Unigroup's November 2007 Meeting Announcement

Creating Great Software With RUBY and RAILS

Heow Eide-Goodman

Thursday, 29-NOV-2007      (** SPECIAL LAST Thursday **)

Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
104 Washington Street      (Between Rector and Carlisle Streets)
South West Corner of Wall Street Area
Downtown, New York City
** Please RSVP (but its not required) **

6:15 - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 - 6:35 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


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!


   While RSVPs will NOT be required for this location, please RSVP if
   you know you are attending, or if there is a high probability that
   you will be attending.  This will help us determine the correct
   amount of food and refreshments.  Please RSVP by two days prior
   to the meeting day (the food must be ordered in advance).

   To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the
       Unigroup Registration Page.
   This will allow us to have some automation in the registration process.

   Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and THIS 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.


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

This building is located on the West side of the 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, North of the Resturant, 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).


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:

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

Web Resources


   Ruby on Rails

   Online Book: Programming Ruby

   Wikipedia on Ruby


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.



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 meetings.

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. Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available through their User Group program. We will be announcing the details at our next meeting!

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. many of these 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).


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


Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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