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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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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!)

I (heart) stuff...

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!