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Ruby on Rails + AJAX

Michael has become notable in the Rails community for developing and managing the open source llor.nu online game

Michael Buffington has been an entrepreneur and Web application developer for over 10 years. He cofounded Price.com Inc. in 1998, authored an advanced-level book on Macromedia's ColdFusion, and helped architect measuremap.com, Adaptive Path's new Weblog analytics service. Most recently, Michael has become notable in the Rails community for developing and managing the open source llor.nu online game, a massive and addictive game with some simple underlying principles.

When Danish-born David Heinemeier Hansson unleashed into the world of Web applications in December 2005 version 1.0 of the open source application framework he called Rails, written in Ruby, his aim was to help developers achieve simplicity and allow them to develop real-world apps using less code than other frameworks and with a minimum of configuration.

Ruby on Rails, as it has come to be known ever since, certainly hit a dry spot. Armed with Hansson's mantra - such as "Don't Repeat Yourself" and "Convention Over Configuration" - developers found that Ruby on Rails (RoR) truly empowered them, allowing beautiful code to solve the problems most people have most of the time in web-application development.

"It's about taking the pain away and making you happy," Hansson - who was a speaker at SYS-CON Events' inaugural "Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar in February 2006 - has said.

He went on to argue that he actually almost advises people to cut their teeth in web-development on the mainstream offerings first, before using Rails, because as he expresses it: "Once you've tried developing a substantial application in Java or PHP or C# or whatever, the difference in Rails will be readily apparent. You gotta feel the hurt before you can appreciate the cure."

Those attending SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Ruby on Rails" One-Day Seminar, on October 3, 2006 - many of whom by definition have already felt the hurt - can experience the happiness first-hand, when top Ruby on Rails practitioners share their insights, expertise, and code.

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