One more suggestion: you could make a FreeRIDE plugin out of jabber4r, and
then use the jabber4r comm link both for chat-style messages and for
synchronized edited.

Curt

Zach Dennis wrote:
>
> It looks like there are a few folks interested in the Virtual Ruby Group
> (VGR) idea.
>
> I'm not much for politics so I'm going to skip a formal Virtual Ruby
> group declaration and waive membership fees and just jump into the meat
> of the VRG and see if we can get some people involved!
>
> Some project ideas have already been suggested:
>   - pair programming capability into FreeRide (see
> http://freeride.rubyforge.org/)
>   - a team version of nopaste (see http://rafb.net/paste/)
>   - implementation of xBase library for Ruby (see
> http://www.clicketyclick.dk/databases/xbase/format/)
>
> If you have any other suggestions please throw them out!
>
> My personal suggestion would be to start with a project that involves
> VRG inter-personal-communication. This strikes me as being the most fun
> for people upfront since they'll be able to see it benefiting the VRG
> right away.
>
> Since we're going to be a virtual group we can kind of be leniant (sp?)
> on official meeting dates and times. Perhaps for now we just wing it
> using the Ruby ML until we get a little more structured. I'd like to
> avoid structurizing the VRG now and just let it happen naturally. This
> way folks don't feel pressured into anything, and we can find ways of
> communication and project co-operation that works well for us, instead
> of trying to fit a mold (like real User Groups who meet in person) since
> we'll be a little different.
>
> My vote is for a team version of nopaste first, then after that doing
> the integrating pair programming into FreeRide (which Hal, that is a
> sweet idea). I think both of these would be great starting points for
> VRG and they would both be directly beneficial to VRG and to others in
> the Ruby community. Once we get those going, then xBase sounds fun!
>
> What do you guys think on all of the above?
>
> Zach
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