[portland] pdxruby meeting: Tuesday, May 6, 7pm, CubeSpace

Igal Koshevoy igal at pragmaticraft.com
Sat May 3 11:27:55 CEST 2008

The next meeting of the Portland Ruby Brigade is coming up, and this 
meeting's content should be of interest to both Ruby and Python programmers.


* AppDrop: An open alternative to Google App Engine

SUMMARY: AppDrop provides a proof-of-concept system for easily hosting 
and scaling web applications. It demonstrates how applications written 
for Google's App Engine can be ported to other platforms. AppDrop runs 
on Amazon EC2, currently hosts Python applications, and uses Ruby on 
Rails and ngnix as its backend. All the AppDrop code is open source and 
contributions are welcome. For more information, please visit: appdrop.com

SPEAKER: Chris Anderson is the author of AppDrop, creator of Grabb.it, 
and founder of the independent music store Music For Dozens.

* SortableColumns: A Rails gem/plugin for easing the pain of creating 
sortable HTML tables.

SUMMARY: SortableColumns uses flexible YAML config files to specify the 
nature of the columns in an HTML table.  It can be used with any 
ActiveRecord result set (works with custom SQL fields) and multiple 
data-set definitions can be specified per model.  Currently supports 
plain HTML tables or it can be used with the YUI4Rails gem/plugin to 
easily create YUI DataTables.  You can see a demo of the library at 
sortablecolumns.heroku.com/ and get the Gem from 
rubyforge.org/projects/sortablecolumns/ . Bryan can also talk about his 
limited experience with the Heroku application hosting service if there 
is interest.

SPEAKER: Bryan Donovan works at Sun Microsystems, where he turns tedious 
spreadsheet-driven processes into automated Rails-driven processes.  He 
also developed UrbanDrinks.com, the sortable stats pages at The Hardball 
Times baseball site, and the rubystats gem.  He has nothing to do with 
Brian Donovan at brian.maybeyoureinsane.net/blog/category/ruby/

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