The power of Ruby Brigades

by pat eyler

Ruby Brigades are one of the best things to happen to Ruby; they move Ruby into local communities in a way that nothing else can, they create a comraderie and focus for local Rubyists, and they provide an easy on-ramp for people who are just starting to explore Ruby. Perhaps the best part about Ruby Brigades is that, unlike books and tutorials, we can all get involved in making them happen in our own back yards -- not only can we, but we should. Let me tell you why.


2006-02-20 07:57:31
I think the coolest thing in this post is that your son wrote you a program for Xmas. That's awesome.
James Britt
2006-02-20 09:05:53
"Brigade"? I organize the Phoenix Ruby Users Group. We're not a brigade, a term I find grating. It suggests either some manner of martial activity, or a high degree of rote behavior, neither of which holds much appeal for me, nor describes the group's monthly gathering.

Obviously, to each his (or her) own, but it's a curious choice of words.

Eric Hodel
2006-02-20 10:17:11
I find "Ruby Brigade" has a nice ring to it. Typically I say "Seattle.rb" though, much shorter.
Gabe Harriman
2006-02-20 10:47:08
I like it! Have any Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westside, or Southbay Brigades taken form yet?
Sean Carley
2006-02-20 13:00:42
I like Ruby Brigade because I like the name.rb moniker. I don't like Ruby Users Group for basically the same reason; I can't stand name.rug.
Gregory Brown
2006-02-20 13:19:33
I like the term Ruby Brigade only because it sounds comical.

And yes... better than RUG.

I normally refer to the people in our group at the New Haven Rubyists, and the group itself as the New Haven Ruby Brigade.

2006-02-20 20:21:14
I'm glad my friend introduced me to ruby. Now I'm trying to help some more friends see the benefits of ruby. I'm doing my master's work in Ruby and I really appreciate how it helps me develop faster, web and otherwise.