Are there any Ruby on Rails shops in RI? Everyone I talk to in RI (especially recruiters) have literally never even heard of Ruby on Rails. Is RI so entrenched in Java and .NET technologies that there are no companies using Rails?
On another note, any kind of Ruby User group interest in Rhode Island. It's getting tiresome traveling to the Boston and MetroWest ruby groups up in MA all the time. Wondering if there is any interest in having a Rhode Island group
Rentomatic, BatchBlue, and Public Display are both shops that primarily(potentially exclusively) use Ruby on Rails for developing their products. I personally would be interested in A Ruby Users Group in PVD.
I would definitely be interested in a Ruby Users Group in Providence.
If we can get enough interest I definitely think we should consider starting a monthly user group
I'd be game for that.
Rhody on Rails graphic:
From an early RI Nexus blog post.
Well, maybe I'll send an email to the boston groups mailing list and see if there are other RI users that maybe we could poach from the MA groups.
Any idea on locations in Providence that we could use?
I would be in.
If you all do create a RoR group, some of the rest of us will have to respond with a Django posse to keep you in check. Kinda like the Sharks and Jets. Kinda... ;-)
Hey, when you're a Jet your a Jet all the way...
I'm starting a QBasic group. Deal with it.
Count me in as well. While I'm not really a Rails developer, I do play one on TV.
It sounds like we could have a decent turnout if we actually put this together.
So lets start brainstorming on a location and time.
I went ahead and formed a RI RUG blog site just to preserve our potential "future assets".
I really hope we can get this started and create a decent user group here. And it really can be a tech group if there aren't that many Ruby enthusiasts in the state. I know I'm personally interested in many other programming languages than just Ruby as well hardware related tech projects.
Cool, Craig, and awesome tagline - "Why should Massachusetts have all the fun?" :-)
So when are you thinking the first meeting should be?
Not really sure. I guess it mostly still depends on interest from the community.
Also, I'm wondering if perhaps it shouldn't be more of an RI New Tech group instead of just Ruby centric. That way we'd have more interest and much more diverse crowd. The Python crowd, the hardware hacking crowd, the web designer crowd, etc... all have valuable stuff to contribute and I think we all could get something out of it. Plus it would give us a larger group of people to choose from.
Perhaps that isn't a good idea though and not having a specific enough scope would dilute interest? What are your thoughts? I've never really spearheaded a user group before so I'm not really sure.
As far as dates, I guess we need to figure out a few possible locations and then see what times/dates we can use the facilities to actually hold a meeting.
New technology might be too broad, and perhaps more importantly, lack a strong differentiation from ProvidenceGeeks.org. If not language-specific, keeping it at least programming-focused seems like a good way to handle both concerns.
Yeah, very good point.
So keeping it Ruby specific seems like the way to go (but I wouldn't mind the Python guys popping up every now and then just to keep us in line!)
I'd agree with Matt's suggestion to keep it focused on Ruby or programming. However, there are a couple of groups that are doing hardware hacking if you'd like to check them out:
DC401 (monthly--a mix of security and hardware)
AS220's Make and Break Wednesdays (every week where there isn't a Geek Dinner or DC401 meetup)
I'm much more of a "Python guy" than a "Ruby guy", but I love the idea of a developer-focused meetup. The Providence PHP Meetup (there's one tonight!) has been morphing over time into a more general web development discussion, but it certainly can't hurt to add another gathering.
I'm in for the RoR group.
And if we can get enough interest locally, I'd also love to try to organize a local training / seminar on RoR from someone high up in the RoR ranks.
When I was a Perl Guy, I took a few seminars in Boston with Damian Conway that really jacked up my Perl chops. Now I'm ready for the Rails equivalent.
You are so right about this. It is definitely not be used for a lot of people at all here. Unsure why there is not a big demand at all here. Unsure what the future brings. Cord Blood Storage & Research Journal