Marcel at Play
At the preconference charity event for the first Lone Star Rubyconf, Marcel Molina, Jr gave one of the best talks I've ever heard at a conference. The entire talk was Marcel showing examples of pathological (his word, not mine) Ruby code. Not only did he show all these examples to a room full of people new to language at an event titled Intro to Ruby, but he actually made a case for these examples being proof positive Ruby is a reliable language.
This was a very unique approach to speeches in that we literally saw a Ruby master at play. While most speakers try to put our best foot forward, Marcel embraced the craziness and just had some fun. His attitude was infectious and really drove his point home.
We should all try to have more fun with our speeches. It's so enlightening to watch, for any audience. I hope I have the courage to try a similar talk in the future.
Shane Emmons September 10th, 2007 Reply Link
Any chance there was a recording of this done?
James Edward Gray II September 10th, 2007 Reply Link
The talk was recorded, but is not yet online. I'll post a follow-up here when it becomes available.
[Update: Sadly, I don't think this talk ever made it online.]
I agree - Marcel's presentation was great. His talk and your two presentations were my personal favorites of the conference. They were very accessible to me as a Ruby newbie.
I look forward to following your blog. I've taken C.O.Nutter's advice and started my own blog to document my immersion into Ruby (The conference was my kick-off for learning Ruby). Hopefully it will be of some help to others.
Thanks again for your work on Ruby Quiz, and for your presentations at Lone Star RubyConf.
(the guy across the hall from you at AmeriSuites)