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February Mad-Railers - Newbie Edition

This meetup will be all about welcoming new programmers to the joy of Ruby on Rails. We'll help you install the tools, and learn enough about the language and framework to create a simple application and deploy it to production. How cool is that?!?

Our Plan of Attack for the Event

6:00 pm Meet and Mingle
6:15 pm Announcements
6:25 pm Break off in to groups and begin the installation and setup tutorial
6:55 pm Regroup and listen to prestation on Rails Application Structure and Easy Deployment with Heroku
7:30 pm Wrap up and walk over to The Old Fashioned ( for drinks and socializing.

For the Tutorial

We've build a VMWare image to help everyone on tutorial night.  We'll have it on DVDs and flash drives on the night of the event, but if you want to get a head of the game little you can download it and read the instructions for it at  If you run into any problems with the image please let us know.

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  • Robert K.

    Hey Eric, thanks for pointing that out. I've added the talk to my speaker rate account:

    March 5, 2011

  • Eric C.

    I don't see a link or button on Rob's page to rate him. Does it only allow a certain number of submissions?

    March 5, 2011

  • Chris J.

    I wanted to thank everyone that came out last week for Mad-Railers Meet up "Newbie Edition". We also would like to ask you to take some time and rate the different speakers for the night. Rob Kaufman:
    Chris Johnson:


    March 5, 2011

  • Josh S.

    Excellent starter for newbies. The Heroku tutorial was also a great addition.

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to see so many new people!

    March 1, 2011

  • Stephen A.

    I was really happy to see so many new faces. Here's hoping they felt welcome and had a good time.

    March 1, 2011

  • Sean

    It was a good turn out with some very good presentations. There was a lot of info to cover and more of these types of topics will certainly be valuable.

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent evening. It was obvious that a lot of thought and effort went into the presentation and hands-on parts of the meeting. The general spirit of freely sharing knowledge with anybody who was interested was evident throughout. Thanks.

    March 1, 2011

  • Nick K.

    Thanks for hosting it guys. That was alot of fun.

    March 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed meeting some new people tonight. Thanks for turning out, and participating. Big shout out too for the Murfie guys. That is a really cool project, and looking forward to the co-working opportunity

    February 28, 2011

  • Robert K.

    Having a machine is probably best, since one of our goals is to leave you up and running, but you can definitely pair with someone. I'm not sure what we'll have as far as spare laptops.

    February 26, 2011

  • Nick K.

    Do I need to bring a laptop, or will I be able to just pair with people that have one or with some that might be provided?

    February 25, 2011

  • Robert K.

    We have added information about the agenda and the tutorial to this meetups information. Check it out!

    February 25, 2011

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