Presentation Ideas

Hi, I’m going to give a talk on Rails to my campus ACM group in about
two
weeks. I’m trying to think of ideas. The 15 minute blog is great, and
I’d
kind of like to do something like that, but I can’t do better than DHH
or
Ryan have, and if they look into it more, they’ll come across that
pretty
quickly.

I can do some live examples like that, or I can do a keynote /
powerpoint
style presentation.

Does anyone have any ideas for something simple enough to go through in
an
hour, for someone with intermediate Rails skills, that would give a
basic
idea of how Rails works?

If you were going to give a presentation, what kinds of things would you
talk about? My audience will mostly be non web developers, and the web
developers that will be there will mostly be php and possibly Java.
They’ll
all be CS students, grad and undergrad, possibly a professor or two, but
not
very likely. Maybe 20-30 people.

Any ideas or advice are welcome, thanks :slight_smile:
-Josh

Cucumber?

It could be quite quick to throw together a simple application to manage
something (stocks of products) and test it using Cucumber which looks
very
cool when you first see it.

Cheers,

Andy


Andy J.
http://andyjeffries.co.uk/ #rubyonrails #mysql #jquery
Registered address: 64 Sish Lane, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 3LS
Company number: 5452840

MVC, DRY, convention over configuration. Those are important concepts in
rails. However, in a presentation a lenghtly talk about these things are
probably going to be pretty boring. And its not something that student
programmers may apprechiate as much as experienced programmers.

I would spend a short amount of time on that and then move on to showing
actual code. Stuff that looks a bit impressive, like the ajax helpers,
model validation, how to interact with the database without writing any
SQL.

Josh C. wrote:

Hi, I’m going to give a talk on Rails to my campus ACM group in about
two
weeks. I’m trying to think of ideas. The 15 minute blog is great, and
I’d
kind of like to do something like that, but I can’t do better than DHH
or
Ryan have, and if they look into it more, they’ll come across that
pretty
quickly.

I can do some live examples like that, or I can do a keynote /
powerpoint
style presentation.

Does anyone have any ideas for something simple enough to go through in
an
hour, for someone with intermediate Rails skills, that would give a
basic
idea of how Rails works?

If you were going to give a presentation, what kinds of things would you
talk about? My audience will mostly be non web developers, and the web
developers that will be there will mostly be php and possibly Java.
They’ll
all be CS students, grad and undergrad, possibly a professor or two, but
not
very likely. Maybe 20-30 people.

Any ideas or advice are welcome, thanks :slight_smile:
-Josh

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