Rocky Mountain Software Symposium
November 10 - 12, 2006 - Denver, CO
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Come to this exciting preview of one of the leading web application framework contenders with the potential to be the Next Big Thing: Ruby on Rails. An innovative framework with an eye-popping array of ultra-cool features such as active record and native support for Ajax, Rails greatly simplifies web application development and puts the joy back in software development. Rails is easy, fun, and very productive; in fact, in the throes of Rails-mania, some converts have claimed that developing with Rails is at least 10 times as fast as your favorite Java framework. Could that be? Come see for yourself.
At about the same time Java was brewing, another language from the far east entered the landscape with hardly any notice. Carefully crafted by Japanese devotees, Ruby, a potent mix of SmallTalk, Python, and Perl, toiled in relative obscurity as the marketplace moved in droves to Java.
Today we have J2EE, the 800-pound gorilla of enterprise development. That 800 pounds cuts both ways: J2EE is powerful, but it's a complicated beast with a long and steep learning curve that sports a dissying array of peripheral open-source software. And J2EE has many design compromises and idiosyncrasies that reflect it's growth and evolution. Some J2EE developers have begun to wonder if there's a better way...
About David Geary
David Geary is the president of Clarity Training, Inc. (corewebdevelopment.com), where he teaches developers to implement web applications using JavaServer Faces (JSF) and the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).
A prominent author, speaker, and consultant, David holds a unique qualification as a Java expert: He wrote the best-selling books on both Java component frameworks: Swing and JavaServer Faces. David's Graphic Java Swing was the best-selling Swing book, and is one of the best-selling Java books of all-time, and Core JSF, which David wrote with Cay Horstman, is the best-selling book on JavaServer Faces.
David was one of a handful of experts on the JSF 1.0 Expert Group (EG) that actively defined the standard Java-based web application framework, and David is currently on the JSF 2 Expert Group, helping to vastly improve JSF in version 2.
Besides serving on the JSF and JSTL Expert Groups, David has contributed to open-source projects and he has written questions for two of Sun's Certification Exams: Web Developer Certification and JavaServer Faces Certification. He invented the Struts Template library which was the precursor to Tiles, a popular framework for composing web pages from JSP fragments, was the 2nd Struts committer and contributed to the Apache Shale project.
David has spoken at more than 100 NFJS symposiums since 2003, and he also speaks at other conferences such as TheServerSide Java Symposium, JavaOne, JavaPolis, and JAOO. David has taught at Java University for the past three years, and is a three-time JavaOne rock star.More About David »