Ruby on Rails: From Startup to Fortune 500

Date: 
Friday, January 4, 2008 - 2:52pm


JONATHAN SIEGEL, ELC Technologies
DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2008
TIME: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Room 1132

ABSTRACT:

In three and a half years, Ruby has–thanks to the Rails framework–been catapulted from an obscure and poorly performing interpreted language to one of the hottest on the web. The opportunity for Ruby to flourish depended on a number of critical external factors: lack of innovation from entrenched alternatives, strong attraction by successful entrepreneurs to proven practices, cheap hardware, and a disproportionate hype surrounding “Web 2.0″. We will take a look at the language, how these factors influenced its commercialization and where Ruby on Rails will be headed to stay in demand. Along the way we’ll look at some of the interesting problems being solved by the Ruby/Rails community particularly for very large web deployments.

BIOGRAPHY:

Jonathan Siegel is founder and UK President of ELC Technologies based in Santa Barbara, California, which has been specializing in developing leading-edge Internet services technology since 1991. ELC Technologies is the market’s largest Ruby on Rails development resource, servicing a diverse range of enterprise and media clients from LiveNation and NASCAR to Tribune and Cisco’s Media Services Group. Jonathan cofounded RightCart.com, one of the first publicly available Ruby on Rails applications, and negotiated its sale to Buy.com in 2006. He also is Technical Excelerator for Forquest Mobile Ventures, European investment advisors for mobile commerce. Jonathan holds a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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