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Ruby on Rails Project Night Returns for 2009

7 01 2009
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With the holidays over and the hangovers vanquished, what better way to kick off 2009 than a Ruby on Rails Project Night? 

Given the overwhelming response to this event and its success last year, I’m happy to be back as your host and facilitator in 2009 – and couldn’t think of a better line up to start us off.

We’re joined by ‘veteran’ RoR Night presenters Luke Galea and Steven Baker, as well as relative new comer Ollie Saunders, for an evening full of ideas and information having an impact on the programming community.

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Ollie will start the evening, discussing ‘Oh no, OO!‘: 

According to TIOBE, of the ten most popular programming languages all but one (C) are object oriented; most, fundamentally so. 

The industry has, rightly or wrongly, all but settled on OO as the de facto paradigm for programming with many employers making hiring decisions based on candidates’ experience using objects. And yet, pick up any intermediate book on programming and you will find long words and alien concepts that routinely confuse new comers. 

So, how does one learn OO without pain? And whilst we’re at it can we correctly recall what OO is exactly, and why it’s so important? 

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Next, Luke will take us through ‘JRuby and Beyond: write a Java application without writing a line of Java’:

   * Calling Java from Ruby

   * Using spring to inject Ruby classes into a Java application

   * Coding Java data access objects, managers and controllers using Ruby

   * Injecting Ruby methods into a Java object

   * Using Java infrastructure from Rails (Spring, Hibernate, etc + Rails)

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Finally, Steven will share his insights on ‘Avoiding the Big Rewrite: Developing Maintainable Software’:

This talk will focus on practices and experiences that will help prevent software from becoming an unmaintainable mess and enable the development of software that will be a joy to work with long after the final sprint to release. To allow current and future developers to get more excitement out of working with the existing code base and avoid the expensive and time consuming re-write.


Careerious

 

In addition to our presenters for the evening, I’d also like to thank Robert and Careerious.com, our drink sponsor and a fantastic site that helps stop hiring mistakes before they happen.


Rich Media Institute

 

I’m also very glad to be back at the always tech-friendly Rich Media Institute in Toronto, with thanks to Jackie and the folks at Function 13/Pixel Gallery as always. With such a strong turnout expected, please arrive early and enjoy a drink (or two) – we’ll be starting as close to 6:00pm sharp as possible. If you haven’t already RSVP’d to the event via facebook, please do so – we have very little room left!

 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about attending, presenting, sponsoring or getting involved with this event, please contact me at corecorina(at)hotmail(dot)com

See you Wednesday!

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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!

 





Tuesday April 8th : TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night!

2 04 2008

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TSOT’s Ruby on Rails Project Night brings together the brightest minds in Toronto’s programming community for a night of dynamic presentations on the latest Ruby and Ruby on Rails projects.

This month we are proud to feature:

Mike Bowler (GargoyleSoftware) returns armed with a fist full of meta-programming as he looks at “Diving into meta-programming with Date.once”.

Kristan ‘Krispy’ Uccello will examine the architecture and design of the Domainer.com platform as he investigates, “Web Development Demons: Why it can be hard to do something simple”.

Leila Boujnane, co-founder and CEO of Idée Inc., will join us to discuss and demonstrate her company’s highly successful image search APIs.

We are also pleased to have Morph Labs and the Morph eXchange join us as our official drink sponsor for April’s event – therefore BYOB is only necessary in extreme cases! This event is free but space is limited; please reserve your spot by emailing corina.newby@tsotinc.com. If you would like to submit a presentation idea or learn about sponsorship opportunities at future TSOT events, please contact Corina at (416) 908-6082.

If you are interested in learning more about the Obie Fernandez workshops being offered on April 7th, please visit the TSOT events page to obtain your discount code. You can read more about these workshops at www.it360.ca





April 8th: TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night, April 7th: Obie Fernandez

26 03 2008

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This April is gearing up to be a fantastic month for Toronto Ruby on Rails Aficionados… TSOT, Inc. returns on April 8th with the fourth TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night, plus we have arranged an exciting opportunity for TSOT fans to attend the April 7th Obie Fernandez Ruby on Rails workshop! Our last event featured a host of dynamic presentations, and you can now view all past TSOT Ruby on Rails events on our website at www.tsotinc.com/events; we have also posted slides and links from our gracious presenters – Enjoy!

 

With the growing success of TSOT’s RoR event, we are pleased to announce that we have been invited to join the IT360 Conference being held in Toronto on April 7-9, 2008 as an “off-site” event (www.IT360.ca). TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night will be held on Tuesday April 8th at the usual spot – the TSOT development office located at 151 Bloor Street West. We are also pleased offer two Ruby on Rails workshops hosted by Obie Fernandez, taking place at the IT360 Conference on Monday April 7th. As a ‘loyal patron’ of the TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night, we are able to offer you a discounted rate for both the Obie Fernandez Ruby workshops, as well as the entire IT360 conference. Please see below for further details about the workshops and your TSOT discount code.

 

As for the TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night on April 8th, we are pleased to have Morph Labs (www.morphexchange.com) join us as a drink sponsor (so BYOB is only necessary in extreme cases!) and the schedule of presenters will be released next week. We are expecting a great turn out, so please reserve your space TODAY by emailing corina.newby@tsotinc.com. We are also looking for future presenters; contact Corina at (416) 908-6082 if you are interested in getting involved.

