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Tuesday May 13th Ruby on Rails Project Night

4 05 2008

I’m looking forward to my first solo effort at the Ruby on Rails Project Night, and remind you all that you’re invited to join us next Tuesday May 13th, 2008. This event will continue to be held in the TSOT development office, located at 151 Bloor Street West, Suite 1130, Toronto. We always draw a great crowd and I’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of support from Toronto’s tech community as I took on the hosting of this event. Although the Project Night is free, space is limited; please make sure you reserve your spot by emailing me at corina.newby@tsotinc.com or submit an RSVP on facebook.

The May Ruby on Rails Project Night will open at 5:45pm with presentations at 6pm. This month the Ruby on Rails Project Night will feature:

Steven Baker (quarter-turn.com), who will launch the evening by exploring “Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec

Andrew Burke (shindigital.com), who returns to discuss what I termed ‘Using the “Command” Design Pattern Elegantly”… however he has revised the title to “Keeping Your Sanity With the Command Design Pattern” (haha, guess ‘elegantly’ is too tongue and cheek to carry over the web)

and Leila Boujnane, co-founder and CEO of Idée Inc. and feature presenter, who will demonstrate her company’s highly successful image search APIs.

May’s evening is a BYOB event, but some people usually proceed to a nearby pub after the presentations. I thank everyone for their ongoing support and interest – as always, if you would like to get involved as a presenter or sponsor, please email corina.newby@tsotinc.com or call (416) 809-9673.

Woz he ever!

To see reviews and presentations from past Ruby on Rails Project Nights,

please visit TSOT Inc. or continue to visit this blog!

 

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FraternityLive and SororityLive Makeover!

8 02 2008

TSOT’s FraternityLive and SororityLive networks have just released a fresh new look, with a Spring Break photo contest launching soon!

Very exciting and bright, check out the freshness:


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TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night Returns Tuesday Feb. 12th

30 01 2008

Attention Toronto Tech Community,

Tuesday February 12th marks the return of the monthly TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night, which promises to be another great event for Toronto’s Tech crowd. We had a tremendous response to our first Project Night, with over 50 in attendance at TSOT’s new developer office. February’s Project Night looks to be equally successful, and we will get deeper into the technical side of things (because that’s what you asked for!)

I have been contacted by several Ruby on Rails developers who are eager to bring their current projects to share at our Monthly event. On February 12th we are proud to feature presentations from the following members of the Rails community:

Rowan Hick on “How to avoid hanging yourself in Rails” (or optimising your activerecord associations) 

Mike Bowler and Steve Vetzal on helping new businesses to be memorable with EasyBrandingTools.com 

Luke Galea on the CRMS (Clinical Research Management System) from Medical Decision Logic, which is a Rails and Prolog/XSB application used to manage drug and procedure trials at the some of the biggest hospitals in the US. 

TSOT’s Ruby on Rails Project Night will take place on Tuesday February 12th, 2008 at our development office located at 151 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Doors will open at 5:30pm with presentations beginning at 6-6:30pm. This event is free but space is limited; reserve your spot today by emailing corina.newby@tsotinc.com. 
If you are interested in presenting at a future event or learning more about TSOT, please contact Corina at (416) 908-6082. See you Feb.12th!

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Scientology – Sometimes It’s Best to Say Nothing At All

19 01 2008

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Take a cue from Tom Cruise… it’s best to say nothing – but try to elaborate your discussion of nothing into a 9 min speech that makes you look like a deluded zealot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFBZ_uAbxS0





TSOT’s New Office – True to Toronto’s Tech Scene

15 01 2008

Yeah, that’s right; This IS a gratuitous post about TSOT’s gorgeous new office! Our company has just opened an awesome ‘playground/workspace’ for our developers, and I have to say it really embodies the ‘tech business’ culture of our city. Anyone who has spent time in the heart of Toronto knows that we tend to be a little ‘outside the box’ when it comes to business etiquette – casual everydays and flex-schedules aside, we like to embrace the fun side of our tech community. 60” plasma televisions help, as does having Wii and Xbox 360 systems in the office… musical instruments and a karaoke mic also help induce a bit of extroversion in the workplace 😉

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Our team is really happy with the new space, and we’ve already begun to invite the community in to take a peek. Our next event for the tech community will take place Tuesday February 12th at 5:30pm – please call me at (416) 640-6144 x229 for details, or visit http://www.tsotinc.com to sign up for our newsletter.

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Success! TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night will be back EVERY month!

10 01 2008
TSOT, Inc. opened the doors of their brand new ‘developer playground’ to Toronto’s tech elite this Tuesday for the premier of TSOT’s Ruby on Rails Project Night.
As TSOT’s VP of PR, I was lucky enough to coordinate the event and got to meet tons of key players in Toronto’s tech community!
TSOT’s Ruby on Rails Night Premiers in the new Bloor St. office
Thank you to everyone in attendance at the first TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night this past Tuesday. The evening was a great success with demos from Andrew Burke, Hampton Caitlin and Mike Ferrier (thank you guys, great work) and the MC stylings of TSOT’s own Joey deVilla. With over 40 of Toronto’s tech elite comfortably filling TSOT’s new office, we couldn’t have asked for a better crowd!Please mark your calendars Tuesday February 12th for our next TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night, which promises to be another great event for Toronto’s tech community.
If you are interested in presenting at a future event or learning more about TSOT, please contact me, Corina at (416) 908-6082.
Thanks again to everyone and see you Feb. 12th!
Toronto’s Tech Elite Gather at TSOT’s Ruby on Rails Project Night




Press Release Me!

7 08 2007

So, with all the buzz going on at work surrounding the FraternityLive and SororityLive websites, particularly as we draw closer to Rush events geared at getting students connected as they return to campus, I’ve had the opportunity to look into press release services to distribute our news. The company I work for, TSOT Inc., needed to find a fast and reliable way of getting the word out – beyond the world of blogging, that is. Based on the nature of our products, which are internet based and largely fueled by users in the web 2.0 scheme, I chose PRweb (eMediawire affiliate) as my distribution outlet. So far I’ve only submitted one release… a tester of sorts… just to feel the waters and see what sort of interest I can garner along the way. Much to my surprise, and despite the Canadian civic holiday, the article has already gotten quite a few hits. It was picked up by google news (though not as a top story 🙂 as well as another UK newssite… it’s pretty gratifying to see that PRweb’s online editors gave the release a 4 out of 5 editorial rating, too (speaking to my ability to write a press release, yeehaw) – I think the real question is will there be any correlation between the release stats and our site stats… only time will tell.

In the meanwhile, if you would like to view the release or subscribe, visit:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/8/prweb544687.htm

If you have any comments or feedback, feel free to leave it here so I can reply!