Off to RubyConf

I'm leaving tomorrow night for Denver and RubyConf 2006. Or as I like to call it: "199 of the world's best Ruby programmers...and me".

Denver's a city I've never been too, so I hope I'll get a chance to explore it a little, but the fundamental rule of computer conferences (with the exception of CodeCon) seems to be, have them in the most boring suburban location possible. I won't have a car.

The conference looks very interesting though. I'm looking forward to Dynamic Graphics with Ruby, Zed Shaw's talk, and John Long's presentation about Radiant. Nathaniel Talbott's Barn Raising talk at RailsConf was inspiring, so Open Classes, Open Companies sounds promising. And I wouldn't miss Tim Bray's Unicode talk for the world.

All in all, it should be a good time. A few other RUM members are going, too. I'll try to update this blog and my Flickr page while I'm there.

P.S.: For a trip, check out the branding between RailsConf (slick, professional) and RubyConf ("I barely know HTML and I don't care"). I think this gives you a good idea of the hype behind Rails.