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Jack Christensen will do a 10-20 minute demo / presentation of a tool Sublime Text or TextMate users could find useful -- and of the Ruby code behind it (in particular using Sinatra, daemonization, and command line argument parsing).
The "How Do I...?" format is somewhere between a hack night and a presentation.
The key question: "How do I do [X] in Ruby or Rails?"We might talk about the best shopping cart or calendar or whatever for Rails.We might talk about the best way to do database maintenance with Ruby, or the best tools for organizing Ruby or Rails development.
Every ChicagoRuby member is invited to drive! Let the group know what you want to do, what you've tried, and what would be interesting to you.
Yes... the whole thing might descend into chaos! At that point, Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) might say: “What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized yet.”
Let's put our heads together and create!