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Posted by Thu, 06 Oct 2005 16:21:00 GMT

Portland Ruby Brigade

The Portland Ruby Brigade is kicking into full gear. We actually hit 20 people in our IRC channel this morning! Not bad for a group that has less than 40 people on the mailing list right now. We had ~30 people show up to the last PDX.rb meeting on October 4th.

Why are local user groups so important?

Rails has flooded the Ruby scene. We have people seeking more help in several mailing lists, IRC channels, and forums. This is where local user groups comes into play. Reading the manuals online, the books, and list archives are all great ways to learn something but often times it is the interaction with other human beings that really pushes our knowledge. Getting to meet up with local Ruby and Rails fans a few times a month, listen to discussions in the flesh, and having a beer with some really talented people is truly a great experience.

What can I do?

If your local area does not have a Ruby/Rails group… take the plunge and start something up now!

What if I live in Portland?

Just go there on the map on the first Tuesday of the month!

If you live anywhere near Portland and just a little bit interested in Ruby, you should swing by the PDX.rb IRC channel on Freenode or signup on the mailing list.

You can also read the PDX.rb blog here.

This is just the beginning… :-)

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