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These slides were for a presentation at the Apache Cocoon GetTogether in 2005.
From http://web.archive.org/web/20051221213534/www.cocoongt.org/speakers/andrew.html here is the synopsis:
New frameworks such as Ruby on Rails are teaching the old dogs some new tricks. With the maxims of "write less code", "don't repeat yourself" and " convention over configuration", programming has become fun again. What can the Cocoon framework learn from this?
Consider the lilies: most Java/XML developers fight with configuration and project building tools, and while they do XML situps, our Rails colleagues utter nice Zen-like 'umms' as their framework gently guesses at their thoughts.
This session will point out the ways in which we can learn from our competitors and make life easier for our users. It will also introduce Racoon: all the fun of Rails, on Cocoon.