Topic: Rails Day archives needed for research study

Hello there.

The two previous Rails Day events were great for increasing
Rails awareness.

But they also represent a good snapshot of current practices
in creating web applications with Ruby on Rails, considering the
large number of participating teams. (more then 50 in both years AFAIK).

And best of all, the code archives are freely available.
Well, at least they were freely available at some time.

Sadly, the websites for both Rails Days (2005 and 2006) have completely
disappeared from the web, and now I am searching for any leads,
as to where I could still get the code.

What do I need the code for?

For my master thesis, I would like to analyse Rails applications,
to make some measurements. Like the average number of model objects,
controllers and controller actions. Or to see how much of the scaffolding actually
got replaced.

I would publish the numbers on the web as soon as I have them in a neutral and raw format
(so anybody can make his own statistics and analysis), alongside with my observations,
as I get them.

So, how can you help me?

If you have a copy of the subversion archive/dump of Rails Day 2005 or 2006,
then please let me know.

If you know the organizers of one of the Rails Days, then please let me know.
Then I can ask them for the subversion archives.


Thanks in advance for any help,
and cheers from Ireland, Benjamin.

Re: Rails Day archives needed for research study

I may have a copy of 2006 dump at work - I'll email it to you if I find it. I know I have the project I submitted (RegexTutor), let me know if you want that if I can't find the full dump.

Sounds like an interesting study. However, I don't think you will get an accurate representation of a normal Rails site because of the extreme time constraint. I know I would have done things a bit differently had I not been forced to do it in 24 hours.

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Re: Rails Day archives needed for research study

Hi ryanb,

thanks a lot for the answer.

Somebody already supplied me with a dump of the Rails Day 2006 archives yesterday, after mailing a few people. Now I am looking for the 2005 archives, but they are probably not so easy to find.

Good comment, probably a lot of the rails day projects are kind of rushed, and may lead to biased results.

Do you know of any other repositories of Rails applications, which have the source code available?

Re: Rails Day archives needed for research study

Rick Olson (technoweenie) has a quite a few open source projects. Mephisto and Beast being the two big ones probably. There's also the Open Source Projects wiki page. I don't know how up to date it is though.

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Re: Rails Day archives needed for research study

There are probably a bunch scattered around www.rubyforge.org ... but many of those are incomplete.

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