Rails Edge Reston

Pragmatic Studio does it again, putting on another top notch event: Rails Edge Reston. I was fortunate enough to attend and pick up a few more gems of Ruby wisdom. Some of the highlights:

  • Met William Groppe (Mr. Ruby Brain) in person, after collaborting online on solrb for a little while. Putting a face and a handshake to a virtual collaborator is important.
  • Also met two of edsu's co-workers. Nice to see so much Ruby library work. Times they are a changin'.
  • Metaprogramming was the very first session. As it should be.
  • Stuart Halloway did a solrb code review and his changes will be reflected in future commits. Speaking of Stu, he and his evil twin, Justin Gehtland, have produced a spectacular enhancement to Rails with Streamlined, a way to elegantly declare a user interface to a relational database. After seeing Streamlined again in more detail, I'm convinced that Flare is destined to be Streamlined Solr. Justin and Stu - thanks for your inspirations, in more ways than one.
  • Got to see many of my good friends and heros again, including Mike, Dave, Chad, Jim, Duncan, Stu, and Justin. I met Bruce Williams and Marcel Molina Jr. for the first time. All presentations were well done, and informative to even seasoned Rails developers.
  • I briefly presented Collex/Flare/solrb during Thursday nights "Open VGA" sessions, though a bit too frantically. My presenting chops were a bit rusty, and doing a 7 minute presentation illuminated the need to get a more succinct and distilled elevator pitch for Solr Flare. code4lib conference is the next Solr flare explosion for me.

Which t-shirt design do you choose for Code4Lib 2007?

Look over the designs and pick your favorite design from the choices at the bottom of the page.
Design 1: "Proud supporter of ethical hackers and communal indexers"

Design 2: "You are the L"

Design 3: "Pointy4Lib"

Design 4: "Rosie4Lib"

Accomodation Sharing Notices

anarchivist: I've got a double room available to share at the Georgia Center for Monday through Thursday. Please let me know if you're interested either on #code4lib or e-mail me at aip.org!mmatienz.

Stone Soup

(my first code4lib post)

Ed Summers and William Groppe have jumped in head-strong to crafting a Ruby DSL to Solr. solrb is coming along nicely thanks to our collaborations.

Another early adopter asked a question on the solr-user e-mail list, and I replied with a lot of juicy tidbits to whet your appetite.

We're moving as fast as we can in order to use this infrastructure for the basis of Solr Flare, destined to be faceted browsing plugins for Rails allowing your Rails application to easily benefit from what Solr and solrb offer. Solr Flare will debut at the code4lib pre-conference event in whatever form it happens to be in by then.

#code4lib logging

Taking a cue from dchud the #code4lib irc channel is now being logged. To view the logs you *must* be logged in to code4lib.org. You can prefix any message you want with: ! and your message *will not* be logged. Try it out. I think this is a reasonable compromise that works well in other online communities with an irc component.

The logging is done by bartleby who is a patched and modified (the ! functionality) version of LogBot. This is a work in progress as always, and a community effort so please share your ideas thoughts about this....and take a look at the shiny XHTML source for your favorite xml parser to chew on.

Two scholarships to attend the 2007 code4lib conference

Oregon State University is offering two scholarships for the 2007 code4lib conference. Please see below for eligibility and other information on the scholarships. Anyone with questions about the scholarships may contact Jeremy Frumkin at jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot edu.

OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship

The OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2007 Code4lib conference. To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be a member of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic / Latino).

2007 Conference Schedule Now Available

The 2007 Conference Schedule is now available. There may be some minor tweaks to be made still, but it is mostly set. It is an incredible line-up, plus there are a lot of cool unknowns hidden in the Lightning Talks and Breakout Sessions, for which ideas and sign-ups will be taken at the conference. See you there!

code4lib 2007 pre-conference workshop: Lucene, Solr, and your data

9am - 5pm, Tuesday February 27

Location Updated: Because of the overwhelming response, the pre-conference has been moved to the Tate Student Center, Room 137.

This will be a full day event devoted to lucene and solr.
The event will be led by Erik Hatcher, committer on the Lucene and Solr projects, and co-author of Lucene in Action, and Java Development with Ant.

Code4lib 2007 Presentation Runoff-vote

We had four presentations tied for the last two spots. This means we'll have a runoff vote for these two presentations. Voting will close around midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning EST. Everyone gets one vote, the two highest vote getters are in!

Here are the candidates:

Open-source software and the intellectual property disclosure process in academia

Michael Doran

This presentation will cover the copyright issues and pitfalls that arise when a locally created software application is being considered for release under an open-source license. It will be based on the knowledge and experience gained shepherding two applications through the intellectual property disclosure process at the University of Texas at Arlington, so that the applications could be officially released as open source.