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Database Month Coming Up!

Database Month is coming right up (February 15th). I asked for 2 volunteers to present on any database topics. Ideas include:

  • The pg gem – how to use it directly, instead of through ActiveRecord
  • What about the asynchronous gems? There was a big hoopla about mysql2 a while back. Is this still alive? Is it any faster?
  • Benchmark the different NoSQL databases (we can pick apart your testing methodology at the after hours!)
  • What’s happening with DataMapper? Is it any easier than it was? Contrast with ActiveRecord for bonus points
  • What about database theory? Can you map this universal organization/person schema to SQL tables?
  • Constraints in an ActiveRecord world: where are they?
  • Using Ruby to write stored procedures
  • What is MVCC and how does it help us?
  • Contrast, compare and benchmark Redis against MySQL and PostgreSQL, using all three as plain key/value stores
  • Deconstruct ACID and compare how the different NoSQL databases make tradeoffs

As you can see, there are tons of topics you may choose. Remember: no Montreal.rb speakers was ever tarred and/or feathered out of the room. If you’ve never spoken about a technical topic before, now’s the time to do so. It’s good experience and allows you to be better known by the community.

Send your talk submissions to francois@teksol.info.

Who/where are you?

If you spoke up during the last Montreal.rb meeting saying you were looking for someone, or were available for hire, please put a comment here: I have received three requests for your names and contact details.

Speaking of Ruby Programmer Shortage… Book Giveaway!

Obie Fernandez just announced a contest on his blog:

I love hearing personal stories, especially from people that are working hard to succeed. The first and main part of your entry submission to the contest is the story of how you’re working to succeed as a “Rails up-and-comer.” Tell us who you are, where you come from and what you’re about. Tell us why you picked Ruby and Rails over a myriad of other options and why you think you’ll succeed. You may enter your story directly as a comment here or link to an entry on your own blog or elsewhere on the web.

From The Rails Up-And-Comers Contest

If you want to participate, go ahead, then you can share the books in our Book Club!

January 18th Recap

It was a great meeting. We had Adrian Dafinei talk to us about the Association Québécoise des Informaticiennes et Informaticiens Indépendants. Their website is www.aqii.org.

I also proposed a new format for the meetings. We’ll keep the 2 presentation format, but I’m adding a couple of thing. The new schedule will be the following:

  1. We’ll start with the Book Club: bring one or more books you want to share with the rest of the group. Register your book at bookcrossing.com. Leave it on the table when you come in. I’ll ask volunteers to talk about their books: just a couple of minutes – what did you like about your book, why you bought it and so on. Email me what book you’ll bring so I know roughly how many books will be on the table.
  2. Every 2 or 3 meetings, we’ll add the Gem Club: what gems did you recently use, how did your integration go, any caveats you want to mention. There’s a gem club in February. Tell me if you want to talk about your gems.
  3. After that we’ll have the regular one or two presentations, keeping essentially the same format – 10 to 15 minutes per presenter. I’ll have a monthly theme: be prepared.
  4. Any general public announcements would go here.
  5. Finally, if you are looking for a contractor / intern / employee / employer / client, now’s the time to talk about it. Bring your business cards to exchange with other people. Send me your information so I can post it here as well.

Don’t forget to bring your friends: we were 32 yesterday evening. We had one of the bigger rooms at the CRIM. Great venue. The more friends, the merrier it’ll be, and having more people exposed to Ruby spreads the knowledge around!

Just to give you an idea, here are the people who were looking for a contractor / intern / employee yesterday night:

  • Bandzoogle was looking for both interns and a full-time employee, their hiring announcement is Bandzoogle is hiring !;
  • Hugo Frappier was looking for someone to pair with him on a business plan;
  • Code Génome was also looking for someone.

There were more, and I’ll add them to the list as the information trickles in. Follow us on Twitter as @montrealrb.

Thanks again for coming, and see you next February 15th for Database Month. I’m still looking for 2 presenters: tell me if you want to present.

Reach me at francois@teksol.info.

Next Meeting: January 18th

See you at the CRIM, 405 Ogilvy St. The meeting starts at 6:45 PM, with time for some chat before:

  • 6:15 PM – doors open
  • 6:30 PM – Adrian Dafinei, president of AQIII – Association Québécoise des Informaticiennes et Informaticiens Indépendants
  • 7:15 PM – Round table discussion for next months
  • 8:00 PM – Beer and such at the Cafe Vesuvio

See you then! Make sure to RSVP.

Ruby Developer Crisis?

I just stumbled upon Chicago’s Ruby Developer Crisis and thought some of these applied locally. We have great talent, but it’s hard to find Ruby people locally. To that effect, I’m inviting any company that’s doing Ruby to our next Montreal.rb event, which will be held on January 18 at 6:30 PM. We’ll be back to the CRIM, 405 Ogilvy St: adjust your roadmaps. RSVP at Upcoming.

I’m still looking for speakers: email me if you want to talk.