[Chicago-talk] October Meeting: Catalyst + Ruby On Rails

Jason Gessner jason at multiply.org
Mon Oct 10 14:21:22 PDT 2005

Hello all.

Please join the Chicago Perl Mongers for an exciting look at two MVC  
web application frameworks.

First, Jason Gessner will present an introduction and a couple of  
practical examples of Catalyst.

Catalyst is an up and coming addition to the LAMP stack, an Elegant  
Web Framework, supporting the MVC pattern, as well as a number of  
experimental web patterns. It's heavily inspired by such frameworks  
as Ruby On Rails, Maypole, and Spring.
Catalyst allows you to choose your favorite template language for the  
View, and choose your favorite data access tool for the Model  
portion.  Catalyst also provides a powerful plugin system with dozens  
of available plugins to simplify coding tasks.
The presentation will give a quick introduction to the framework and  
then provide a couple of real world examples of Catalyst interacting  
with Mason and Template Toolkit applications.

The second part of the evening will be John W. Long of the Chicago  
Ruby Users Group giving an introduction to Ruby On Rails.


   Since its release just one year ago, Ruby on Rails has been building
   steam. Web developers begin casually experimenting with Rails and  
   find themselves creating web applications with more power and less
   code than they'd ever thought possible.

   Rails incorporates and dramatically simplifies many web development
   patterns and best practices, yet much of the reason for the  
success of
   Rails lies in the Ruby language itself. In this next presentation,
   we’ll explore the many facets of this elegant and powerful language
   from Japan and what it may hold for the future of computing. We’ll
   also take a bird’s eye view of the Rails framework and examine
   insights of the systems that make up Rails.

Meeting Details:
When:  Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
Where:   Performics
                 180 N. Lasalle
                 12th Floor
                 Chicago, IL 60601

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please RSVP to  
jason at multiply.org by the morning of the meeting.
Because the meeting is after  normal business hours, RSVP is  
required, as well as a photo ID.

About the Speakers

Jason Gessner has been programming in perl for over 6 years, and has  
active in the local user groups for the last 3 years.   He is the  
lead Search Developer at
Performics, a leading Search Engine Marketing company.   He is  
interested in catalyst
and Rails primarily to stop doing boring web coding tasks and get  
more interesting
work done.

   John W. Long has been an advocate of the Ruby programming language
   since co-founding the Chicago Area Ruby Group in the fall of 2003. He
   has three years of experience with the Ruby programming language,
   coming to the scene well before Ruby on Rails was even an option. He
   is responsible for several Web applications (some written in Rails  
   some not) where he works as a Web developer for the Institute in  
   Life Principles, a non-profit organization based out of Oak Brook. As
   a member of the Ruby Visual Identity Team, he is hard at work
   participating in an upcoming redesign of ruby-lang.org.

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