I stayed up late last night opening up RailsConf registration. Before I even got the time to post about it here, we’re well on our way to selling out.

RailsConf is going to be the conference to go to this year. We’ve got a keynote lineup so amazing I can hardly believe it. We have over 80 high quality talk proposals to pick from, so the main session content is guaranteed to be incredible. We’re planning panel discussions with the Rails Core team, and time for self-organizing activities.

But I think the thing I’m most proud of, which I can’t take any credit for, is the Rails Guidebook. What if you were excited about a technology and really wanted to attend a conference to learn about it, but you thought the sessions might all be over your head? How would you prepare yourself to make sure you got the most out of the experience?

How about getting the top instructors in the field to give you a one-day immersion, covering everything you need to know to feel like an insider at the conference? That’s what the Rails Guidebook is. Dave Thomas and Mike Clark, of the Pragmatic Studio, are going to be laying all the groundwork you might need all day on June 22.

Members of the Rails Core team and the RubyGems team will be onsite for an install fest, that will get you and your laptop all set up to experiment and create during the conference.

And all you have to do to attend the Guidebook session (aside from registering for the conference itself) is to donate money to one or more of a predefined list of charities. The minimum requested donation is $40 US, but we’ve already seen people exceed that by leaps and bounds. It’s exciting to see people giving so generously in the name of Ruby and Rails.

When the Guidebook fills up (and that’s going to happen soon), I would love to see the giving continue. Dave and Mike will be announcing how much we as a community have raised at RailsConf. So even if you’re not going to attend the Guidebook session—or even RailsConf—help make the community proud.

Let’s put another insanely great number on the map for the Ruby community.