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Oct 12-13, 2013

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Mike Desjardins

Mike Desjardins

Mike began programming on his Tandy 1000 when he was 13 years old and has never looked back. His first job out of college was writing assembly language firmware for disk drives, where his primary debugging tool was an oscilloscope. Today he’s a Software Developer at Openbay, where he tinkers with Rails and Backbone, quietly disrupting the auto repair industry. When he’s not at a keyboard, you can often find him geocaching with his family up in Portland, Maine.

Rails Sojourn: One Man’s Journey

With several spawling, monolithic Rails apps under my belt, I had the opportunity to go a different route. Bulging models, obtuse controllers, and views chock full of logic were my world. When I came up for air, all the cool kids were writing thick clients with svelte backends. Perhaps Sinatra and some hip Javascript framework were the way? Here’s what I learned…