If you read my stuff very often then you know that I am a huge fan of the Ruby programming language. I write a ton of Ruby code and went to RubyConf 2003, so there was only one other direction to take my love of Ruby: start a user group. So, I have started the Atlanta Ruby User Group. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, March 30 2004, at my office in Norcross. There is a map at the web site and a mailing list. Rather than try to restate the meeting announcement, I’m just going to repost the email I sent to the mailing list here. If you want more info, drop me an email and/or visit the group site. If you are within range of Atlanta, please come on out for the meeting.
Our first meeting will be Tuesday March 30 at 7:00 PM. The meeting location is at my office in Norcross, on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. There is a map on the website. We have classrooms, so it will be a comfortable environment.
This meeting will be a "get to know each other" type meeting where we can discuss what, if anything, we've done with Ruby so far. I will then present the first part of an introduction to Ruby, and then discuss the future direction of the group. The meeting should be finished at 8:30 PM.
Things we need to discuss are meeting frequency, topics, presenters and commitments from group members as far as attendance goes. I'm not suggesting that everyone must commit to being at every meeting, but with a small group, if several people miss each meeting, there won't be much "group" to the group, if you know what I mean. As for frequency, I'm currently thinking a meeting every other month (6 per year) but I'm open to suggestions.
Anyway, Sams Publishing has agreed to send me a few copies of The Ruby Way and Teach Yourself Ruby in 21 Days, so I will have those to hand out. (The Ruby Way is an excellent book [thanks, Hal]; I haven't seen the 21 Days book.) I will provide drinks and some snacks for the first meeting, but if we decide to have food at subsequent meetings, then we need to also decide how we are going to pay for it. Lots to discuss, eh?
So, be sure to mark Tuesday, March 30 on your calendar as we kick off the Atlanta Ruby User Group!