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Ruby on Rails Project Night May 7th (Star Trek May 8th)

5 05 2009

 

Where the cool nerds go...

Where the cool nerds go...

 

 

Hello and welcome Ruby/Rails aficionados!

This Thursday May 7th marks the Spring version of the Toronto Ruby on Rails Project Night. I’ve almost lost count, but I’ve been running these events for just over a year and a half, and there’s been no shortage of interest or involvement!

Clearfit

Clearfit

 

I’m very happy to say that Robert Nishimura has again stepped up to provide drinks for us this Thursday, in support of Clearfit.com – so please join us if you can! It’s a free, fun and informative way to meet some of the brightest dev talent in Toronto!

 

This Thursday May 7th, starting at 6pm, Toronto’s Ruby on Rails night is proud to present:

Libin Pan – A iPod Ruby Appetizer

1. Running Ruby shell on iPhone
2. Using Ruby to develop iPhone Apps
3. Using Ruby to help developing iPhone Apps

Kristan Uccello – A 3-Course Meal

1. A crash course in Domain Driven Desing, Behaviour Driven Design and Cucumber
2. Xampl and how it can make your code not suck
3. A quick intro to the new Domainer Platform

Andrew Burke – A Careerious Re-write:

“In the fall of 2008 I rewrote the core application for Careerious.com (now clearfit.com), taking a crufty and poorly-written .NET application and turning it into a cleaner and leaner Ruby on Rails application. The result is a codebase one fifth of the size, major performance improvements, and a lot less Fail. I’ll cover how the project worked out, some of the technical challenges, and show some seriously WTF C# code (and how I fixed it).”

 

Rich Media Institute

Rich Media Institute

The Spring installment of Toronto’s Ruby on Rails Project Night will be held at the Rich Media Institute in Toronto on Thursday May 7th, from 6 to 8pm. 

If you are planning to join us, please RSVP by leaving a comment below OR by adding yourself to the guestlist for the facebook event. Space is limited, so please RSVP to let us know if you and any guests are coming. Looking forward to another great night of RoR insights and project presentations! 

Oh, and for anyone who hasn’t seen Star Trek yet… it’s pretty awesome and comes out May 8th 🙂

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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!





Updates: RoR Project Night, TTW +more

31 10 2008

 

happy halloween!

Happy Halloween, mind your flaming belches tonight.

 

So to anyone and everyone checking in on this blog from time to time, a small Halloween update on what’s  going on with me, Ruby on Rails Project Night, and a few other interesting projects…

– Ruby on Rails Project Night is always popular in terms of attendees, but I am running short on willing presenters. I appreciate, completely, that people are a) nervous and b) hesitant about showing off their stuff, but trust me – the crowd is very positive and pleasant and YOU want this presentation experience/feedback! Anyone interested in getting involved, please email me or contact me as soon as possible.

– Venue hunting is something I’ve become quite good at, however if anyone has suggestions for future RoR project night or Toronto Dev lunch locations, please forward your ideas along.

Toronto Tech Week founder Dave Forde and I have been taking steps towards a Consumer-geared gadget show for Toronto. If you, your company, or someone you know would benefit from the exposure/publicity, please let me know.

– As some of you may already know, I’ve become quite involved with blogTO and now, DearToronto – two hyper local news/media sites. Feel free to check them out and share feedback from time to time, as this sort of web-publishing has become one of my new favourite pastimes 🙂

 

I’ll be sure to post an update on the (presumed) November RoR Project Night, soon as I have the presenters lined up. Remember, without presenters I really can’t do such a great job hosting 😉 …well I could, but I think you’d all tire of me rather quickly 🙂

 

In the meantime, Happy Halloween!





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!

 





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!