#rubykaigi has finally come to an end!

Continuing from part 1 and part 2, of my Ruby Kaigi blog posts, here is the final day at Ruby Kaigi!

Talks will be available soon™

Good news everyone! It looks like the wait is almost over – the official Ruby Kaigi account has tweeted that the talks will be made available on YouTube soon™. Follow them to get notified when that happens!

Brief notes on the day 3 talks

To be honest, I didn’t go to as many talks on the third day, not because they weren’t great (those I attended was excellent), but because I was spending time hanging out with the #rubyfriends I made at the conference. With that said, here are some highlights of my last conference day:

  • Speeding up Rails 4.2

    The @tenderlover session, in Japanese! Here Aaron showed off his adequate Japanese skillz by delivering a full talk in fluent Japanese; he even made a few puns in Japanese! For those who couldn’t wait for the talk to become available (or those who don’t speak Japanese), you can catch watch a similar talk Aaron gave at Cascadia Ruby today.

  • The Ruby Challenge

    In this session, @sikachu hosted an interactive Ruby game show. The contestants were picked from the audience randomly (we were given a card with a unique number when we walked in) to answer five questions about the performance characteristics of 10 pair of Ruby snippets that performs the same task.

  • Tending the Ruby ecosystem

    @_zzak shared his journey of becoming a open- source contributor in the Ruby ecosystem, why it is important to give back to the community and some pointers on how you can start contributing.

  • Ruby 2.1 in Production

    In this closing keynote, the legendary @tmm1 shed some light on Github’s experience on rolling out Ruby 2.1 in production, how it improved the performance on their site, as well as his history with Ruby, the story of him becoming a Ruby committer and more.

As always, there are many more great talks at the conference, so be sure to check out the full conference schedule.

See you next year?

Overall, Ruby Kaigi has been a great conference for me. Here, you will find some in-depth technical talks that you won’t find in other conferences.

In addition to being an excellent platform for facilitating the exchange of technical knowledge, it is also an incredible platform for cultural exchange. It was a breath of fresh air for me to attend a conference outside of my “bubble” in North America. It was a such a great learning experience for me to see some of the Japanese Rubyist (and other Rubyist coming from around the world) are using the language to solve problems in ways that I am not used to (or to solve problems that I didn’t even think of before).

Matz handing out lunch boxes

It also reminded me of why I loved being part of the Ruby community. Ruby Kaigi is the conference where the creator of the language hands you your lunch box, where the core committers hold signs at the door and greet you as you walk into the conference venue every morning, where English and Japanese-speking Rubyists learn and deliver talks in each other’s native language.

My #rubyfriends!

I am very greatful to be part of this amazing conference and the greater Ruby community. I am looking forward to coming back to Ruby Kaigi in the future – and I hope see you there too!

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