Erin Mulder on 6 Jun 2007 16:57:46 -0000

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[PhillyOnRails] Meeting Recap

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  • Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 12:57:28 -0400
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Many thanks to Andrea and Evan for their talks last night and to
everyone who attended!  It was great to see so many new faces (8-10
folks who were attending their first meeting).

I put a flipchart at the back of the room for people to jot down topic
ideas, cool discoveries, etc.  Here's what showed up:

"Cool stuff I've been playing around with lately"
 * Scala
 * Erlang
 * AppleTV
 * iPhone
 * rspec
 * Hadoop

"Topics I'd like to see at Philly on Rails"
 * Deployment options
 * Rake
 * Capistrano
 * Rubinius
 * Routes and extending routes
 * rspec
 * Email in/out of Ruby
 * Slingshot/Joyent Connector
 * Google Gears
 * Test-driven development

Colin Bartlett volunteered to talk about rspec, Allen Fair is going to
step up to the plate and give an Email In/Out of Ruby talk, and I'm
already slotted to do a talk next month on Deployment Options.  If any
of you are up for speaking on other topics on this list (or have other
ideas), please email and let us know!

There was also some discussion at the meeting and afterwards about
adding in more beginner level talks for those who are completely new to
Ruby and Rails.

It would be great if new folks could respond (to me or the list) with
their thoughts on:

 * Attending 6pm sessions (before the main meeting) on basic Ruby/Rails
   topics (e.g. Ruby 101, Rails 101, ActiveRecord, Migrations, RubyGems)

 * Attending a long tutorial session on a different night or weekend

It would also be great if experienced folks could let me know whether
they'd still attend if we devoted the 7pm slot at our regular meetings
to beginner content.

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