Hawaii Ruby On Rails Conference - Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii - October 4-6 2009


Sarah has asked that each tutorial attendee fill out a quick survey. This will help her get a sense of the skill level and background for everyone.

The tutorial will be held at Ward Warehouse Conference Rooms, with an updated time on Sunday of 9am - 4pm.

Tutorial Registration

This tutorial is free with your paid registration to Aloha on Rails. Your registration confirmation email includes a password to register for the tutorial. If you are interested in this tutorial, you must register (it is a separate registration) at http://alohaonrailstutorial.eventbrite.com/. Please email me if you didn’t receive a password for the tutorial registration.

Aloha on Rails and RailsBridge Proudly Present:

Rails Training in Paradise

Learn about, build, and deploy a Ruby on Rails application in one day!  Sarah Mei of RailsBridge will conduct a special “boot camp” to get new developers up and running on Ruby on Rails.  Come with just your laptop, and by the end of the day you will have written and tested a working Rails application, and even deployed it to the web. This training is fun and rewarding, and you will learn state-of-the-art techniques from professional Rails developers and trainers.

Rails Training in Paradise will introduce you to the productivity and fun of Rails, and will ensure that you get the most out of the Aloha on Rails Conference.

Target Audience

If you are interested in Rails, comfortable with your computer and the web, and have built web pages or web applications before, you should attend Rails Training in Paradise. Web designers - this is your chance to go deeper into the technology stack. PHP developers, .NET developers, Java developers - this is your chance to learn a new language. Bring some ideas back to your primary development environment, enrich your skillset, and have fun doing it!


We’ll meet twice. On Saturday evening, bring your laptop, meet Sarah and the other participants, and get all the tools you need installed. Sarah will lead the installfest, with plenty of experienced Rails volunteers on hand to assist.

On Sunday we’ll focus on learning and writing code. Sarah will guide the class, and there will be volunteer experts roaming the class to help during coding sessions. You’ll do lots of hands-on development, much of it in pairs.  Pair programming, along with the experienced volunteers, ensures that everyone learns and no one gets stuck.  It’s not necessary to register in pairs - we’ll assemble groups as needed, and may even rotate during the day. You will deploy your application to the web multiple times during the session, and you’ll leave with a working application that you can add to and experiment with at leisure.


Saturday Evening 6pm - 9pm, Oct 3rd : Ruby on Rails InstallFest.  Come out to get your environment set up and ready to go.  We’ll have food and drinks and lots of volunteers to install Ruby, Rails, and all the tools and programs necessary.  You’ll leave with a Rails environment ready to go on your laptop. The tutorial installation instructions contains everything we’ll be installing if you want to get a head’s start.

Sunday 9am - 4pm, Oct 4th : Build, test, and deploy your own working Rails application!


Ward Warehouse Conference Rooms. 1050 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96814-4905 The conference rooms are upstairs, can’t miss them!

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FREE with your paid registration to Aloha on Rails.


BYOL - Bring your own laptop.  Mac, Linux, or PC are all welcome.
Attendees should be comfortable with their computer and the web, and should have at least built an HTML page.

About Rails Bridge

RailsBridge was chartered to create an inclusive and friendly Ruby on Rails community.  Learn more at http://railsbridge.org

About Aloha on Rails

Aloha on Rails, the Hawaii Ruby on Rails Conference, is the premier destination event for the Rails and web development communities.  The conference will be held in Waikiki, Hawaii on October 5-6, 2009.  All web developers are welcome.

About the Instructor

Sarah Mei has spent ten years doing interesting things with code and data.  She wrote a lot of Java back when EJBs were cool, but for the last three years she’s been doing Ruby on Rails, focusing on building simple, efficient applications on top of complex data models and very large datasets.

She also heads the Open Workshop project at RailsBridge, where she works to bring new voices into the Rails community. Open Workshop runs introductory Rails workshops, and supports people running their own by making resources and tools freely available.

Sarah is a Senior Software Engineer at LookSmart in San Francisco. She has, among other things, a CS degree from UC San Diego, a blog, a husband, a preschooler, a baby, a weakness for puzzle games and pirates, and an apartment with way too many computers in it.