RailsConf Europe 2006 which I had attended at London in September 2006 was my first formal conference. It was organized by Ruby Central and Skills Matter and was fairly expensive atleast by Indian Standards, but it was a great exposure for me.
In May this year, I will be attending RailsConf 2007 at Portland, Oregon, being organized by O’reilly and Ruby Central.
With DHH, Dave Thomas, Jim Weirich, Chad Fowler, Jamis Buck and the team doing the plenary sessions, it is bound to be a lotta fun.
I still have to book my air-tickets, so if there is someone else travelling from India, do ping me and we could travel together and do some ruby/rails hacking enroute.
This will be my first trip to US and I am excited about that. US which by default happens to be the first destination for 90% of my fellow technologists from India is happening to me 11 years after I started my career.
At an early stage in my career I had preferred to take up an assignment in Japan rather than US because US seemed approachable any time while oppurtunities to work in Japan were comparatively rare.
Thanks to Rails for making that “possible any time” trip actually happen now.