This time around the event runs from May 17th to the 20th. Am I gonna go? I’m debating. It seems like a great opportunity to hear a bunch of great speakers, absorb some mad knoweldge, and meet like-minded Rubyists. Plus it’s in Portland Oregon (the other Portland), a city I’ve always wanted to visit, and a mere 2 hours from a good friend of mine in Eugene.
The thing that gives me pause is, of course, the cost. Registration is rumored to be a whopping $800 for the 4-day event this year, roughly double the 2006 event price. Ouch. Does this dramatic price hike reflect significantly increased offerings, or is it just because Rails has moved a bit closer to the mainstream — meaning that more corporate entities are capable of coughing up the usual exorbitant conference fees to send employees? Sigh. In either case, as a self-employed developer type that’s painful. Only half as painful as WWDC. But still, painful.
Of course, if you have the time and the skills, CD Baby is sponsoring a HackFest to send the top 20 patch contributors free of charge (inc hotel). You’ve got until the 22nd to make your impact as measured here. And yes, I’m a bit late in posting that news.