Last week, Shanghai ruby-ists hit a new high. RubyConfChina had 450+ attendees for a standing room only event. Ruby creator Matz was the headliner. This marks a considerable uptick since the ruby community started organizing in Shanghai.
About 18 months ago, a few friends put together the first Shanghai on Rails event. It all happened as innocently as you might expect: a few local programmers got together; we thought we could hold an event for about 20 people. We had to cut off registration at 40 due to room capacity. Since then, The Shanghai on Rails group has really taken off. This is the 5th (?) event since we started. And WOW!!! Its clear Ruby is making its mark in China. I was in the U.S. and had to miss this fantastic turnout. Looking forward to getting back to Shanghai next week and catching up. Congrats!!!