I’m attending my first RubyConf tomorrow in L.A. This really is my first technical conference that I have ever attended. It is awesome that my employee is putting the time and money into growing me, and I really hope that I can use this as a learning experience, as well as growing my knowledge about the Ruby community. I was a Java engineer for 12 years, and maybe attended 1 or 2 meetups, for me there wasn’t that much community there, also I was encouraged to learn more but none of my employers ever sent me to a conference. In the 5 months that I have been a Ruby engineer, I have been encouraged so much more to reach out, and get connected.
I did write some goals for the conference, and for me what I am going to try and take out of this is:
- Learn more about Ruby data structures.
- Attend a talk on Ruby design patterns
- Find an open source project to contribute to
- Learn more about Ruby testing philosophies and frameworks