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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!