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SD Ruby Monthly Meeting: Newbie Night!


We want to show people how awesome Ruby is -- without getting bogged down in configuring a full development environment on everyone's laptop.

We'll be doing a brief "Rails Starter" demo where we demonstrate how to create a basic Rails application, including routes, models, controllers, views, activerecord, gems, etc.

Everyone who attends will be able to download a VMWare image and run the demo locally on their own laptop.


At 7:30, we'll start installing and configuring systems. The demo will start at 8pm.

At that point we'll break into two groups. The first group will consist of everyone who installed the image successfully. If anyone is still struggling with installation issues, they'll join the second group and move out to the hallway so they can get help on a case-by-case base.

The first group will get a brief tutorial and an extended Q&A session. We may also repeat the tutorial for the second group, as time allows.


To make this happen, we need your help! If you can help in one of these areas, please send email the mailing list with how you can help.

== Spread The Word ==

This is a big one. We need to get the word out to as many places as we can think of.

- Have coworkers or friends who want to learn Ruby or Rails?

- Can you post fliers at a co-working space or coffee shop?

- Have other great ideas where to get the word out?

== Help Test Our Virtual Machine ==

Before the meeting, we need a few people to test our installer. This will mean downloading our VMWare image and installing it, and making sure it's bug free. (We'll probably do this next week.)

== Volunteer During The Meeting ==

- We need lots of folks to help us set up and go over the install procedure. You'll then be in charge of helping others with what to do as people show up.

- We need a few greeters to help direct traffic, get people signed up for the raffle, explains what's going on, etc. We'll have you stationed at the doors to the building to help folks head to the right place.

We meet the first Thursday of each month, on the campus of UCSD, in the Computer Science & Engineering Building. 
Map and directions.

Follow us on @sdruby on Twitter for meeting reminders and other updates.

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