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From: Unigroup_of_NY
Subject: UNIGROUP Meeting 29-NOV-2007 (Thu): Ruby and Rails

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When: THURSDAY, November 29, 2007 (**SPECIAL LAST Thursday**)

Where: Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
Downtown Center
104 Washington Street
South West Corner of Wall Street Area
Downtown, New York City
** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **

Time: 6:15 PM - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 PM - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard, Questions,
Answers and Current Events
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business and Announcements
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Topic: Creating Great Software With RUBY and RAILS

Speaker: Heow Eide-Goodman


Unigroup's November 2007 meeting will be on RUBY and RAILS on a
special LAST Thursday of the month meeting, at our normal Downtown
NYC meeting location.

The Wikipedia says the following about Ruby: Ruby is a reflective,
dynamic object-oriented programming language... which has a syntax
inspired by Perl, and has some features found in Smalltalk,
Python, Lisp, Dylan and CLU. Ruby is a single-pass interpreted
language, and is free software written in 'C'. Ruby's first public
release was in 1995.

** Unigroup Board of Director Elections: Unigroup will be holding
our annual elections for our Board of Directors shortly. If you
are interested in running/volunteering for the Unigroup Board,
please contact us immediately!



To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
Registration Page:

This will allow us to automate the registration process.
(Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
for any last minute updates concerning this meeting. If you
registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
minute announcements as the meeting approaches. Also make sure
any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from our
mailing list.

Please try to RSVP as soon as possible.

Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
seating, etc.).



Creating Great Software With RUBY and RAILS

Heow Eide-Goodman's presentation discusses the many facets of Ruby,
how it fits into development methodologies, and how best to leverage
the language to solve your problems.

This presentation is designed for a technically-inclined audience
and is appropriate for developers, administrators and IT managers.

The topics of discussion include:

- What is Ruby?
- Why do developers/admins/managers love it?
- Is Ruby more than just a prototyping language?
- What problems Ruby in uniquely suited to.
- Ruby on Rails
- Ruby in the corporate environment

This also comes complete with real-world examples and hands-on

Web Resources:


Ruby on Rails

Online Book: Programming Ruby

Wikipedia on Ruby


Speaker Biography:

Heow Eide-Goodman had been professionally writing software for
well over a decade when he realized that life is too short to be
spent on relatively low level languages like C. The search for
something better started 5 years ago.

Since then, he has authored "Beginning PHP5" (2004 Wiley) and
"Professional PHP5" (2005 Wiley), was featured in 2004 electronic
voting machine documentary "Votergate", is the author of the
"Lisp Resource Kit" for teaching lisp-based technology, is a
founding member of XP-NYC and LispNYC, is serving on the
Association of Lisp Users Board of Directors, and has secured
$95,000 worth of grants from Google's Summer of Code program and
other sources.

Heow semi-regularly presents to technical groups in New York
City and consults in the teaching of GoF design patterns,
Agile software development, Fowler refactoring and UML.


Company Biography:



O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
(ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

** Thanks to our friends at Sun Microsystems, Unigroup also has
a box of Solaris 10 DVDs to hand out (or raffle off, if there
are not enough).


Fee Schedule:
Yearly Membership (includes all meetings): $ 50.00
Non-Member Single Meeting: $ 20.00
Student Yearly Membership: $ 20.00
Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID): $ 5.00
Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes
"wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed,
pasta, etc), cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.



Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
Downtown Center
104 Washington Street
Wall Street Area
Downtown, New York City

This building is located on the West side of the street, the
second building north of Rector Street. Cross Streets:
Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street. Walking West
on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
Washington Streets.

There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
and extending North for a number of blocks.

Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



NYCBUG-NYPHP Holiday Party 2007

: Subject: [announce] 2007 Holiday Party
: This year's NYCBUG-NYPHP Holiday Party picks up where the 2004 bash
: left off.
: We'll have a two hour open bar and hors d'oeuvres at Suspenders...
: which will be closed just for us.
: The date is Thursday, December 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
: It's vital that everyone registers ASAP online at
: http://orgcom.info/Holiday/RSVP since we may have to limit the
: attendees at some point.
: Of course, we have a number of sponsors aboard to fund the event.
: If anyone is interested in joining the list of sponsors, please
: contact george at nycbug dot org offlist.



We have a series of meetings in the works:

- RUBY and RAILS - November 2007
- Planning: IPsec and IPv6 and VPNs (possibly 3 meetings) - 2008
- Planning: Unix/Linux/BSD Distribution Round Table Discussion
- Planning: Asterix / Bayonne / OpenPBX-CallWeaver / VoIP
- Crypto / PKI / GPG-PGP
- The latest on *BSD (NetBSD/FreeBSD/OpenBSD)
- Patching and Updating Unix/Linux/BSD (rpm. yum, yast, etc.)
- Building Custom Kernels Unix/Linux/BSD
- Are there too many Linux Distributions?
- Unix/Linux/BSD Clusters and Clustered Databases
- Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
- Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
- LAMP Part 2 - PHP
- Field Trip to HP - Invited
- Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
- Samba
- High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
- Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
- GNU Development Environments
- iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies

** Unigroup Needs Speakers!!
Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
interested in. Potential speakers on Unix/Linux/BSD related
technology topics should please contact the Unigroup Board.



** Formal Thank You's to our previous speakers will appear
in an upcoming announcement.



Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s. Unigroup
is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer
organization. Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings
throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix
User Community. Unigroup is/was also the Greater NYC Regional Area
Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
THURSDAY of Odd Months. We generally try to hold Field Trip or
Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
11/29/2007, 1/17/2008, 3/20/2008, 5/15/2008...
Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
software vendors.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
Unigroup Executive Director
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