[ANN] TRUGhat 2006:1

The Toronto Ruby U.'s Group (TRUG) is pleased to announce TRUGhat

TRUGhat: [T]oronto [R]uby [U]ser's [G]roup [ha]cka[t]hon

TRUGhat is TRUG’s hackathon[1] or codefest. In a hackathon, a group of
people get together and will either work toward a common goal, or simply
work in a common area on code that interests them. For our first
TRUGhat, we have agreed upon a common goal.

During a codefest or hackathon, there’s always lots of snacks available,
and it’s common for the perfect developer’s foodâ??pizza, of courseâ??to be

The goal is for TRUG to have two TRUGhat events a year. Ruby developers
of all skill levels will be welcomed.

TRUGhat 2006:1

TRUGhat 2006:1 will be held on 6 May 2006, from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Since we’re all learning something on this first TRUGhat, we probably
won’t get started programming until 11:00 A.M.


Tucows has generously provided the space and network availability for
this event at its offices in Toronto, at 96 Mowat Avenue, one block west
of Dufferin, south of King. Transit accessibility is good, with both the
King West streetcar and the Dufferin bus passing near the office.
Parking is plentiful for those who will be driving. Map[2].


The Tucows space can handle a total of fifteen people, with thirteen
places available. If you’re interested in joining us, please put your
name below and join the mailing list[3].


The current plan is to implement the functionality of libarchive[4] and
possibly libtar[5] for Ruby. The primary goal is pure Ruby support with
a secondary goal of Ruby/C bindings so that those who have the requisite
libraries can take advantage of the C code for performance reasons.


Some of the details are still being worked out, but [[Austin Z.]]
has already committed to buying pizza for whomever does show up. Check
out the mailing list or the TRUGhat wiki page for more information:



[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon
[2] http://qurl.net/vs (maps.google.ca)
[3] http://www.trug.ca/mailman/listinfo/trug-chat
[4] http://people.freebsd.org/~kientzle/libarchive/
[5] http://www.feep.net/libtar/

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