December 13, 2005 · 6:30 PM
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TOPICS: two short 30 minute presentations - one for beginners and the other for practitioners.
Starting at 6:30 pm, the beginner's topic is "Getting Started with Ruby on Rails on the Macintosh: Tools, Hints, and Resources". A handout CD-ROM will be available to everyone who RSVP'ed. But you'll have to stay until the end. :-)
Then at 7:10 pm, the practitioner's topic is "File Transformation Domain Specific Language". Will Sobel is presenting a DSL he created in Ruby for a Financial Risk Management firm. It has some interesting concepts that were facilitated by Ruby's dynamic nature. This is not a general purpose product, but does solve a large number of Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) issues found with many packaged products. This system is currently in production and is fairly large (for Ruby), and has been performing very reliably for nearly four years.
Venue will be the Mary Louise Strong conference room at the San Francisco public library main branch (100 Larkin).
It's on the 1st floor behind the Information Desk. If you enter the library via the Grove St/Hyde St entrance, that's the 1st floor. The Information Desk is on your left. Walk around and behind it and you will see the Mary Louise Strong room. If you enter the library via Larkin, you're entering on the 2nd floor and will have to descend to the 1st floor.
The San Francisco Public Library is convenient to the BART, MUNI, and about 5 or 6 bus lines. There is a BART/MUNI entrance right next to the Grove St/Hyde St library entrance.