On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 23:04:34 -0500, Zach Dennis <zdennis / mktec.com> wrote:

> Sort of, and sort of not. I remember going to a few other Ruby Groups
> web sites (I think Seattle.rb was the most recent and it was mentioned
> on the list) and I really the liked the idea of people getting together
> and starting projects together. I thought this was really awesome of
> these groups to do this.

Oh, yes. Definitely.

> irc is great, but i don't know if it is the right spot to solicit to
> others, "hey do you want to band together and work on a project
> together?!" I dont' want to disrespect the #ruby-lang channel or scare
> people far far away.

This mailing list and the IRC channel seem like the obvious places to
do that already; that's why it would sort-of worry me if we set Yet
Another Web Site where you go to solicit other people to join you on a
Ruby-related project. That is to say, I don't want us to get so
"diluted" that it actually becomes *harder* to find Ruby people
because you're not sure web site, or mailing list, or IRC channel to
flock to.

> I was thinking that a Virtual Ruby Group could be as simple as a couple
> people who didn't have other rubyists in their area to band together on
> their own ML, and to setup online meetings once a month to start a
> project together. This seems like a good way for ruby programmers, both
> new and advanced to be apart of something. This could get as geeky as
> people with WebCams, Microphones, etc... or just be a 2 people emailing
> each other back and forth.

Oh, yes, now this sounds fine once a group's established. I haven't
yet had a chance to look at Skype (http://www.skype.com) but it might
be something that you could use; it seems to have a pretty high geek
quotient. ;) And of course Hal mentioned the desire to integrate pair
programming capabilities into FreeRIDE; there might be other
Ruby-based technologies that you could develop to facilitate these
virtual user group meetings.

> I may be wishful thinking here, and this wasn't entirely thought out to
> be honest. I was just thinking when I was at the Ruby Meetup Group(s)
> web site, "WOW there are alot of 1-2 people groups, if they joined
> together there'd be a whole slew of rubyists, just think what they could
> accomplish!".

Yes, and let me be clear that I'm not trying to throw cold water on
the idea. I'm glad you're excited about it and hope that it goes
somewhere. I'm one of those people out in the Ruby desert (that is the
Tennessee Valley) and until I recruit some more guys at work to get
into Ruby, the Internet is my virtual user group too. ;)

This also seems like the appropriate place to mention the RubyCentral,
Inc. codefest grant program (see http://www.rubycentral.org); it is a
program designed to provide support for local and regional groups
working on development of Ruby libraries. The first round of
solicitations has just ended (i.e. you can't apply for a grant right
now), but if this first round of work goes well there may be
additional ones in the future.