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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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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!





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!





Party On the RubyFringe – July 18-20

16 07 2008

Note to alt punk nerd self… RubyFringe kick off party this Friday!





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!

 





Off to San Francisco… *thaaaaaaaaaanks*

21 04 2008

OK… well not everyone will have seen the South Park episode necessary to find humour in my title… but I’m off to San Fran for the first time this week, planning to give lots of Web 2.0 Expo-sure. My previous company, TSOT, Inc. is sending me along for the ride, and since I have not yet had the opportunity to attend any O’Reilly events, Web 2.0 seems like a good place to start!

Before all my ‘hardcore’ nerd friends chime in with their two cents, I realize that by naming it ‘Web 2.0’ the conference is going to see a lot of upturned noses and smugness – maybe that’s why it’s in San Fran ? (haha South Park again) However I’m going to try and leverage my way into some interesting conversations and fun parties at the event. It’s always good to see what the general business community thinks of web 2.0 technologies, especially when it comes to implementation; this conference is probably the one place where I can chat without being completely overshadowed by tech gurus… *crossed fingers* 🙂

 

Anyway, for those of you who attend the Ruby on Rails Project Night in Toronto, I’ll be trying to drum up some interest for our event as well. I’ve already spoken to a few Rails design houses who are interested in getting involved both as sponsors and as presenters – don’t forget to direct interest my way: corecorina@hotmail.com or corina.newby@tsotinc.com – so far things are looking good for May and June!

 

A bit of a boring post just to give an update… LOTS more to come once I arrive in the Bay! Not being much of a flower girl… I’ll just show up with my laptop/ipod/blackberry in hand.