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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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Update for Tonight: Toronto RoR Project Night Returns

19 09 2008

Tonight marks the return of the Toronto Ruby on Rails Project Night. For those attending, remember that tonight’s event will be held at the Rich Media Institute, located at 156 August Avenue, Toronto. We’ll begin at 6pm, so please arrive promptly and be sure to bring your presentation ideas for future project nights!

Here’s a quick update from our presenter Paul Doerwald:

Programmers generally hate writing documentation. That’s because most documentation is kept separate from the code and becomes hard to keep up-to-date. Besides violating the DRY principle… it can lead to misleading documentation, which is generally worse than none at all.” [Subramaniam/Hunt ’06]. Why do developers hate writing documentation, and why do stakeholders and managers keep requiring it? Is there agile documentation beyond inline API documentation (JavaDoc, RDoc, etc.) and comments in the code? What parts of a project deserve separate-from-code documentation? How do we identify them, capture them, and keep them relevant?

Tonight’s Toronto Ruby on Rails Project Night presentation discusses the problem of documentation, explores some key aspects to consider when writing effective  documentation, and dreams of a future of testable, executable documentation, where non-code knowledge could be integrated into your code.

 

We will also be joined by James Robertson, Cincom Smalltalk Product Evangelist, who is on a ‘Canadian Tour’ looking at Seaside and WebVelocity:

WebVelocity is a new Smalltalk Development Environment that is oriented around Seaside for Web Development and Glorp for Object/Relatonal Mapping. Come and see how WebVelocity re-targets the Smalltalk development experience into the Web Browser and simplifies the challenge of learning a new environment for newcomers. We’ll even build an entire application using Active Record and Scaffolding during the presentation, with minimal programming. If you’re a fan of Ruby on Rails, you need to come out and see this presentation!

Thanks to everyone who has already RSVP’d – we have a few spots left for tonight’s event, please email me at corecorina@hotmail.com right away if you are interested in attending!





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.





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!)

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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. 





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.