[Chicago-talk] Updated Meeting Announcement

Jason Gessner jason at multiply.org
Mon Oct 10 20:31:35 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, 7-9pm
Where:   Performics
                  180 N. Lasalle
                  12th Floor
                  Chicago, IL 60601

The nearest El Stops are:
     Blue Line, Brown Line, Green Line, Purple Line: Clark and Lake  
(Thompson Center)
     Red Line: Lake

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, an 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
been active in the local user groups for the last 3 years.   He is  
the lead
Search Developer at Performics, a leading Search Engine Marketing  
He is interested in catalyst and Rails primarily to stop doing boring  
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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