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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.

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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