Andy observed that while web development is thriving in the Ruby world with Rails, Sinatra, and other frameworks, desktop development is more of a rarity. His talk, "What Happened to Desktop Development in Ruby?" will walk attendees through some Ruby desktop development frameworks and libraries, contrast the pros and cons of each, and explore what is missing that discourages developers from relying on Ruby to build desktop applications. He'll cover frameworks/libraries including MacRuby, Shoes, Limelight, and Glimmer.
Andy is a frequent speaker and presenter at industry events including the Agile conference, GLSEC, EclipseCon and RubyConf.
He'll be in good company at Magic Ruby -- conference organizers have assembled an amazing lineup of speakers including keynoter and Ruby luminary Chad Fowler of InfoEther. Other speakers include guys from Github, Red Hat, Engine Yard, Envy Labs and Intridea.
You can learn more by visiting the Magic Ruby website.
Kudos to Andy for being chosen to present at this great event. Meanwhile, we'll try to suppress our envy that he gets to escape February in Chicago for two Ruby-full days in Florida.