October 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

6:00 - 7:30 PM


Mike Gorski, Lead Architect, Outsell, Inc.
Dan Buettner, IT Manager, Gannett Regional Toning Centers


Real Applications in Ruby on Rails: An Introduction

Ruby on Rails (RoR) is web application framework written in Ruby that implements a Model-View-Controller architecture for database-backed web sites.  There are plenty of tutorials available on the web which will guide you through building a simple web application with Ruby on Rails.  With this talk we hope to take that one step further by showing an RoR application in the real world.

We'll cover:

  • Directory structure for RoR
  • What's a controller and do you need one for each model?
  • How can you make your views reusable across controllers
  • How do you manage the application with sub directories
  • How do URLs map to controllers
  • What's the routes.rb file and what can you do with it

This talk will take take you neck deep into a real-world RoR application to explore all of this.

Meeting Location

5959 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, Iowa

We meet in the main auditorium on the second floor.  Wi-fi Internet access is available.

Map (DMACC West)

Dinner After the Meeting

If you can, please plan to join us for dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting.


Mike's slides: Real Applications in Ruby on Rails: An Introduction (PDF)

Dan's slides: Deploying Ruby on Rails (PowerPoint)