For anyone that did not attend the first MADExpo (Mid-Atlantic Developer Expo) this week, here are my slides posted on slideshare. This talk centers around 3 basic sections.
The first is general Open Source and what it can do for you as a software developer to increase your skills and general knowledge. Second, it covers some key open source projects I have been working on. Specifically for SQL Server and and ActiveRecord which includes projects like TinyTDS and the latest accomplishments the SQL Server adapter had done for prepared statement support in Rails 3.1.
Lastly, I go over what tools have recently been developed specifically for the Windows community to make using Ruby & Rails an easy experience. One is the great Rails Installer project by Wayne E. Sequin and Luis Lavena. Basically a one click installer for everything from Git, Ruby, Rails, MySQL, TinyTDS & the SQL Server adapter. I even did a new Rails 3.1 project called AdventureWorks.Ruby which shows you how to get up and running with your legacy SQL Server databases. Specifically the hardest point, cloning your legacy schema to a fresh test database via the standard Rails' rake tasks.