RubyConf 2008: Advanced DSLs in Ruby

Posted in Conferences, Development on December 16, 2008

RubyConf 2008: Advanced DSLs in Ruby

Building Domain Specific Languages in Ruby shows the power and flexibility of the language. This talk covers some advanced DSL techniques in Ruby, including building really fluent interfaces, natural language-styel DSLs, using sticky attributes, factories via const_missing, bubbling methods, and other techniques. This session goes beyond the general syntactic tricks used to create DSLs; it shows how to make internal DSLs in Ruby a compelling abstraction mechanism for building frameworks and other tools.

About Neal Ford
Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of 5 books spanning a variety of technologies. He focuses on designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. Check out his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at

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