s C++ Builder and JBuilder tools as well as the new CodeGear Ruby on Rails product.

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Patrick McGovern

Patrick is a recognized expert on building, managing and driving participation of online communities. Patrick is leveraging his experience to create a global Splunk community of IT professionals sharing knowledge and learning from one another. Prior to joining Splunk, Patrick oversaw SourceForge.net, the world’s largest open source development website.

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Nick Merwin

Nick has been a freelance web developer for around 5 years now, with a BS CSCI from the University of Southern California. His current project is gearhippo.com

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Cyndi Mitchell

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Dan Moniz

Dan Moniz, an independent security consultant, is a former member of The Shmoo Group and current contributor to Hundrad. He has spoken at security industry conferences including Defcon, ShmooCon, ToorCon, The Intelligence Summit, and The Black Hat Briefings in both Las Vegas and Tokyo. He has provided security training for audiences at global Fortune 50 companies. He previously held positions at Alexa Internet (an Amazon.com company), The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cloudmark, and Viasec. Dan has been using Ruby since January 2001 and discovered Rails in mid-2004. He maintains an active interest in web application security and the Ruby community.

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Charles Nutter

Charles Oliver Nutter co-leads the JRuby project and is one of the three core developers. He joined Sun Microsystems in September 2006 and has since worked to improve and advance JRuby and other dynamic language support on the JVM. Charles has developed in Java for the past decade as well as having written Windows and .NET applications and led the LiteStep project's rewrite in the late 90s. Before coming to Sun, Charles was a lead Java EE architect, and now hopes to make dynamic languages ready for enterprise Java platform development.

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Jonathan Palley

Jonathan Palley is the co-founder and CTO of Idapted - a startup developing a global oral English learning platform, built on Rails and Asterisk, that connects paid U.S. native speakers to students looking to develop oral language skills in Asia. The platform merges a voice and web-based experience and this talk will focus on the extractions from the platform that enable this convergence. Headquartered in China, Jonathan also built one of the first China based Rails development teams and wrote a cover story about Rails for China's Programmer Magazine.

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Alex Payne

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Tom Preston-Werner

Tom Preston-Werner is a web developer at The Active Network, where he heads up user interface development on the new active.com. Every month, Tom organizes meetings of the San Diego Ruby Brigade where he can discuss and explore ideas with other passionate Rubyists. As a member of Caboose, he actively participates in the future of Ruby on Rails. Tom is also well known as the creator of Gravatars (Globally Recognized Avatars), and continues to work towards innovations in online presence. Any of his extra free time is used to write Ruby libraries, or dabble in marginalized programming languages.

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Scott Raymond

Scott Raymond is a Rails developer at Firewheel Design, and lives in Kansas City. Besides participating in the framework's development, he has led international Rails training sessions, and was a presenter at RailsConf 2006. His book, _Ajax on Rails_, was published by O'Reilly in December.

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Robby Russell

Robby Russell Robby Russell founded PLANET ARGON in 2002, and it has now grown to be one of the most well-known Rails development, consulting and hosting firms in operation. He is also currently finishing his long anticipated book, Programming Rails, for the leading technical book publisher, O'Reilly Media. Robby is well known in the Rails community thanks to his popular Rails related blog, robbyonrails.com. When not in the office or traveling on business, Robby can usually be found playing music and has a few music projects in the works.

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Tammer Saleh

Tammer Saleh is an experienced Developer and Systems Administrator. He has worked for the NCSA, University of Illinois, Caltech's Earthquake Detection Network, and Citysearch.com - performing tasks ranging from Network Administration to designing Artificial Intelligence applications. In addition to his professional experience, he has developed the Migration Data Dumper and Acts As Graph plugins. He is currently working with the fine programmers at Thoughtbot Inc, for whom he wrote the Active Record LDAP server. More information about him can be found at http://www.tammersaleh.com.

