SPUG: Meeting Announcement -- A Mixed Bag - 21 February 2006

Andrew Sweger andrew at seattleperl.org
Tue Feb 21 10:07:09 PST 2006

        February 2006 Seattle Perl Users Group (SPUG) Meeting
       Title: A Mixed Bag
     Speaker: Duane Blanchard and Geoffrey Grosenbach

Meeting Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Whitepages.com offices
        Cost: Admission is free and open to the general public
        Info: http://seattleperl.org/


Please join us Tuesday evening on 21 February 2006 at the regular monthly
meeting of the Seattle Perl Users Group. We have Duane Blanchard adn
Geoffrey Grosenbach presenting a mixed bag of topics including Yahoo
Widgets (formerly Konfabulator) or on embedding Perl in Active Server
Pages (ASP) and Ruby on Rails (no, really).

See below for more information on...

    - Speaker Background
    - Presentation Description
    - Meeting Location

Speaker Background

Duane Blanchard

Duane is a recent recipient of a masters degree in linguistics from the
University of Washington and an experienced web developer.

Geoffrey Grosenbach

Geoffrey Grosenbach is a longtime Perl'er and was a regular member of
SPUG until he moved to Taiwan three years ago. After spending two years
as a Technology Coordinator at an American school there, he returned and
is making a comfortable living as a snooty Ruby on Rails consultant.

He hosts the Ruby on Rails podcast[1] and writes the nuby on rails[2] blog.

Presentation Description

Ruby on Rails

For a long time, Ruby has presented itself as Perl's little brother (see
"man ruby").

Recently, it's been trying to be the little brother who happens to be a
movie star and drives a sportscar (search "google hacker of the year").

Is the current attention on Ruby on Rails deserved? Does Rails make
website development faster and easier, or is it fueled by hype?

Meeting Location

Whitepages.com is located on the 16th floor of the Rainier Square Tower
(1301 5th Avenue, Seattle) which is across from the 5th Avenue Theater.
See the directions[3] for a quick primer on how to reach us from various
locations across Puget Sound.

There are plenty of locations to park in the area, including on the
street. If you're looking for off-street parking, you can park in the
Rainier Square garage which has an entrance on Union St.

After 6PM, the building management restricts access to most floors. Our
host is trying to take care of this, but if unsuccessful, they will
station someone on the 1st floor near the elevator bank and 5th Avenue
entrance to let people in. Worst case scenario, give our host a call on
his cell phone (206-579-7113) and he'll run down to let you in.

Our hosts are providing a generous assortment of free sodas, fruit
drinks, teas, and coffee, and also have some snacks. You definitely
won't dehydrate here.

We look forward to seeing you!

[1] - http://podcast.rubyonrails.com/
[2] - http://nubyonrails.com/
[3] - http://www.whitepagesinc.com/locations

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