posted by crafterm, 09 September 2007

A few months ago we held a Ruby/Rails newbie night in Melbourne, I presented several talks on the night. Thanks to Marty Andrews the talks were recorded and are available.

Here are two of the talks I presented, one about Rails' use of convention over configuration:

and a further talk about Active Record’s validations:

RailsConf EU 2007!

posted by crafterm, 03 September 2007

I’m currently writing this entry from Auerstedt, a small village in the east of Germany, near Weimar. Thursday afternoon we arrived in Frankfurt via Dubai and Singapore and will be in Europe till the 12th October.

The primary reason for the trip, RailsConf EU. After deciding to start my own company in March, the decision to attend both RailsConf US and EU was automatic. No other venue can provide such a wide variety of networking, technology, teaching and pure fun as these two events can.

RailsConf US in Portland was a blast, and I’m looking forward to having similar feelings this year in Germany. After having lived here for a few years it also has quite a special touch to be back. I’m particularly looking forward to another sensational RejectConf edition as part of RailsConf EU as well.

I’ll also be presenting about rSpec, one of my favourite gems/plugins at the Frankfurt Rails user group meeting on the 11th September as well.

If you’re coming over to RailsConf EU, and hear a strange Australian accent in the background, be sure to come over and say hi :)


posted by crafterm, 03 September 2007

Welcome to the Red Artisan weblog!

My name is Marcus Crafter, and I’m the founder and principal consultant at Red Artisan Pty Ltd. Red Artisan is an Australian based web site consultancy firm that specialises in building state of the art web 2.0 sites that rock.

Red Artisan uses Ruby on Rails and agile development principles to provide the highest level of quality and speed of development for clients. Ruby on Rails is a next generation web framework that allows developers to build expressive and elegant software quickly by allowing them to focus on the important aspects of your business rather than the framework. For clients this more value for money, translating into faster time to market, and increased productivity.

In the future, I’ll be publishing various articles, posts, and pieces of information about the various technologies and principles Red Artisan believes in.