Attending the RuPy 2012 conference last week was time well spent. Like the name suggests, it was designed to bring together two factions of the programming world, thus minimizing the typical cultish cheerleading for either side at conferences like this, or at least laying a framework for calling bullshit. Even Rails core contributor Steve Klabnik was happy to throw parts of the Rails framework under the bus, and point out their weaknesses in his presentation. That’s the essence of open source development anyway.
Steve actually takes this a lot farther (further?) on Twitter and his blog, calling out the dev world on some major shortcomings. I won’t summarize here, but these articles gave me hope:
- Protological Control: An Introduction
- Software and Community
- Anti-Oppression 101 (actually a video/presentation) - “Basically I’ve stopped listening to (programmers) and started listening to people who do philosophy and the humanities, and I think there’s a lot to be learned from an interdisciplinary approach.”
In the same vein, see fvck school, in which Twitter Bootstrap creator @fat boldly put it: