Among the highlights:
- How development in Rails (and I would add comparable frameworks such as Django) allows smaller teams to communicate more effectively (and frequently) with clients than would be possible with "traditional" languages such a Java.
- The high correlation between offshoring/outsourcing and traditional (waterfall) development models (if you outsource something you have to be more rigorous in the your specification, your unit testing, integration, etc.)
- Lots of talk about JRuby and positing that much of the work we do is essentially scripting. Use of JRuby with Business Rules Engines/DSLs (such as Drools) which is something I've wanted to play around with yet. As well as using a Java scripting languages to access cool APIs.
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