Ruby Hoedown 2007: Building Games with Ruby
There's been a lot of discussion lately about putting Ruby to work in a corporate setting, but this talk is about Ruby at play. Andrea Wright will evaluate Ruby's potential as a platform for game programming, looking at a variety of frameworks for integrating graphics (2D and 3D) and analyzing the architecture of Ruby-based game servers. If you're not into gaming, there will still be plenty of take-aways in the areas of creating Ruby bindings for C and C++ libraries, defining elegant APIs, and metaprogramming. We'll look at some slick special effects, but we'll also take a good look at the slick code used to generate them.
Andrea O. K. Wright is an active member of Philly On Rails and enjoys organizing weekly 'Ruby Tuesday' tech lunch-and-learns for her colleagues at Chariot Solutions, a consulting firm based in Fort Washington, PA. A 14-year IT industry veteran, she currently works with Rails technology exclusively. At RailsConf 2007 she presented a talk about the respond_to mechanism and co-moderated a BoF about Hackety Hack (the Coder's Starter Kit) and RubyRails User Groups.