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For Fans of Toronto’s Ruby on Rails Project Night…

1 07 2008

Hey everyone and apologies for not getting this out to you sooner, but the Toronto Ruby on Rails Project Night will be taking an hiatus over July and August 2008. There are TONS of fantastic events going on for Ruby’ists this summer and, rather than try to steal people’s precious free time away from these, I’m going to lend a hand.

 

This means that Tuesday September 9th will mark the *glorious* return of the Toronto Ruby on Rails Project Night – anyone interested in getting involved, please email me at corecorina@hotmail.com ASAP. Thanks to everyone who has been contacting me with questions about the Project Night – see you in September!

Ruby on Rails Project Night returns September 9th!

In the meantime, please don’t forget to check my blog and torontoRB for updates about what’s going on this summer. The next big event I’m looking forward to will be RubyFringe, namely the kickoff party on Friday July 18th – stay tuned!

 

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Another Round of Rails for Toronto Tech Crowd @ 6th Ruby on Rails Project Night

12 06 2008

This past Tuesday June 10th I hosted the 6th monthly Ruby on Rails Project Night for the Toronto ‘Tech crowd’… with almost 50 in attendance (yet again!) it’s been fantastic to get such a great response every month, ever since the night first kicked off in January. There’s been many familiar faces in the crowd, but also plenty of news ones… and I’m so happy to hear that this has been a beneficial event for many newcomers to Toronto’s programming community. As some of you know, I began this event when I was working in the TSOT, Inc. offices as a way to help the company reach out to the tech community, particularly those working in Ruby on Rails. The event has grown into a Toronto-wide affair, and I am proud to host so many talented developers and members of the tech industry each month.

This June we again held our event in the TSOT, Inc. and IWD Canada office space, and a big thank you is due to Nelson and Dan for helping with the logistics. In the future we will be moving to a new venue, so please stay tuned to my blog or torontorb for all the exciting news. 

This month’s Ruby on Rails Project Night saw a great turn out from the entire community… in particular Unspace, who joined us as a drink sponsor in promotion of the upcoming RubyFringe conference in Toronto. Of course there is always lots of interest in the Project Night, and lots of questions about the presentation materials. Our presenters Mike Bowler (Gargoyle Software), Rowan Hick (work.rowanHick) and Libin Pan (LearnHub) brought a wealth of information on Enumerable, MERB, and RailsConf ’08.

Please visit the following links to see slides from the evening:

http://www.slideshare.net/mbowler/inside-enumerable

Mike Bowler (http://www.GargoyleSoftware.com) dove “Inside Enumerable”, looking at one of the most frequently used mixins to see how it works and how you use it. In order to explain Enumerable itself, he shared his expertise by looking into Mixins/Modules and case equality.

http://work.rowanhick.com/2008/06/11/toronto-rails-night-merb-presentation/

Rowan Hick (http://torontorb.ca) prepared a much anticipated presentation on “Merb, the Pocket Rocket framework.” As the framework for hackers, Rowan led an exploration of why Merb differs from Rails and how to get your feet wet in it.

http://rails.learnhub.com/lesson/page/2291-rails-conf2008-summary-review

Libin Pan (http://learnhub.com/) who is a regular at the Toronto RoR Project Night along with Wes and Carsten, brought us news and reviews from the recent RailsConf ‘08! He and his colleagues were fortunate enough to attend the recent Rails gathering in Portland and shared a taste of their experience with us.

As always, I owe much of the success of this event to people like Mike, Rowan, Andrew Burke, and all our dedicated presenters, as well as the overwhelming level of interest and support from the community. In the hopes of continuing the trend of success, I’m looking for interested presenters (as well as sponsors/suporters) to please get in touch with me atcorecorina@hotmail.com

Also, if you are interested in PR, promotion and marketing services for your company, feel free to get in touch with me; I am currently looking for new clients in the tech industry!

I look forward to the next Toronto Ruby on Rails Project Night, scheduled for Tuesday July 8th… Stay tuned to my blog and torontorb.ca for all the details, and thanks for another great evening.





Join Us in June for Toronto’s Ruby on Rails Project Night

3 06 2008

This Tuesday June 10th marks the 6th Ruby on Rails Project Night for Toronto’s tech community. Join us for some fantastic presentations from top developers, as well as a RailsConf ’08 review!

This month, Mike Bowler (http://www.GargoyleSoftware.com) will go “Inside Enumerable”. In his own words, his presentation will look at one of the most frequently used mixins and see how it works and how you use it. In order to explain Enumerable itself, he’ll share his expertise by looking into Mixins/Modules and case equality.

Rowan Hick (http://torontorb.ca) has also prepared a much anticipated presentation on “Merb, the Pocket Rocket framework.” As the framework for hackers, Rowan will lead an exploration of why Merb differs from Rails and how to get your feet wet in it.

Finally we will be joined by Libin Pan (http://learnhub.com/) who is a regular at the Toronto RoR Project Night; he will bring us news and reviews from the recent RailsConf ’08! Libin and his colleagues were fortunate enough to attend the recent Rails gathering in Portland and will share his experience with our audience.

This event is free but space is limited: RSVP by emailing corecorina@hotmail.com . The Ruby on Rails Project Night is held at 151 Bloor Street West, Toronto and presentations begin at 6pm. BYOB!

