Rails and the Single Page App - a Case Study

Rails Israel Conference, Monday, November 12, 2012, 13:55

Single page apps are all the rage - apps that use MVC JavaScript frameworks and a simple REST based API on the server side (if at all) to persists data are popping up all over the place and are especially popular as a relatively simple way of developing responsive and highly interactive mobile web applications. Enough of the buzzword bingo. Building single page apps comes with a whole new set of problems that are to solve: JS side templating and where to store the templates, how to create apps that are both working as single page apps and are indexable by the mighty google bot. Also: Testing, security, etc. This talk summarizes reasons for and agains building a single page app and tops it off with deeper looks into technical aspects of building a rich client app for the browser.

Jan Krutisch is a freelance web developer from Hamburg, Germany. He founded the first german Rails usergroups, wrote several books and articles on ruby, rails and other web technologies, and is a regular speaker at various conferences around Europe. Currently he's doing a lot of work at the frontend end of things, mostly building highly interactive™ javascript applications for the mobile web.

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