Cndnsd Vrsn: 5:00PM Thursday 11/30 — Ruby on Rails
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 30
at the CU Engineering Center, room ECCR-245. Thanks
to Dirk Grunwald of the CU Computer Science Department for
co-hosting this meeting.
Why the new time? Public metered parking on the north and south sides of the
Engineering Center becomes free at 5:00, so you'll only have to pay for a
few minutes of meter time. With the late starting time, we'll begin
the meeting promptly.
More details are in Meeting Location (below).
The site that Doug created with Ruby on Rails integrates
GPS-tagged digital photos with Google Maps.
Ruby on Rails is a powerful Web framework that allows developers to
put together beautiful Web applications in a fraction of the time
required in other languages and frameworks. Doug Fales, a local Web
application developer, finds this framework so fast, fun, and
rewarding that nearly 100% of his projects are now done in Rails. In
this talk, Doug will introduce you to the basic concepts of Rails as
he discusses his experience with building WalkingBoss
WalkingBoss is a web "mashup" that combines the power of the Google
Maps API with handheld GPS and digital camera technology. The end
result is a sort of "adventure blog" that allows users to document
their outdoor experiences with stories, images, and maps. WalkingBoss
is a personal project created by Doug in his spare time using Ruby on
In addition to providing an overview on Rails fundamentals, Doug will
also talk about AJAX and the supporting technologies that integrate
with Rails to provide a "Web 2.0" user experience.
Doug Fales is a software consultant living in Boulder, Colorado. When
he's not writing web applications in Ruby on Rails, you can find him
in the mountains with his wife and daughter, fishing, hiking, and
skiing. He keeps a blog at
As you probably know by now, the CU Academic Computing center
seminar room that we used for more than a decade is no longer
available to us, so we've been checking out some potential
new meeting places, the CU Engineering Center being one of them.
We've changed the meeting time to accommodate traffic and
parking on campus, and hopefully it will allow more people
to attend. We'll also be announcing these meetings through
the CU Computer Science department, and we'll hopefully
gain some synergy with the university as a result.
Let us know what you think via the alias "feedback"
at the domain fruug.org.
This meeting will be held the Engineering Center Class Room
wing, room ECCR-245. This wing is on the southwest
corner of the CU Engineering Center, located at the corner
of Colorado Boulevard and Regent Drive (see map below).
There is metered parking available on the north and the south sides
of the building. Parking becomes free at 5:00, so you only
need a bit of change to park and get to the meeting on time.
(Please double check the meters before you park).
The Engineering Center is also right off the RTD HOP route,
and is a walk across campus from the SKIP.
For more details on getting to the Engineering Center,
http://www.cs.colorado.edu/department/gettinghere/, and for
a detailed map of the building itself, visit:
At our October meeting, Joe VanAndel from NCAR discussed
how Linux ran the NCAR/CNES dropsonde project to investigate the
hurricane formation zone off the west coast of Africa.
Joe's talk was full of great show-and-tell items, including
the balloon gondola, dropsonde array, Iridium modem, and
Announcements, presentation slides, and
writeups for past meetings are available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive.
Until we settle into a permanent home, we'll only be bringing
our new FRUUG library titles to each meeting. In fact,
given the volume of new books, we might not bring them
all to this one, so if you want to check one out in
particular, feel free to send a message to the user
books1006 at fruug.org.
Learn how you can review a book and keep it through
FRUUG Library Merit Badge program.
Our publisher friends have some exciting news: Addison Wesley
and O'Reilly (and their associated imprints) are now offering
a user group discount of 35 percent, see our
library discounts page
Addison Wesley has several shortcut documents addressing
Ruby topics at
http://www.awprofessional.com/ruby. These are DRM-free PDF files.
In addition, Addison Wesley has a flyer for their Ruby-related
books and your FRUUG discount
O'Reilly Media has announced its Rough Cuts service, where you can
get early access to O'Reilly titles before they are published,
including the Ruby Cookbook, and AJAX on Rails, both due out in December.
for details. O'Reilly has also launched a PDF guide series,
where you can purchase and download a PDF publication that
addresses a narrow topic area not quite big enough for an entire book.
"Web Services on Rails" is one PDF guide in this series,
New books for this meeting include:
- Ajax for Web Application Developers, from Developer's Library
- Linux Administration Handbook, Second Edition, from Prentice Hall,
authored by a bunch of your Boulder friends
- Ruby on Rails books from O'Reilly, To Be Announced
- The Ruby Way, from Addison Wesley
- Security Threat Mitigation and Response, Understanding Cisco Security MARS, from Cisco Press
- The Unicode 5.0 Standard, from Addison Wesley (stay tuned for
a FRUUG meeting on this topic)
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to up to 35 percent
on your book orders from
Addison Wesley/Prentice Hall,
refer to the FRUUG Web site library page for details.