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Mountain West Ruby Conference

Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

I’m definitely looking forward to Mountain West Ruby Conference. Last year was most excellent, and this year I’m presenting. Puppet, clouds, live demo, no net, should be a good time…

MWRC is a single track regional conference, but it brings in some of the biggest names in the Ruby world. (maybe we can get Matz to come next year) Sharing the stage with some of these guys is an honor and a privilege, if not a little intimidating. And if last year was any indication, even the guys you haven’t heard of will be awesome.  I can’t recommend this conference highly enough.

Pat Eyler of On Ruby is one of the organizers and just posted an interview with me. He is interviewing other speakers as a lead up to the conference, so keep an eye out.

Use your powers for Awesome!!!

Use your powers for Awesome!!!

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Perfunctory Introduction

I should welcome myself to web 2.0 or something. . .

Some people might consider me somewhat a technologist but that is misleading and superficial, at least in my opinion.

I’m fairly decent with technical things and thankfully that has allowed me play with some really cool stuff and to cash some checks to feed my family, but I have other interests and abilities involving art, communication, culture, athletics, food and the human condition just to start the list that extends into the horizon.

I think that makes me better at technology, but maybe it just keeps me from being bored

Living in Salt Lake City has also given me the opportunity to absorb Agile software development philosophy and practice from close to the source. Alistair Cockburn‘s Agile Roundtable is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to drink from a well of creative insight. I’ve also been influenced by the local XP community, specifically Zhon Johansen.

I’ve recently dedicated myself to building a life for my family around an Open Source software project called Puppet. (crazy, I know) Puppet was conceived and written primarily by Luke Kanies, after working for years as an operational sysadmin and then as a system automation consultant. I believe Puppet represents a significant step forward in system management. I am not alone.

Puppet is written in Ruby, which is a pleasure to read and write, at least after years of primarily C++ and Java. (with a smattering of bash, python, perl, tcl, matlab and javascript thrown in for good measure) Ruby (and Puppet) also awoke a latent interest in functional languages and declarative constructs.

This blog will capture my thoughts and observations, my trials and tribulations, both past and present, concerning how technology and people come together to create value and opportunity. Maybe it will be useful or amusing to someone else. . .

Sometimes I might just rant 😉


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