Rob will give a 1 hour overview of Rails including server setup, admin issues and templating.
What is Ruby on Rails? "Rails is a full-stack framework for developing database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Control pattern." What that means, basically, is that it lets programmers write applications without needing to worry too much about the boring details. Alternately, it's a a new, very popular way to create dynamic websites quickly and easily. Even if you're not a programmer you'll eventually want to deploy some cool new Rails application, and maybe even customize it a little for your site's needs.
Who's Rob Orsini? In addition to being the author of O'Reilly's recently released Rails Cookbook, Rob is an open source developer living in northern California. He's currently working for O'Reilly Media, in their production software group. Previously, Rob was the webmaster at Industrial Light & Magic, where he developed applications in support of the special effects industry. Rob has been programming the web since 1998, and upon discovering Rails, hopes to continue for many more years to come.
Show up at 6 for pizza; Presentation starts promptly at 7pm.