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Meetup details changed: The Colorado Springs Open Source Software October Meetup

From: Gary
Sent on: Thursday, October 2, 2008 1:10 PM
I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: October 30,[masked]:00 PM

Where: East Library Community Room
5550 North Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Maybe" as well as "Yes".)

You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup:

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:40 PM - Announcements
6:40 - 7:10 PM - Basic Concepts
7:10 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings

Ajax on Struts 2: Second Generation Java Web Application Development

Struts 2 is a brand new, second generation web application framework. The first version of Struts injected design pattern software engineering principles into the wild and wooly environment of early Java enterprise software. A technological decade later ( 5-7 years ), a wave of second generation web application frameworks has hit, introducing such modern features as automated data transfer, convention over configuration, cleaner separation of concerns, code scaffolding, and more. Struts 2 is one of these sparkling new frameworks. But why use Struts 2 instead of one of the others . . .

The quick and dirty conversational fodder of Java professionals, the debate over the plethora of web application framework choices has become a hot topic. Everyone knows there are many choices, but which one? Rather than beat a dead horse, we'll skip right over all of that and get to the heart of things with a easy to follow case study of how to do Ajax with Struts 2. If you're not a Java professional, you'll get a clear vision of the best of software engineering principles in action and an nuts and bolts view of one of the hottest buzzwords of the day, Ajax. If you are a Java professional, you'll leave with a solid idea of what developing in Struts 2 looks like.

Chad Davis

Chad Davis is a J2EE developer, software consultant, and author of Struts 2 in Action. He has a wide background in writing that ranges from government research and public relations to academic writing in computer science. He, and his wife Mary, run Blackdog Software, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in Java web applications.

Intro to Embedded Linux

Embedded Linux is not rocket science, although some rocket scientists use it. In my years working with both embedded systems and Linux I have run into may engineers who already understand all the pieces to this puzzle, but have not had the dots connected. In this short presentation I hope to clarify what is, and what it takes to build an embedded Linux system. I will also discuss some of the lesser known packages that are generally helpful when constructing Linux systems for embedded applications. While the explicit details of building an embedded development environment are beyond the scope of this presentation I hope to touch on all the steps necessary to build up an embedded system from only open source and parts readily available to the at home hobbyist.

Eric Gustafson

Eric Gustafson has been a software developer and occasional open source contributor for over 15 years. He has worked on a wide range of projects from PC BIOS to phone call routing to criminal link analysis. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a BS in Computer Engineering where he first was introduced both Linux and embedded systems.
Eric's involvement in both embedded and Linux areas of interest extend beyond development. In 1998 he was asked develop and teach the initial curriculum for UCCS's Embedded Systems Design course, needed to add Computer Engineering to UCCS's list of ABET accredited degrees. In the early 90's he participated in the creation and presided as the groups president for the first Colorado Linux User's Group (CLUE). When not 'hacking' on his latest project, Eric can be found at the local airport pursuing his other passion, restoring and giving rides in his plane.

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