Dave Thomas is a VERY smart man. His keynote, after a big rah-rah startup, was a breakdown of the three big problems facing Rails adoption into the “real-world”.
* Data Integration
Things like foreign-key support, reading more into the schema and breaking-out Active Record into two parts (one not reliant on a DB)
* Real-world CRUD
Making the scaffold 2.0ish. Doing more towards making the scaffold “smart”
Lots and lots of great capistrano ideas.
Then he went into “Why” we should care about these things.
Once you use Ruby and Rails, you are spoiled, and don’t want to go back to Java / enterprise development.
“All developers deserve to be happy.” – That’s the “why” he ended with. Great great keynote!