Mike and Nicole have been presenting the Rails Studio and the Advanced Rails Studio for a while now. Almost all of them sell out, which says a lot about the quality of both the material and their organization.
So now we're branching out. Chad Fowler and I are putting together an Advanced Ruby course. The first is slated for July 18–20 in Reston.
We've had fun deciding what to include. In the end, we decided to look deeply into the areas that make Ruby unique and productive. We went for stuff that's immediately applicable when you're writing Ruby for real applications: integrating Ruby with other applications, networking, advanced programming techniques that make code easier to maintain, metaprogramming, performance, internationalization and localization, debugging, and so on. We decided to do nothing that's Rails specific: this is all Ruby content.
I'm really looking forward to digging deeply into real-world Ruby in the course. And I'm really happy that Ruby has reached a level of acceptance that will support experiences such as these.