 

Thank you again for your support and stay tuned for further details about April’s exciting event!

 

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Spend a Day With Obie Fernandez: Pioneer Ruby on Rails Developer!

It’s a Ruby on Rails extravaganza on April 7th at IT360 Conference & Expo, the premier event for IT professionals. There are two educational tutorials (each 3 hours long) instructed by Obie Fernandez; read on for further details, including special pricing for fans of the TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night.

DATE: Monday April 7, 2008

PLACE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St. W)

===> Tutorial #1 ~ Ruby On Rails I

===> 9:00am – 12:00pm

Session Link: http://www.it360.ca/2008/session_detail.cfm?id=388

===> Tutorial #2 ~ Ruby On Rails II

===> 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Session Link: http://www.it360.ca/2008/session_detail.cfm?id=389

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COST and DISCOUNT INFO:

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As a TSOT fan, you receive a 25% discount.

So it’s only $373.50 to spend the day with Obie Fernandez! This includes both the morning and afternoon tutorials.

++ You must register with Code: EB25

++ Early bird rates have been extended for TSOT fans until April 6, 2008.

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MORE ABOUT THE TUTORIALS:

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Interest in Ruby on Rails has grown incredibly, as “Rails” has made its way into mainstream computing. Interest is growing in-part because of how much fun & productive programming can be when you use a framework that emphasizes common sense, elegance and readability. Obie Fernandez will present two tutorials based on his bestselling book, “The Rails Way”. The morning session provides a basic introduction to the main Rails concepts and programming techniques. In the afternoon, material will be given about effectively building and deploying real applications using Rails.

***Special Book Give-Away! Three attendees during each tutorial will win a free copy of Obie’s book, “The Rails Way”. Register today and you may be one of the six lucky winners.

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MORE ABOUT OBIE:

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Obie Fernandez, CTO of HashRocket, a boutique web consultancy and product shop in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Formerly, a senior consultant at ThoughtWorks, specializing in complex custom enterprise software projects, Obie is a pioneer Ruby on Rails developer and author of best selling book, “The Rails Way”. He contributes regularly to the Ruby on Rails podcast, and is editor for Ruby community portals.





TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night Returns March 11th

29 02 2008

A reminder to Toronto’s programming/development community:

TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night returns Tuesday March 11, 2008
Doors and Snacks 5:30pm; Presentations 6:00pm; Pub After 🙂

This month delivers another unique opportunity to network with fellow
Toronto developers and see demos from up and coming Ruby/Rails
programmers. Last month we had over 60 people register and, despite a
BRUTAL snowstorm, about 30 of you made it out. This month we expect
another good crowd so please reserve your space TODAY by emailing
corina.newby@tsotinc.com – this event is free but space is limited!

(oh and p.s. feel free to BYOB)

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or presenter at a future
event, please contact Corina Newby at 416-908-6082.

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Stay tuned for our schedule of speakers, to be released next week!





FraternityLive and SororityLive at the MGCA/NBGLC

24 02 2008

Greetings from the windy city!

TSOT and FraternityLive/SororityLive are in Chicago this week at the Mid-American Greek Council Association and National Black Greek Leadership Conference, alongside almost 2000 Greek students and advisors. With hot topic sessions ranging from recruitment techniques and risk management to relationships, there certainly seems to be something for everyone. FraternityLive and SororityLive have been getting a lot of attention as both Chapters and Greek Councils seek out new technologies to help them organize and communicate with their members.

In addition to getting to meet some incredible Greek leaders from all over the Nation, FraternityLive and SororityLive garnered a lot of excitement about the new Headquarters, Chapter, and Council level product packages, especially the Family Tree charting, SMS text messaging, and Page Builder applications. The reasonable pricing model also appeals to organizations of any size because it is based on membership numbers; meaning that even a small Chapter or modest Greek campus can benefit from the FraternityLive and SororityLive private networks. One of the best chords we’ve struck has been through the introduction of our facebook application, which allows any organization to capitalize on the popularity of the social network by using it to direct traffic to their private system.

From the great response FraternityLive and SororityLive received at this week’s MGCA/NBGLC, TSOT is looking forward to bringing the FraternityLive and SororityLive network tools to Greek organizations and councils; helping the Greek community to establish a stronger online presence and improve their member management and communications.

If you are interested in learning more about how TSOT’s private label networks can benefit your organization, email me: corina.newby@tsotinc.com





Second Success: TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night

15 02 2008

Thank you to all who came out for the TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night this Tuesday evening. In spite of the snow, we had a cozy audience of over 30 for some fantastic presentations from top Ruby and Ruby on Rails developers. Another round of thanks to our feature presenters: Rowan Hick, Mike Bowler and Luke Galea for their indepth demonstrations as well as their answers to audience inquiries.

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The ‘open discussion’ atmosphere yielded some great results, and we look forward to more ‘collective’ problem solving during future events. Please refer to the links below for more information about our presenters, and stay tuned for our announcement of the March 11, 2008 schedule – our Third TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night promises to be another great opportunity to network with Toronto’s tech community!

Thank you again to all who came out and for those who didn’t make it, save your spot for the next event March 11th!

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Rowan Hick
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How to Avoid Hanging Yourself with Rails
Mike Bowler

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Luke Galea
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Medical Decision Logic Inc