Thank you to everyone who has already shown interest. We need presenters for July and August – please contact me ASAP!

See you Tuesday!

Corina 🙂
https://correlations.wordpress.com





Toronto Ruby on Rails Project Night Celebrates Fifth Monthly Success!

22 05 2008

May 13th marked my Fifth Ruby on Rails Project Night for the Toronto programming community. This newly independent event is something I’ve taken on myself since leaving TSOT, Inc. and, with the help of many many friends and supporters, is held on the second Tuesday of every month. This event continues to draw a great crowd and I’m pleased to report that it’s starting to really get noticed: we’ll be featured on an upcoming segment on CTV news so look for it!

For May’s Ruby on Rails Project Night, we welcomed back Andrew Burke of ShinDig to discuss how to “Keep your Sanity With the Command Design Pattern”. A long time friend and supporter of the Ruby on Rails Project Night, Andrew joined us as a presenter for the very first event back in January. We hope to have him join us again soon! May’s event also included an indepth presentation on RSpec from Steven Baker, who discussed behaviour driven development; and finally, we were very pleased to have Paul Bloor of Idee Inc. join us to discuss his company’s highly successful Image Search APIs and how they are being used in different applications. A big thanks to all of our presenters for both their time and effort in the demos, as well as for their time in fielding questions from the audience. The Ruby on Rails Project Night is intended to open up the floor for all levels of developers and technical interests, and it’s been fantastic to see both new and familiar faces every month.

The next Ruby on Rails Project Night will be held on Tuesday June 10th, 2008, with details coming soon on my blog and of course at www.torontorb.ca – please add this fantastic new website to your favourites, as Rowan Hick has put together a great source for all Toronto-area Ruby Info. Along with the help of many volunteers, I host the Ruby on Rails Project Night each and every month as a way to generate excitement and energy about new tech projects in Toronto. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me atcorecorina@hotmail.com or better yet, come see me at one of the events; I’m always interested in new presenters/sponsors/contributors!   

Thanks to all our supporters and see you June 10th!





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!

 





Web 2.0 Expo-sure in San Fran

1 05 2008

Jerry 2.0     I was lucky enough to score a free trip to San Francisco last week (first time there!) to attend the O’Reilly/CMP Web 2.0 Expo. An interesting event, even though the common theme seemed to be disappointment over the lack of end-customer contact at the Expo… However it was never really sold as a ‘consumer’ gathering. From what I understood, this was an industry-wide event giving new developers/ideas a chance to gain exposure in a VERY crowded market – and I suppose it delivered on that end!

\ What Disney/abc money can do web-ex does it right \'Buy Me\' Demos... they do work! An array of speakers, including Tim O\'Reilly, to rehash the definition of \'Web 2.0\'

In attending different social gatherings and sponsored sessions, I met tons of people from across the Western hemisphere who were looking for ways to expand their reach into the 2.0 market. The best part of the Expo for me was the encouraging feedback I received from most of the developers I met – many looking for a way to enter Toronto’s tech community and most actively seeking ways to promote their company and outsource their marketing/PR (hopefully, this will keep me in demand!)

I (heart) stuff...

Overall I wouldn’t recommend the Web 2.0 Expo unless your company has something clearly defined and ready to sell – although your end-users may not frequent these gatherings, most of your potential partnerships and widespread distribution channels have some sort of representation in attendance. It definitely takes more effort to make these meetings happen, but seeking out mutually interested businesses can help you to secure your position in the market by borrowing from the credibility of others. Everyone at the Expo seemed to come with open ears and were willing to lend them even to small fries like myself… whether or not you can afford to attend these events, they’re useful in creating a spirit of entrepreneurialism and excitement in an often jaded industry – that alone made my trip worthwhile 🙂

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanksss!





Off to San Francisco… *thaaaaaaaaaanks*

21 04 2008

OK… well not everyone will have seen the South Park episode necessary to find humour in my title… but I’m off to San Fran for the first time this week, planning to give lots of Web 2.0 Expo-sure. My previous company, TSOT, Inc. is sending me along for the ride, and since I have not yet had the opportunity to attend any O’Reilly events, Web 2.0 seems like a good place to start!

Before all my ‘hardcore’ nerd friends chime in with their two cents, I realize that by naming it ‘Web 2.0’ the conference is going to see a lot of upturned noses and smugness – maybe that’s why it’s in San Fran ? (haha South Park again) However I’m going to try and leverage my way into some interesting conversations and fun parties at the event. It’s always good to see what the general business community thinks of web 2.0 technologies, especially when it comes to implementation; this conference is probably the one place where I can chat without being completely overshadowed by tech gurus… *crossed fingers* 🙂

 

Anyway, for those of you who attend the Ruby on Rails Project Night in Toronto, I’ll be trying to drum up some interest for our event as well. I’ve already spoken to a few Rails design houses who are interested in getting involved both as sponsors and as presenters – don’t forget to direct interest my way: corecorina@hotmail.com or corina.newby@tsotinc.com – so far things are looking good for May and June!

 

A bit of a boring post just to give an update… LOTS more to come once I arrive in the Bay! Not being much of a flower girl… I’ll just show up with my laptop/ipod/blackberry in hand.