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May 2006 - Posts

Wilco & IronRuby

Wilco Bauwer has announced a preview version of his slant on Ruby and the .NET Framework.  He focused on CLR integration and not porting the Ruby base class library over. A great start!


Got CodePlex?

Maybe its just the bad taste I have in my mouth with GotDotNet that is slanting my view....

Call me a cynic but I just dont get the idea of  Microsoft has never played nice with their licenses in the past, and SourceForge is available and has proven themselves able to scale and support any size of project.  Also, if you havent been paying attention, they just added Subversion support to SF as well.

Interesting enough, since CodePlex is all going to be based on the Team Foundation goop and there is a project on CodePlex named "Turtle" which is described as:

"Turtle is an free rich client interface for Microsoft's Team Foundation Server (TFS) source code control system. It works with the TF.EXE command line client to perform source control operations against TFS."

So how the heck do I get this TF.EXE?  What do I need to buy/download?  No idea.  Someone needs to put a FAQ up.  :)


Vancouver : Riding the Rails Workshop on May 27th and 28th
This is a two day intensive workshop for those eager to get into Ruby on Rails. Alex will drive you through the principles behind Ruby on Rails, such as MVC, convention over configuration, Code Generators, and the other core principles driving Ruby on Rails to be the most celebrated technology advancement in web development.

This course is meant for those who have not yet worked with Rails, and want to get comfortable with the basic functionality.

These core areas will be covered in this workshop:

   * Comprehensive list of Ruby and Rails resources
   * Installing and configuring your first Ruby on Rails application
   * Ruby on Rails Opinions
   * Using the code generators
   * Understanding Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture
   * Customizing your Rails MVC
   * Introduction to Gems, Plug-in¹s, and Engines

Registration, and additional information is available online at:

For any questions about this workshop, please direct them to Nathaniel Brown, nshb@..., or by calling 1-877-446-4648 toll free within North America, or 604-724-6624 internationally.

[UG] : : "Visual Studio .NET 2005 Team System" by John Bristowe

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Holiday Inn, 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z1R2, Canada

Sponsors: This event is sponsored by Microsoft Canada, and is joint collaboration between .netBC & VANTUG user groups.

Registration: Please note that you will be required to enter your name & email address. Although the registration system mentions payment, ignore it since the ticket price is set to zero, ie. its free.

Session Overview:

Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) provides an integrated suite of tools that target the software development lifecycle. This presentation will highlight many of the new features in Visual Studio 2005 and Team Foundation Server (TFS), including software development methodology, testing, IDE enhancements, and much, much more. This presentation provides an excellent overview for organizations moving to these tools in the near future.


John Bristowe is a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft Canada based in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to devoting much of his time towards community-based events and initiatives, John also produces two podcasts: Plumbers at Work ( and Developer Night in Canada ( John is an experienced speaker and frequently presents Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) events across Canada. Prior to joining Microsoft, John was a member of the Microsoft Regional Director (RD) and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) programs. You can read more about John at his Weblog at

Photos of the event:


Rigoletto on Saturday
Kat and I went over to Victoria on last Saturday to watch a friend Lambroula Pappas perform as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) at the Pacific Opera Victoria. We have seen Lambroula perform in a variety of other events and this has to have been my favorite so far. She is truly an amazing singer.
As usual I posted up our photos of the trip onto flickr.
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