For January, the normal "7 PM presentation + beer afterward" meetup is being replaced with the following event, which Gerald Bauer and Scott Patten are organizing and which I (Peter Armstrong) among others will be speaking at. (They are still taking proposals, so submit one!)
Here's the description of the event that Scott sent me...
RubyCamp 2008 (http://rubycamp.wordp... (http://rubycamp.wordpress.com)). RubyCamp is a free one-day gathering for Rubyists and Railers.
When and Where:
WorkSpace in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Canada
January 26th, 2008 from 9:00 to 5:00
Who should come:
Anyone who's interested in Ruby and Rails, whether you're just interested in learning what this Ruby thing is all about or you know Ruby inside out.
The Conference Track:
A conference-style track with "classic" talks on Ruby or Rails topics. We're looking for a few more speakers, so see http://rubycamp.wordp... (http://rubycamp.wordpress.com/about/#talks) if you're interested in giving a talk.
The Hackathon Track:
An informal un-conference track focusing on hacking some Ruby code, showing off a cool feature you just added to your Rails application or demonstrating a new addition to Rails 2.0. If you're interested in working on some code or showing off something, get started by promoting your ideas and getting some buzz going: http://rubycamp.wordp... (http://rubycamp.wordpress.com/about/#hackathon) .
A weekend of Ruby:
There are two more reasons to come to Vancouver for those of you who are out of town.
On the Friday before RubyCamp, Rails Advance is giving a one day intermediate Ruby and Rails workshop; see http://railsadvance.c... (http://railsadvance.com/workshop) for details.
On the Sunday after RubyCamp, Peter Armstrong is giving a one day workshop on using Flex and Rails; see http://www.flexiblera... (http://www.flexiblerails.com/workshops) for details. [Update January 23 from Peter: I just got my Flexible Rails print books yesterday from Manning, so everyone who attends my workshop gets one free. There's a 24 person limit though, so don't wait until Saturday to sign up, it might be full...]
Vancouver is located in Beautiful British Columbia on Canada's west coast. While you're in the 2010 Winter Olympics City take advantage of the great snowboarding and skiing in nearby Whistler/Blackcomb or Cypress Cypress Mountain. http://rubycamp.wordp... (http://rubycamp.wordpress.com/about/#vancouver)
For more information, see http://rubycamp.wordp... (http://rubycamp.wordpress.com)
See you all at RubyCamp in Vancouver.