Vermont, Meet Ruby. Ruby, Meet Vermont.

I’ll be spending the last weekend of July with passionate Ruby developers and pioneers in Burlington, Vermont – a small but charming city situated on the eastern shore of sparking Lake Champlain, and the perfect spot for Vermont’s first Ruby conference, BURUCO.

Though this is a much anticipated retreat from the commotion of New York City (which is where I’ve been spending the majority of my time for the last several months), it’s also an exciting opportunity for me to share some of the recent work I’ve been doing on spatial programming and location based apps.

I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge, connecting with other developers, and learning from other giants in the community who are doing meaningful work. There will be interesting presentations from:

  • Marc-Andre Cournoyer, author of “The 4 Hour Work Week For Ruby Hackers”
  • Joshua Hull and Alex Maccaw of Twitter. I’m looking forward to learning more about Renee in Joshua’s talk and getting an inside look at Spine, a JavaScript framework Alex wrote.
  • Dan Croak from Thoughtbot who will be diving into Rails conventions.
  • Scott Tadman, creator of – a SaaS-based Email Delivery service for web apps – will be presenting on building asynchronous server applications with Ruby and Rails.
  • Jen Myers of Relevance will be talking about the area where design and development intersect and how developers can leverage design principles to build better applications.
  • Harold Gimenez who builds tools on top of Postgres all day long at Heroku and will be demonstrating its power and usefulness.
  • Mark Bates, founder of Meta42 Labs, a Boston-based consultancy who will be presenting on testing JavaScript and CoffeeScript in Rails.