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Colloquium - Fales

Charting a Course with Ruby on Rails
Douglas Fales
Software Consultant
11/30/2006
5:00pm-6:30pm

Ruby on Rails is a powerful Web framework that allows developers to put together beautiful Web applications in a fraction of the time required in other languages and frameworks. Douglas Fales, a local Web application developer, finds this framework so fast, fun, and rewarding that nearly 100% of his projects are now done in Rails. In this talk, Doug will introduce you to the basic concepts of Rails as he discusses his experience with building WalkingBoss.

WalkingBoss is a web "mashup" that combines the power of the Google Maps API with handheld GPS and digital camera technology. The end result is a sort of "adventure blog" that allows users to document their outdoor experiences with stories, images, and maps. WalkingBoss is a personal project created by Doug in his spare time using Ruby on Rails. In addition to providing an overview on Rails fundamentals, Doug will also talk about AJAX and the supporting technologies that integrate with Rails to provide a "Web 2.0" user experience.

Fales is a software consultant living in Boulder, Colorado. When he's not writing web applications in Ruby on Rails, you can find him in the mountains with his wife and daughter, fishing, hiking, and skiing.

Co-sponsored by the Front Range UNIX Users Group (FRUUG).

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