Barbados is a tropical paradise, and RubyCaribe is serious work. What about fun?
Software development is fun. But for the other kind of fun, the kind you can only find on a tropical island in the middle of January, we suggest that you arrive in Barbados a few days early or stay a few days after.
There's plenty to do in Barbados. Bring a friend or members of your family. Tour the bottom of the ocean by submarine. Schedule yourself for scuba diving, water skiing, or other ocean sports. Take an island tour and study Caribbean history. Kids can go swimming and snorkeling. Adults can sample the world's oldest rum.