[GNHLUG] MONDAY: David Berube presents Introduction to Ruby and Rails @ CentraLUG

Ted Roche tedroche at tedroche.com
Fri Nov 30 09:53:03 EST 2007

The monthly meeting of CentraLUG, the Concord/Central NH GNHLUG chapter,
happens the first Monday of most months at the New Hampshire Technical
Institute's Library, room 146, at 7 PM. Next month's meeting is on
December 3rd at 7 PM. Directions and maps are available at
http://www.centralug.org Open to the public. Free admission. Tell your

At this meeting, David Berube will be presenting an Introduction to Ruby
on Rails.

About the presentation

David Berube, author of "Practical Ruby Gems" and the "Practical
Reporting with Ruby and Rails", will discuss the basics of Ruby and Ruby
on Rails.

Rails - often call Ruby on Rails - helps you create web applications.
It's a scalable web database framework; it uses ActiveRecord as its data
source, so it's able to use a number of different database backends,
such as MySQL and PostgreSQL. (ActiveRecord was originally part of
Rails. You can find out more about ActiveRecord in the ActiveRecord gem

In fact, Ruby on Rails is arguable more than just a web framework - it's
a phenomenon. It won a Jolt Software Development Productivity award in
2006, and a remarkable number of technology startups are either
switching to Ruby on Rails or are starting with Ruby on Rails software
as a cornerstone of their business plan.

About David

David Berube is a Ruby developer, trainer, author, and speaker. He's
used both Ruby and Ruby on Rails for several years, starting in 2003
when he became a Ruby advocate after he wrote about the language for Dr
Dobb's Journal. Prior to this he worked professionally with PHP, Perl,
C++, and Visual Basic.

His professional accomplishments include creating the Ruby on Rails
engine for CoolRuby.com (http://coolruby.com), a site that tracks the
latest Ruby developments, and working with ThoughtBot
(www.thoughtbot.com) on the Rails engine that powers Sermo America's Top
Doctor contest. Additionally, he has worked on several other Ruby
projects, including the engine powering CyberKnowHow's
BirdFluBreakingNews search engine, and he also created the Slueshi text
adventure game system, a multiplayer text game engine written in Ruby.

David's journalism has been in print in over 65 countries, in magazines
such as Linux Magazine, Dr Dobb's Journal, and PHP International
Magazine. He's also taught college courses and spoken publicly on topics
such as "MySQL and You" and "Making Money with Open Source Software."

He lives in New Hampshire and his hobbies include basketball, yo-yos,
and sleep.

Future Meetings

January 2008: Bruce Dawson on low-power Linux computers

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