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Meetup details changed: The Colorado Springs Open Source Software September Meetup

From: Gary
Sent on: Friday, September 5, 2008 9:32 PM
I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: September 18,[masked]:00 PM

Where: East Library Community Room
5550 North Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Maybe" as well as "Yes".)

You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup:

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:40 PM - Announcements
6:40 - 7:10 PM - Basic Concepts
7:10 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings


Web Frameworks of the Future: Flex, GWT, Grails, and Rails

What if the choices in web framework were reduced to 4. If RIA are the way of the future, it?s possible that these 4 frameworks are the best choices for this development paradigm. This session will explore these frameworks, as well as entertain other opinions on the future of web development.

RESTful backends are easy to create with both Rails and Grails. Ajax frontends are simple to create and maintain with GWT. Flex gives you Fash and a pretty UI. If you?re an HTML developer, Rails allows you to quickly develop MVC applications. If you?re a Java Developer, GWT + Grails might be a match made in heaven. This session is designed to help you learn more about each framework and decide which combination is best for your project.

In addition, licensing, community support, and documentation/training for each project will be discussed.


Matt Raible

Matt Raible is the Lead UI Architect of LinkedIn, where he is helping improve the usability and productivity of web frameworks used by developers. Matt helped LinkedIn establish their Denver office and enjoys connecting with people everyday. Matt has been surrounded by computers for most of his life, even though he grew up in the backwoods of Montana without electricity.

Matt is an author (Spring Live and Pro JSP, Third Edition), and an active Java open-source contributor and blogger on He is the founder of AppFuse, a project which allows you to get started quickly with Java frameworks, as well as a committer on the Apache Roller project.


Launching a Webserver using Free Software

Kompozer is a great free alternative to dream weaver that is a very powerful editor to help get your site running in a short period of time. Kompozer can be used as a WYSIWYG editor or a text editor for coding HTML by hand. For this session we would like to show you how to use free software to to host a full server solution. List of topics will include:

  • Flashing or configuring your router to allow secure and insecure connections to your site.
  • Configuring your firewall to allow secure and insecure connections to your server.
  • Choosing your webserver software, benefits of Apache Webserver software over other non-free software.
  • Serving your website using Apache and an appropriate operating system.
  • Choosing you site builder/ editor and benefits of each.
  • Building your site with Kompozer.
  • Using the WYSIWYG interface.
  • Using the text interface for dropping in and editing code manually.
  • Adding java applets.
  • Navigation through your site.
  • Creating efficient links to pages and images.
  • Serving directories and other files for transfers.
  • Security and hidden folders and files.
  • Bandwidth considerations.
  • Vendor lock in and portability of your site.
  • What not to do (humor).


Oz Hamza

Oz Hamza has worked in research, real estate, and information technology in the past. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cytotechnology and currently works as a cytologist in the Colorado Springs area. Oz is an advocate of using free and open source software. He exclusively utilizes free and open source software for his personal and entrepreneurial needs. Some of his daily computer activities include configuring and building computers fully compatible with free and open source drivers and software, as well as preloading them with free software for clients. He is also currently a webmaster for a site dedicated for promoting free software. Oz hopes to help people adopt free software to help foster a community that is empowered to help each other.


Website Sponsor:

Food Sponsor:
Food provided by Robert Half Technologies

Door Prize Sponsors:
Jetbrains will provide a free IntelliJ personal ide license
SourceBeat Publishing will provide one free PDF technical book
Atlassian will provide a free technical book plus some t-shirts
OReilly Publishing will provide a free technical book or two
Robert Half Technologies will provide additional door prizes

Our Sponsors

  • HSC Careers

    HSC Careers pays for our web page on

  • TEKSystems

    TEKSystems is one of our quarterly food sponsors.

  • Apex Systems

    Apex Systems is sponsoring food and drinks once a quarter for the group.

  • SecureSet Academy

    We bring the bootcamp model to cybersecurity education and industry.

  • OReilly

    OReilly provides discounts and book door prizes for our monthly meetings

  • Atlassian

    Atlassian provides free software licenses for Open Source projects.

  • JetBrains

    JetBrains supplies a free license for a door prize for our group monthly

  • Pearson Education (Books)

    35% off books USERGROUP 40% off 2 Products IUG240 45% off Digital IUGD45

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