GoRuCo 2012 talk
So this post is a few weeks overdue. I gave a microtalk at the GoRuCo 2012 (Gotham Ruby Conference) a few weeks ago. It was a blast!
My talk was titled ‘Your Face in 10 minutes…with Macruby!’ I ran through how one would create a desktop Mac face detection/recognition app with Macruby. For face detection, I use Cocoa’s native CIDetector (Core Image Detector) Api. For facial recognition, I integrated a Face.com rubygem. Since then as I’m sure you’ve heard, Face.com is shutting down its API services as part of the Facebook acquisition. So that part might not work in the near future, but still is a great example of how to integrate existing rubygems in a Macruby project.
I really wanted to get people excited about Macruby. I’ve been building apps with it for a couple of years now, some of which I hope to publish to the Mac App store at some point. With all the hype and excitement about RubyMotion, I don’t want people to forget where a lot of that awesome-ness came from. Its a great platform and writing desktop apps is actually fun!
I was humbled to speak amongst some ruby greats (i.e. Jim Weirich, David Chelimsky, Dr. Nic Williams). It was great chatting with everyone at the conference but the Yacht Party and especially the Karaoke after-after-party was AWESOME!
Since it is my birthday today, I’d like to offer everyone a gift…the code and slides from my talk :). You can also find the talk on Confreaks and its also available on Vimeo.
The web is soooo last decade…its all about desktop apps now ;)