Ruby in 79AD

(Open Sourcing my Role as Indiana Jones)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Sean Marcia


This Talk

  • History Lesson
  • Higher Education
  • Open Source How-To
  • Open Source in Higher Ed
  • Random Stuff sprinkled in

Get Comfortable

And get ready to use your imaginations

Year 79 AD

(I realize 79 CE is the current accepted term)

More History to Explain the History

(Meta-programming History?)

Augustus Caesar

Pax Romana








Yes. Concrete


Let's Get Specific

  • Aug 24, 79AD
  • You're still in Pax Romana but you live in the city of Pompeii.
  • Things have been a little troubling recently...

Nothing to Worry About



So wrong.


On so many levels.

Plinian Eruption

Same as Mount St Helens



They are why we know all this

Academic Research

I hope you didn't forget that I work at a university

Higher Education Myths

Universities are making BANK!

Sadly, no.

Real Story

State  provides % of University Budget:

  • 1985: ~70%

  • 2015: ~20%

Costs have gone up.

university inc



This is terrible :(

There is hope...

From Silicon Valley????

Enough about Academia

Ruby is Awesome!

finding a ruby job...

Traditional Routes



Replicating Errors


Patches/Bug Fixes


Not for everyone...

The path of the many???

I ended up on a different path...

It started at a lunch

I'm kind of a nerd...

Databases? Not to brag but I'm kind of an expert....

In my gemfile I recently changed:


gem "sqlite3"


gem "pg"


So yeah, I've got experience with databases...

How I felt inside...

What they had...

2 days later...

Bootstrap FTW

Good deed done

I'm going to Italy!!!

Archeologist Credentials FTW!!!

They couldn't have done this on their own.

Many Similar Problems

Consistent Problems

  • Enter and Update data
  • Review/lock data
  • Log In
  • Uploads

We've Solved These

Ruby Solutions

  • Simple Form
  • Rolify
  • Devise
  • Carrierwave

Why this way?


Let me digress...

Come Next Year

June 16-19, 2016


Conservation Institute

Shenandoah National Park 

Awesome Neighbours

Red Pandas

Clouded Leopards

These things


  • Cheetahs
  • Bison
  • and more! (Oh my!)

Plus some great projects

Like for a professor who is doing research with RED PANDAS.

Stop by your local University

Or get in touch with me.

  • I can't promise travel

  • I can promise knowledge

Thanks for Listening!


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