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Ben Scofield

Ben Scofield has been building web sites and applications for over ten years. He’s currently a senior developer at Viget Labs, where he was the technical lead on Seth Godin's Squidoo.com (written in Rails-influenced PHP). He has been working with Ruby on Rails since early 2005.

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Britt Selvitelle

Britt Selvitelle is a Ruby developers whose most recent works include Userscripts.org and Twitter. He currently resides in the beautiful city of San Francisco, and spends most of his sparing freetime on his bike, or thinking of ways modern software can keep people intimately connected and inspired (no, this does not translate to working on dating sites). His blog is at lukewarmtapioca.com

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Steven Smith

Steven Smith Steven Smith is the Founder and CEO of FiveRuns, a venture-backed start up with the goal of bringing a simpler, smarter solution to the Systems Management market which has been stagnant for over a decade. Prior to FiveRuns, Steven was the CTO of Tonic Software and SVP of R&D at Neon Systems. He was also Founder and CEO of Relational Development, Inc., a software company specializing in System Management solutions from 1991 to 1998.

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Josh Susser

Josh Susser Josh Susser started his career working with Smalltalk in its glory days and never recovered from being spoiled so badly. Josh has done virtual machine development at Xerox (Smalltalk) and Sun (Java Card), was among the first to develop and sell product applications in Smalltalk, and has created distributed and component object systems using technologies from Smalltalk to C++ and CORBA. After more than a decade of suffering with C++ and Java, Josh has embraced Ruby as a superior alternative to hybrid languages and a worthy successor to Smalltalk. Josh now works at Powerset where he develops internal tools using Ruby and Rails. He also writes on Rails programming topics and keeps a popular weblog.

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Jeremy Sydik

Jeremy Sydik is the director of research technology development for the Center for Instructional Innovation (CII) at the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln (UNL). He developed the Maguro web framework in the late 90s and is currently developing CII's ThinkAboutIt critical thinking tool. Jeremy also works in the area of accessibility technologies for UNL's Accommodation Resource Center and Great Plains Accommodation Technology Institute. These efforts include expert systems for the matching of solutions to persons with disabilities and constructions of hybrid accessibility solutions. Jeremy's book on accessible web development will be published by Pragmatic Bookshelf in Fall 2007.

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Brian Takita

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Nathaniel Talbott

Nathaniel Talbott Nathaniel Talbott is President and Chief Bottle Washer at Terralien, Inc., a one-man, multi-person design and development consultancy that specializes in Ruby, Rails and helping people starting things. He's a big believer in selfish conference proposals, and hopes no one has questions for the panelists so he can ask more himself...

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Bradley Taylor

Bradley Taylor is the founder and owner of Rails Machine, a specialized Ruby on Rails hosting platform based on virtualization technology. Before founding Rails Machine, he worked as software engineer focused on web services, application servers, and object-relational databases in the area of Geographic Information Systems. He is the author of the mongrel_cluster and railsmachine Ruby Gems.

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Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas Dave Thomas has been writing software since the mid '70s, and hopes one day to get it right. In the meantime he and Andy Hunt run The Pragmatic Programmers, a consultancy that helps folks develop better software. Hunt and Thomas have co-authored The Pragmatic Programmer and Programming Ruby, and speak at conferences and give tutorials around the world.

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Brian Timoney

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Glenn Vanderburg

Glenn Vanderburg is an independent consultant focused on cutting-edge advanced development technologies and techniques, including Ruby, JavaScript, Ajax, and state-of-the-art development practices.

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Jinesh Varia

Jinesh Varia

Jinesh Varia is focused on furthering awareness of web services and inspiring developers to create innovative applications using Amazon Web Services. Jinesh also helps developers on a 1:1 basis and help them implement their own ideas using Amazon’s innovative services. You might find him at the local code camp and involved in all the geeky things that happen in Web 2.0 world.

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David Verba

David brings 15 years of development experience with both open source and more traditional technologies to Adaptive Path. In addition to the typical mix including Sun, Java, and Oracle he has many years of involvement with a variety of open source approaches including linux, perl, apache, mysql, postgres and now ruby and ruby on rails.

