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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!





Sept. 19th: Ruby on Rails Project Night @ The Rich Media Institute

4 09 2008

Hello all Rubists!!!

After a much needed summer hiatus, the Ruby on Rails Project Night ‘community’ is set to gather again on Friday September 19th at a NEW location: the Rich Media Institute!

As some of you may realize, this is a new evening for us. I don’t intend on having our get togethers on Friday, but September 19th is very special.

I am pleased to have James Robertson, Cincom Smalltalk Product Evangelist, joining us on his ‘Canadian Tour’ to look at Seaside and WebVelocity:

WebVeocity 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!

We will also be joined by local Ruby on Rails developer Paul Doerwald, who will examine insights gained from working with ActiveRecord validation internals.

As always, it is the audience – and their participation – that really makes these events great; so I hope you can all join us for this special opportunity. These FREE presentations will take place on September 19th starting at 6pm until approx 7:30pm at the Rich Media Institute.

Please email me at corecorina@hotmail.com or leave a comment below if you are attending – space is limited, please RSVP!





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!

 





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.





TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night – March Success and April Update

24 03 2008

TSOT recently held another successful installment of their monthly Ruby on Rails Project Night for Toronto’s tech community. The highly anticipated event was the third of its kind for TSOT, Inc., local developer of scalable peer-to-peer networks, and over 40 of Toronto’s ‘tech elite’ were in attendance. With a variety of dynamic presentations on a broad range of projects in Ruby and Ruby on Rails, the TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night delivers a unique opportunity for the Toronto programming and development community.

This month’s TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night welcomed a host of presentations from various Toronto developers, including both fun and functional applications being built in Ruby on Rails. Mike Bowler, president of Gargoyle Software and previous presenter, returned to share his technical wisdom on “Exploring the magic behind dynamic finders: diving into ActiveRecord::Base.method_missing”. Following this, local developers Robin Ward and Mike Drach brought their unique sense of internet humour to the table with a look at “RJS: a love and hate affair” in their work with the online RPG ‘Forumwarz’. Finally the feature presenter for the evening Ilya Grigorik, Chief Architect at aideRSS, Inc., demonstrated the challenges involved in “Taming the RSS beast” related to the launch of www.aideRSS.com. Given the balance between technical expertise and innovative ideas, the evening’s presentations struck a very positive chord, with audience members eager to take the opportunity to ask questions, share solutions, and discuss the challenges associated with each of these dynamic Ruby on Rails projects.

The third installment of the TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night this Tuesday was a great success and given the positive response from those in attendance, this unique event will continue to build a loyal following in the tech community. The monthly event takes place on the second Tuesday of every month, returning on April 8th, 2008 to the TSOT development office at 151 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Doors open at 5:30pm and presentations begin at 6:00pm. This event is free but space is limited; if you are interested in attending, 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 events, please contact Corina at (416) 908-6082





TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night Returns March 11th

29 02 2008

A reminder to Toronto’s programming/development community:

TSOT Ruby on Rails Project Night returns Tuesday March 11, 2008
Doors and Snacks 5:30pm; Presentations 6:00pm; Pub After 🙂

This month delivers another unique opportunity to network with fellow
Toronto developers and see demos from up and coming Ruby/Rails
programmers. Last month we had over 60 people register and, despite a
BRUTAL snowstorm, about 30 of you made it out. This month we expect
another good crowd so please reserve your space TODAY by emailing
corina.newby@tsotinc.com – this event is free but space is limited!

(oh and p.s. feel free to BYOB)

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or presenter at a future
event, please contact Corina Newby at 416-908-6082.

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Stay tuned for our schedule of speakers, to be released next week!