Are You Taking Things Too Far? - RailsConf

Sometimes as developers it can be a little too easy to lose sight of the big picture sometimes, we can get carried away with following the conventional wisdom without thinking about why that wisdom became conventional.

Several great ideas and techniques can become huge time-sinks or distractions if we’re not careful.

Just because something is a good idea in moderation, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea when overused. In this talk I’ll question some of the orthodoxy which has built up in the rails community. Topics will include:

Building DSLs
Focusing on Beautiful code
Testing, Specs and Mocks
Being RESTful
Avoiding Premature Optimisation

Hopefully by moderating our excesses in some of these areas, we can free up some time to improve our applications, or step back and take some time off to relax.