Compass author Chris Eppstein describes a new trend in the stylesheet framework world towards adhering to semantic markup and maintaining the separation between content and style. He shows how Compass and Sass can untangle stylesheets and allow reusable styles, classes, and designs without imposing on the markup.
Lew Cirne, CEO of New Relic, outlines how they use their own RPM product to maintain and improve the performance of their application, which processes billions of transactions per month with the average response time under 40ms.
Blake Mizerany of Heroku talks about building lightweight RESTful web services with his Ruby framework Sinatra.
Andrew Cantino and Kyle Maxwell talk about Parselets.com, a cross-language toolset for developer-generated APIs, and SelectorGadget, their bookmarklet that finds the minimal CSS selector for elements on the page.
Tammer Saleh of thoughtbot demonstrates Hoptoad, their Rails exception notification service. By aggregating repeat error notifications Hoptoad stops the email onslaught from a production bug while still providing appropriate notification and escalation.
Ezra Zygmuntowicz of Engine Yard demonstrates Solo, their new cloud offering for the deployment and management of lightweight Rails, Merb, or Rack apps.
Pivots Ryan Dy, Chris Tong, and Corey Innis lay out the current conventions and standards for CSS and introduce some organizational techniques and recipies for common tasks. See code examples at http://pivotallabs.com/labs/css.
Pivot Jeff Dean describes the technical and process benefits offered by the functional testing framework Cucumber, a replacement for Story Runner.
Hosted by Pivotal Labs and VentureArchetypes.
Moderated panel discussion: Expectations and the evolution of a Founder’s role as the business grows; Becoming a magnet for top talent (especially on a limited budget); The role of recruiters, consultants, contractors and outsourcing; Setting and maintaining a strong company culture
Yehuda Katz discusses MERB, the Ruby application development framework sponsored by Engine Yard.
Alan Cooper, joined by three colleagues from his renowned design firm of the same name, discusses the challenges faced and lessons learned from their forays into using a more agile process for design consulting. Questions from the audience help drive the discussion towards topics of interest specifically to developers.
Heroku founder Adam Wiggins outlines their vision of next-generation application deployment architectures. He describes the challenges and choices Heroku has made and the upcoming technologies and capabilities that are exciting in their space.