This is the second European Railsconf and the attendance of 7-800 showed that Rails is certainly getting decent headtime on this side of the world.
One of the most interesting aspects of the conference for me was that it showed that we've now moved from the “look at all the amazing new stuff that's been created in the last month” phase to the “stabilising and refining and helping everyone be super” phase. This is a new era for Rails, and it will be interesting to see what implications this has; will there be another cycle of innovation or is the community happy with what it's got + tweaks?
(Of course, that doesn't mean that nothing new is happening in the rails world, and that was the other interesting aspect of the conference: the clear interest in taking rails into the enterprise from a number of players – ELC included.)
The conference has already been covered well elsewhere by more prompt sources, so I'll just pick my favorite sessions:
Of course, it's not all work and no fun; thanks to Joyent for the drinks on Monday night (we unknowingly crashed their party!), and thanks to our ELC head Jonathan for drinks during the extensive werewolfing the next night!
Finally, a very big thanks to Betsy and Ryan for accomodating David and I the next night. Highly tasty cheese was eaten, and hard-to-find beds in the hotel were very appreciatively slept in :).
BTW, be on the lookout for cheeses involving Amaretto (our guess at the time) or maybe rum (my current theory). The one on the platter at the hotel was totally awesome – somewhere between a cheese and a mousse in consistency, fruity, and highly yummy.