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Xiki: Like a shell console but better.

  • Jul 17, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Headliner: Craig Muth

6:30 - 7:00: Open mic: get help; strut your stuff; lightning talks...

7:00 - 8:15: Featured presentation

8:15 - 8:30: Jobs Offered / wanted / door prizes

Presentation Abstract
Xiki ( is an open source project that aims to be the next generation of the shell console. It's implemented in ruby.

Inspired by wiki ideas, it has textual syntaxes for running commands, web development, and controlling other apps. Xiki was recently presented at the SF Rails, East Bay Rails, and Silicon Valley Bleeding Edge Ruby user groups.

Demos during the presentation will include using Xiki to develop Rails and Node.js apps, and extending Xiki to create custom menus. Also interacting with git, mongodb, couchdb, mysql, and running unit tests, as well as controlling the web browser during web development. Xiki has text syntaxes for navigating local and remote file systems and running code, including inside the context of rails apps. You can create general-purpose menu-based user interfaces that are a hybrid between command-line and GUI interfaces (the user can use the mouse and browse nested menus, but the developer only deals with text).

The theory behind Xiki will be covered in addition to the demos.

Craig Muth is the founder of He relocated to San Francisco a year ago and is the organizer of local events, and the creator of

Pre-meetup nosh:
We usually meet at the Biryani House (Shattuck @ University) around 5:00pm for snacks and tech talk. Either Rich or Jon will be there... or someone else from the group. Join us if you can and enjoy the food and the discussion.

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  • Jon S.

    Amazing what you can do with this tool!

    July 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very interesting concept! Although the current work is still a bit rough, the overall concept is pretty cool, especially the try-it-quickly approach.

    July 18, 2012

  • Karla

    Amazing, really cool programmer tool.

    July 18, 2012

  • Doug M.

    Very engaging tool. I especially loved the home-crowd version of the first part of the talk, and the menu of add-ons for the second part of the talk. Can't wait to try an install (maybe after Railsbridge on Sat)

    July 17, 2012

  • Craig M.

    It's not really a type-along style of presentation, but the install instructions are at:

    July 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Craig, are there any installation instructions so we can be ready right away?

    July 17, 2012

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