Thanks for coming everyone! I had a fun time, and I hope you got something out of my rather disorganized ramble, perhaps just a sense of how you can play with things.
I want to repeat some of the information in case you missed it.
Conrad Irwin's talk on Pry is probably essential, I did it absolutely no justice at all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9j_Mf91M0I
The three gems I said to include:
Finally, although there's really no more value in it, the prezi that gave a pretty visual backdrop to my introduction: http://prezi.com/5x_kxihbietd/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
Update: April 26, 2015
Time marches on, gems come and go, and entropy wields it's might force.
I no longer install
jazz_hands -- instead I now always install these:
- pry-rails -- installs pry and a few others, and makes pry the rails console.
- pry-byebug -- debugging in pry (byebug is the debugger for the newer versions of ruby, > 2.1)
- pry-nav -- provides useful navigation around code during debugging.
Listing these also brings in
byebug, and a few other useful things.