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Special Event: Ruby on Rails Educational and Networking Meetup

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Hello Seattle Ruby on Rails Meetup Group! I'm excited to announce our 5th Ruby on Rails Educational/Networking Meetup Event!

This event is sponsored by who have generously offered us use of their very nice meeting space in their Rainier Tower offices and they'll also be providing us free pizza and beer—BIG THANKS Whitepages!

Our speaker at this event will be Mark Goris, VP of Technology and Co-Founder at (

He'll be covering the following topic (from Mark):

One functional area of our service uses a data warehouse to store interesting summary information for our customers. The tools typically used to take data from one database schema and place the data into another schema are traditionally either expensive commercial tools or home grown scripts. There is an emerging category of these tools (referred to as ETL tools, for Extract, Transformation, Load) that are open source, but both major players in this category are written in Java. We're using Ruby/Rails (obviously), so we wanted to see if we could use one of these Java ETL tools but still make it a well integrated part of our development process.

What we came up with was a strategy that allowed us to use a Java ETL tool called Kettle, yet still write Ruby unit tests using Rspec to exercise the ETL functionality. We did this by using Jruby as part of the test toolset. I'll be discussing how we can now write Rspec based tests to drive a reasonably sophisticated Java ETL tool.

About Doxo

doxo is pioneering the way for people and providers to connect and go paperfree, breaking customer adoption barriers and saving businesses millions of dollars in printing, paper, and postage costs.

The company has partnerships with national and regional service providers, who promote doxo as a new paperless option for their customers. doxo investors include top-tier venture partners Mohr Davidow Ventures and Bezos Expeditions. The company is led by executives who have driven businesses that have scaled to serve tens of millions of users and processed billions of dollars in consumer mobile and Internet transactions. doxo is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

When: Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 6:30 PM.


Rainier Tower, Floor 12
1301 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Building Entrance and Parking:
People should enter on 5th avenue across the street from the 5th avenue theater. It's the entrance by "Rock Bottom." The building will close at 6, so this will be the only entrance into the building.

We'll have signs up with cell phone #'s to call in case we have very late arrivals.

As for parking, there are lots in downtown but they will be pricy. If you *must* park downtown it's usually best to walk 3-5 blocks from either Pacific Place or the Convention Center due to the lower prices and ease of access/safety. It will be after hours so street parking might be available also.

For public transportation, the closest bus tunnel entrance is University Street and most of the major bus routes have stops by our building on 4th and 5th aves respectively.

You may have heard how wonderfully successful our last networking and educational meetup events were—don't miss this one!

This event is totally free and is a great way to meet and mingle with the best and brightest Ruby devs, Rails devs, and Ruby centric companies in the northwest—be sure to RSVP and let us know you'll be there!