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Alex Verkhovsky

Alex Verkhovsky is a ThoughtWorker who knows the meaning of both words in "Enterprise Ruby". He has done billing and CRM implementations for large telecoms and energy companies around the world. Much of this time he was a system test team lead, which sometimes meant "the only person who understands complex integration scenarios in the production system." On the other hand, Alex is also Official Ruby Zealot of ThoughtWorks Canada, the benevolent dictator of the CruiseControl.rb project, the person behind Rails continuous integration build, and a co-author of one of the earliest open source Rails applications (RForum).

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Thorsten von Eicken

Thorsten von Eicken Thorsten von Eicken co-founded RightScale after spending 7 years at Citrix Online, where he was responsible for architecting and running the GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting products. Prior to that, Thorsten earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and spent 6 years on the faculty in Computer Science at Cornell University.

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Chris Wanstrath

Chris Wanstrath is a web developer for CNET Networks by day and an open source hacker by night. In the grey hours between the two he maintains a running commentary of Ruby and Rails known as Err the Blog. In a past life he worked on PHP sites such as GameSpot, TV.com, and MP3.com, but now lives happily as a Rails developer caring for CNET lifestyle properties, among them Chowhound and Chow.com.

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Evan Weaver

Evan Weaver is the founder of Cloudburst, LLC, a software consultancy in Wilmington, Delaware. Evan specializes in web design/development and bioinformatics. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, and is currently working on a large Rails project with CNET Networks. Evan also writes a popular Ruby blog (http://blog.evanweaver.com).

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Dan Webb

Dan Webb is a Web Application Developer and renowned JavaScript expert who spoken at @media 2006, RailsConf Europe and The Ajax Experience, written for A List Apart and Sitepoint and is a member of UK web design group, the Brit Pack. More recently, he's written the Low Pro extension for Prototype, co-authored the Unobtrusive JavaScript plugin and become a member of the newly formed Prototype Core Team. His blog is at danwebb.net

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Jim Weirich

Jim Weirich Jim Weirich is a software consultant for Compuware with over twenty-five years of experience in software developement. He has worked with real-time data systems for testing jet engines, networking software for information systems, and image processing software for the financial industry. Weirich is active in the Ruby community and has contributed to several Ruby projects, including the Rake build system and the RubyGems package software.

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F. Morgan Whitney

F. Morgan Whitney, Developerus Wackyius, is a mammal raised in Denver, Colorado whose diet consists mostly of smoothies and swedish fish. He has currently migrated to Holmdel, New Jersey and works as a Senior Web Developer for Vonage, hunting innovative web solutions using razor sharp Rails.

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Bruce Williams

Bruce Williams is a developer, designer, and language fanatic, now working for FiveRuns Inc. as a Senior Rails Developer. A longtime Ruby adherent (since 2001), he’s been involved with Rails since it became available. Bruce has released a large number of Rails plugins and general-purpose Ruby libraries, been a contributer to several Rails-related books, a speaker with The Rails Edge conference series, and, working for Ruby Central, does design work for RubyConf and RailsConf.

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Andrea O.K. Wright

Andrea O. K. Wright is an active member of Philly On Rails and enjoys organizing weekly "Ruby Tuesday" tech lunch-and-learns for her colleagues at Chariot Solutions, a consulting firm based in Fort Washington, PA. A 14-year IT industry veteran, she currently works with Rails technology exclusively. She has extensive Java experience and has spoken about classloading and annotation processing at JavaOne.

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Ezra Zygmuntowicz

Ezra Zygmuntowicz is a Ruby hacker and systems archtitect for EngineYard.com. He's been involved with Rails since day one and has contributed numerous open source Rails plugins such as BackgrounDrb and ez-where to the community. He is the Author of Rails Deployment for the Pragmatic Programmers and a speaker at Railsconf 2006 and 2007 in the US. He also is a speaker at TheRailsEdge conference in Chicago this summer.

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