Special Event: Evening on Backbone.js/Views w/ Q&A with David Heinemeier Hansson

  • August 15, 2012 · 6:00 PM

You won't want to miss this special event that the team at Manilla has put together. Space is limited, so sign up early (but make a point to attend if you do).


6:00 Pizza/Beer/Networking

6:30 Talk 1 : Leveraging Backbone.js Without a Full Rewrite

7:00 Talk 2 : Q&A with David Heinemeier Hansson


Talk 1: Leveraging Backbone.js Without a Full Rewrite

When client side development gets complex, Backbone.js brings a lot of positives in terms of organization. But is a full rewrite of your Rails views in order? Ben Willis of Manilla.com will show how they incrementally migrated their existing Rails views to Backbone.js without the need to fully rewrite them.

About the Speaker

Ben Willis is a senior software engineer at Manilla.com where he works as a full-stack Rails developer designing and building front- and back-end components. He also has a hand in ops and support and is a process extraordinaire.


Talk 2: Q&A with David Heinemeier Hansson

Given the explosion of JavaScript client side frameworks, there's been a lively debate in the Rails community as to whether their usage provides unnecessary complexity or if  they represent the future of web development.

David Heinemeier Hansson will be doing a remote Q&A session (via Google Hangouts) discussing his opinions surrounding modern JavaScript frameworks, their place in a Rails application, and the future of Rails views. The format will be open, giving the audience a chance to ask their own questions. (If you're shy about asking questions, please send them to Jim Jones at Manilla and we'll get the moderator to ask them for you.)

About the Speaker

David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of Ruby on Rails, a partner at 37signals, a NYT best-selling author, a public speaker, a hobbyist photographer, and a race car driver.



About the Sponsor

A 2012 double Webby Award Winner, Manilla is the new way for consumers to manage their bills and more. With Manilla, consumers get an up-to-the-minute organized view of all their household accounts – including financial, utilities, travel rewards, and subscriptions – anywhere, anytime.


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  • Ben

    Someone asked a question about how we did our javascript testing, I just wrote up a blog post outlining our approach: http://chill.manilla.com/2012/08/23/rails-and-jasmine-with-coffeescript/

    August 23, 2012

  • Jim J.

    Ben's Backbone.js presentation, Leveraging Backbone.js Without a Full Rewrite, is available within the same posted video :


    August 16, 2012

  • Rich N.

    I found the evening exciting and inspiring.

    August 16, 2012

  • Jim J.

    DHH's presentation has been posted on Youtube and I have submitted it to Hacker News.

    August 16, 2012

    • joshua m.

      haha . I do recall DHH stating "this isn't hacker news. This is the real world"

      2 · August 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation of their backbone work, and it was good actually get David talking!

    August 16, 2012

  • John L.

    Meetup was awesome, tons of useful information about Backbone and David Heinemeier provided enlightening insight to JS libraries, Rails 4, and Basecamp. This is the type of session you expect at industry conferences but was totally free including pizza and beer !

    August 16, 2012

  • David S.

    Great event!

    August 16, 2012

  • Elle

    I really enjoyed DHH's words of wisdom.

    August 16, 2012

  • Doug M.

    An extraordinary opportunity to get the latest thinking straight from DHH. Thanks to Manilla for putting this on.

    August 15, 2012

  • Ben

    FYI we opened up some more seats last minute-make sure you are still able to attend. It's gonna get cozy in here.

    August 15, 2012

  • Ben

    Sorry Felipe, we are at full capacity with the attendees. We're going to be testing google hangout's live streaming and at worst we will have a video to post afterwards.

    August 14, 2012

  • Jim J.

    Just a friendly reminder, if you don't plan to come to the meetup please change your rsvp so that someone else on the waiting list can attend. Space is very limited and our building security requires that all attendees check in at the front desk.

    August 14, 2012

  • Felipe Correa de Souza L.

    There are more people waitlisted than attendees. Any plans to get more spots for this meetup?

    August 14, 2012

  • Ben

    Just to reiterate, DHH will be remotely answering questions over google hangout-we will be broadcasting and try to record the session for posterity

    August 6, 2012

  • Joseph B.

    Backbone.js is awesome. Hope the event covers project organization.

    August 5, 2012

  • joshua m.

    I don't use much backbone, but I do use Rails much and the event looks solid

    August 5, 2012

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