Just wanted to get in a blog, albeit a week and a half late, about eRubyCon. It was an awesome conference; I felt honored being involved as a speaker doing a presentation on JRuby. Being among such incredible speakers as Jim Weirich, Glen Vandenburg, Stuart Holloway, and many others made me a little like the scene in Wayne's World where Wayne and Garth meet Alice Cooper: I'm not worthy!
As far as I know, this is the first conference specifically devoted to Ruby in the Enterprise. If all you've gotten is the 30 second soundbytes about Ruby and Rails this may sound like an oxymoron, but it's not. The other speakers, particularly Glen in his "Enterprise Schmenterprise" keynote made this point eloquently. Ruby, because of it's excellence at producing easily understood and therefore much more maintainable code, is the perfect language to develop the kind of applications thought of as "enterprisey". Glen: "Enterprises aren't ready for Ruby, they're desperate for it".
Stuart made a point in his blog about this too. His series on Ruby vs Java myths made the point that Ruby is actually better for large applications than for small ones. Definitely worth a read.
Finally a big Thanks! to Joe at Edgecase for putting this together. Joe, I know it was a lot of effort time and finance wise but I hope the community can grow enough to make this a viable yearly conference: the word about Ruby really needs to get out in the enterprise development area. For their sake and ours.