This version of Vestibule is read only. It represents an archive of the community effort to produce content for Ruby Manor 4.

Why do you care about Ruby Manor?

We’re interested in what you are hoping to get out of Ruby Manor, so that we - and that’s everyone else, from speakers to other attendees - can help you achieve that.

Here’s a sampling:

Tekin Suleyman:

Looking forward to some great swag, free booze and goodies from the sponsors. My t-shirt size is medium.

Konstantin Tennhard:

Konstantin Tennhard is a computer scientist who specializes in developing large scale internet applications. He is currently working as a software developer for flinc, a company that builds a real-time mobility solution based on individual transport. Konstantin is passionate about software design, test driven development and all sorts of modern web-technology. His main scientific interest is natural language processing.

Paul Battley:

I'd like to hear about things that are fun and inspiring for their own sakes, and not because of their direct relevance to [making another CRUD app in Rails]. I'm also hoping to get a sticker with my name on.

Levent Ali @lebreeze:

I am looking to have fun and listen to interesting speakers preferably give interesting talks. I'd rather hear about Ruby in the context of programming in general as opposed to new gems / the future of Rails or anything narrow focussed like that.

Piotr Szotkowski:

I’m using Ruby as my go-to hacking language, for research at my university job and for contracting; I’m mostly curious about non-Rails stuff: interesting architecture choices (new persistence solutions?), alternative Ruby implementations, non-obvious applications, integration with other ecosystems, Ruby counterparts for traditionally non-Ruby solutions (NLTK? NumPy?), etc.

As for organisation, it would be awesome to have some water/coffee on location and directions to the nearest place to grab something to eat.


Long time dev but new to Ruby and this is my first Ruby conference so I'm looking forward to just taking it all in, meeting the people and seeing what I come away with. Anything Rails related will be cool as that's been my main exposure so far, but happy with anything the day brings.

Andy Pike:

Looking to learn and much as possible and meet some interesting people :o)

Paul Leader:

My first Ruby conference. I'm hoping to learn about how people are doing interesting stuff that not necessarily web related.

I'd love an introduction to coding Ruby apps for phones or the desktop.

Most of all, I'd like to be surprised. And drink beer. Obviously.

Cristiano Betta:

I hope to come out inspired, entertained, and properly tired. I want to exercise my brain for a day, without actually touching code, but still involving Ruby.

Glenn Gillen:

Really hoping to (again) see something beyond the usual showcase of gems/rails/web app that most ruby conferences gravitate towards. Novel uses of ruby for non-web purposes.

Anthony Green:

Things I follow:

  • Object-Oriented Design in Ruby
  • Functional Core Imperative Shell
  • Hexagonal Architectures
Steve Tooke:

I'm interested in hearing about people using ruby in new or diverse ways. I want food for thought.

Alex Forey:

I'm just starting out, and would like to know what's currently possible with Ruby, and what's going to be possible in the future, and how we're going to get there.

Ryan Stenhouse:

I really enjoy hanging around and chatting with techy people

Ian M:

Hi, I like using Ruby in large apps, but also in prototyping. I'm interested in what makes it saleable in non-hub cities for colocated customers. I'm interested in generating Rails apps with as much gubbins as possible in to make prototyping easier. I'm interested in what gems others have started using recently.

Adam Sven Johnson:

Interesting ideas and generalised ways of doing things. If I hear the terms gem, framework or DSL I'll probably cry.

Frederick Cheung:

I'd love to know more about what's in the pipeline for us rubyists - ruby 2.0, rails 4, etc.

Tom Stuart:

I’d like to hear more about Ruby being used in unusual or surprising ways. It’s an elegant, flexible, powerful language; let’s venture into the wilderness and see what Rubyists are doing out there.

I'm also interested in getting everyone to spell Ruby with a capital R.

Wojtek Ogrodowczyk:

Ruby engineer. Climbing, photography and two wheel enthusiast. Glasses make me seem thinner.

I'm not interested in learning more about testing, agile, pair-programming and refactorings. I think we've all heard enough about those.

Andrew France:

I often work with terrible Rails codebases so I'm interested in learning and developing best practices for development in Rails projects as there are still so many difficulties, particularly for newbies, when it comes to documentation, testing, and system architecture. I'm also interested in Clojure and applying a more functional style to my Ruby.

Murray Steele:

I think there's a great community here of people who love ruby for its own sake, not just because it pays the bills. I want each speaker to make us understand why they love ruby by showing us something they're passionate about. Judging by the current set of proposals I think we're going to get that. I'm totes excited.


Pure Ruby Frameworks, like Padrino. OOP in ruby. Rails best practises.

Hakan Ensari:

Are your objects verbs or nouns?

Jason Lee:

I love my fun day job and have no problems at all with learning something new about Rails or Rails related topics.

I'd like to see some sort of basic onsite catering for the breaks ( tea/coffee/water ) - I think keeping people together longer adds to the conference experience.

Tom Ward:

I'm interested in things I don't generally encounter doing the day job. Using ruby in a more functional way, things we can learn from other languages, inspirational but weird projects. Also, how to destroy the recruitment industry.

Gavin Heavyside:

Had a great time at Ru3y Manor, looking forward to learning about aspects of Ruby that I didn't know, and finding out that I was wrong about some of the things I thought I did know. Especially interested in scientific/data applications rather than web apps.

Adam Whittingham:

I'd love to meet more developers and find out more about how people are using Ruby; I'm especially interested in stories of getting Ruby into big enterprises and eating Java's lunch!

Pablo Jimeno:

I'm looking forward to learn more about design of apps, and testing.

James Mead:

I've been using Ruby (and Rails) in my day job for many years. I'd like to hear about novel or fun uses of Ruby, tips & tricks to make my work easier, and stories to inspire me. I'd be particularly interested to hear about Ruby being used to interface with electronic hardware.

Luke Carpenter:

A better understanding of the Ruby community, having just observed from the internet and never been to a meetup.

Joel Chippindale:

I'd like to come away from Ruby Manor surprised by something I've learned and inspired to try something new.

Jamie White:

Every talk at Ruby Manor 3 was a show-stopper. The two that struck the biggest chords for me were Tom Stuart’s Programming With Nothing and Ben Griffiths’ Random Walk. Ruby Manor is the venue for curiosity-driven development, and I expect nothing less this year.

Tom Stuart:

Very excited to return to London and hear from you lot what's going on. I'm really interested in material that pretends we're not all doing web development of some kind. How would our thinking be different if we were developing for desktops or phones with Ruby? Would it?

Chris Lowis:

At the first Ruby Manor I made contacts that eventually led to my first Ruby programming job. At the second, I presented myself, had a great, but terrifying experience. At the third, I saw some of the best talks I've seen at a conference, ruby or otherwise. This time? Maybe another ill-advised attempt to run theme-based lunches?

This is a great community with smart, articulate and interesting people brought together by a common (programming) language. Let's show the world how a community can put on an amazing conference with those raw materials!

Tom Armitage:

A programming conference about more than How To Use Gem X. Something that will tickle my brain and make me think harder about what I do. Something on that interesting edge between pragmatic and eccentric, with not much in the gulf in the middle of Sensible Best Practices. (ie: tell me about monads, tell me about life with a four-year-old codebase, don't tell me about another testing framework or why I don't test enough). In other words: another Ruby Manor.



I'm looking for either; a) big picture ideas about the future of Ruby and Rails. Where are we heading? b) Pragmatic real world stuff that is going to help me day to day.

Joe Corcoran:

I'd like to hear about people's personal interest programming excursions. What do you do when you're not kicking Rails to death? Not too keen to hear about agile, project management etc.

Gabe da Silveira:

I want to meet more rubyists in London and hear about what people are working on. Code-wise I'm interested in functional approaches in Ruby.

Aanand Prasad:


James Adam:

I am hoping for another day of great talks, but I'm also hoping to increase the visibility of Ruby Manor. I want people to feel like they got just as much out of Ruby Manor as any other conference.

I'd love to hear talks about people using Ruby for things outside of the web, or Rails.

Jairo Diaz:

I run a custom software development company, CodeScrum, for mobile and web applications.

Roland Swingler:

Interesting talks, well delivered, possibly about ruby but generally interested in learning about anything. Would prefer not to see (m)any rails related talks because too day-jobbish and Ruby Manor should be about fun IMHO.

Andrew Nesbitt:

I'd really like to hear about the future of Ruby, what's on the horizon for the language and other new and interesting directions it could take.

Julian Cheal:

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Richard Livsey:

I'm interested in catching up with friends old and new, I've been rather busy this past year and haven't shown my face much at LRUG or other events.

My day to day is spent building up strings and sticking them on a user's screen inside of a browser. I'm interested in using Ruby outside of that small world, from powering iPhone apps to making things happen in the real world.

Kerry Buckley:

I'm hoping for more of the same magic that made the first three Manors so awesome: great talks that entertain, inform and make me think. And beer.

Paul Sturgess:

I'm hoping to hear some opinionated talks that provoke discussion. New approaches, new insights. Make me think.

Robert Chatley:

I'm a developer, trainer/consultant and university lecturer. I know Ruby fairly well, but I'm not an expert or a daily user. I want to find out more and see what people are doing with it. I want to see some cool and interesting things and get some ideas and inspiration.

Nick Ludlam:

CTO at BERG, making Little Printers since 2012. I'm interested in hosting, scaling, optimisation and networking. Upcoming Ruby language developments would be good, too.

Patrick Sinclair:

I want to hear what new toys the cool kids are playing with.

Ed Davey:

I am looking forward to:

  • meeting up with people I know
  • meeting new people
  • seeing new cool techniques in Ruby
  • getting exposed to bigger picture patterns, strategies, ways of thinking etc.
  • learning about infrastructures which use Ruby amongst other tools
  • enjoying unanticipated joys

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