- Salzburg (AT) 2015
- Sofia (BG) 2016
- Budapest (HU) 2017
- … and in this year (after 3 years) … again in Austria! (and after 11… Vienna – where it was organized in 2007)
It’s no need to convince anyone that Vienna is a wonderful and charming city. If you never visited it – please rethink your plans. It’s definitely – a great experience.
Also cool and generous sponsors. Among tons of bags & stickers, I’ve got from ladle from Cookpad, nice t-shirt from Heroku and even there were offered icecreams from MeisterLab.
Unfortunately, demand for Official EuRuKo-Mugs was soo high that no left for me 😭.. but eventually, I got socks. Not bad at all!
When it comes to speakers/talks worth to mention: (Of note the list is subjective depending on my feelings):
- As usual, Matz opened with its Keynote.
- This year (my subjective review) talk was not overly technical as it used to be. Nevertheless, few of future plans for Ruby language were introduced.
- “Metaprogramming for generalists” – by Chris Salzberg
- This was an interesting overview of metaprogramming concepts and it contains some cool hints I definitely gonna try on!
- “Rails anti-patterns: how not to design your database“ – Brad Urani
- Personally, for me, this talk was nothing really revealing (as I’ve already cut my teeth for DB/AR optimizing shit), but generally – all was nicely presented and very good opportunity for the recap. As well an enthusiasm of the speaker was very cool!
- “Ruby not red: color theory for the rest of us” – Louisa Barrett
- Not especially ruby-oriented talk at all but very, very informative. I need to admit I’ve never heard about these diseases and wasn’t aware there are so many variants of color blindness. Definielly worth watching – especially in order to make as developer more accesible solutions!
It was organized in one Vienna Club called “The Loft”
Numerous additional fans did not help too much so that.. personally I cannot stand longer than 2.5h 😥
But so far I enjoyed and have a good time meet some inspiring people.
- “Scaling a monolith isn’t scaling microservices” – Kerstin Puschke
- She described i.e how guys from Shopify handle with decoupling and long running queues. And gave a lot of valuable hints. Imo the best technical talk from this year!
- Plenty of interesting lighting talks
- My favourite one was a funny talk by @maz_power who described “how not to build microservices” – brilliant stuff! 😉
- “An empathy exercise: contextualising the question of privilege” – Amr Abdelwahab
- Again not really technical talk at all, but one of favourite. Honestly, I didn’t realize about many of problematic mentioned during ring talk but definitely It makes me think. The quickest summary – it’s not worth to be an asshole 💩
As usual, at the end of day two, there were voting for next organizers.
There were three candidates -> (Bristol UK, Plovdiv BG, and Rotterdam NL).
Unfortunately I lost my voting card and were not allowed to do it – due to the risk of potential cheating, but anyway, my favourite city (Rotterdam) won! 😁
- Vienna – beautiful and charming city!!!!
- Nice speakers and topics (not only technical list)
- The density of nice people fascinated with ruby at one place 💪
- Great organization (staff, bags etc, accessibility, CoC)
- The fact you could meet and speak Matz personally 😉
- Cool sponsors
- Streaming talks on YT (which is not a rule everywhere)
- On day one – inside a club was very stuffy and sultry
- Vienna is not an easy (and cheap) if someone arrived by car and want to park 🙉
- I’ve lost the voting card (my fault) but no one said me (I’m gonna need it on next day)
- I cannot grab my mug 😓