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SFRails - Tony Novak | It's All About the People | RAML

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6:30 Food/Beer/Networking

7:00 Intros

7:05 Sharing of Tips and Tools/Hire Me or Hiring?

7:20 Talks

8:30 End

• Talk 1: Metaprogramming: the Bounty of Ruby - Tony Novak

• Lightning Talk: It's All About the People - Fab Mackojc

• Talk 2: RAML: The Open Source RESTful API Modeling Language - Mike Stowe


Talk 1: Metaprogramming: the Bounty of Ruby

The topic will be metaprogramming, with a discussion of some common techniques and examples of how we've used them to DRY up our code. Most of these examples will be taken from gems we've released.

About the Speaker:

Tony Novak is the CTO of Amitree, an Accel-backed San Francisco startup that helps homebuyers navigate the complex world of real estate. He focuses on using technology to eliminate obstacles and make life easier for both consumers and developers. Before joining Amitree, he was a Stanford PhD dropout, director of R&D at Dapper, and an architect at Yahoo working on personalization for advertising and content.

Lightning Talk: It's All About the People

Developers are often focused on writing great, clean code, but how often do we stop to think about the people we’re making software for? As engineers we need to care more about people and the experience our products provide them. This short talk serves as a reminder of why we do what we do: to improve the lives of other humans.

About the Speaker:

Fab Mackojc has spent the past few years working for early to medium-stage tech companies in a variety of different roles. Originally from Australia, he moved to the Bay Area last year to work as a web developer. In his spare time he enjoys travelling and also reading about design, psychology and human behaviour.

Talk 2: RAML: The Open Source RESTful API Modeling Language

RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML) is a simple and succinct way of describing practically-RESTful APIs. It encourages reuse, enables discovery and pattern-sharing, and aims for merit-based emergence of best practices. In this session we’ll take a look at writing and using RAML to design and prototype APIs, as well as utilize the power of RAML, Ruby, and open source to provide up to date, easy to read API documentation.

About the Speaker:

Michael Stowe has over 10 years experience building applications for law enforcement, the medical field, nonprofits, and numerous industrial companies. Over the last two years he has been focused on APIs and ways to improve industry standards and efficiency. He now works for MuleSoft, a company on the leading edge of API development and management, as well as SOA/ ESB architectures. You can view slides from his other talks at or follow him: @mikegstowe (

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