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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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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





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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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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