TRUGhat 2006:1

by Austin Ziegler

TRUGhat: Toronto Ruby User's Group hackathon

TRUGhat is TRUG's hackathon 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 food--pizza, of course--to be delivered.

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


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. UPDATE: This list is incorrect. Use the TRUG wiki and join with the list at sewm.


The current plan is to implement the functionality of libarchive and possibly libtar 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 Ziegler has already committed to buying pizza for whomever does show up. Check out the mailing list or the TRUGhat wiki page for more information.


2006-04-18 21:28:34
Sounds sweet.


No Digg. Name should've been TRUGdor

Joey deVilla
2006-04-18 21:56:20
What if it were renamed TRUGdor with "dor" standing for "develop-o-rama"?
Daniel Berger
2006-04-19 11:39:12
I guess if/when this is complete I can retire archive-tar-external. Unless there's no compression, that is. :)


2006-04-19 11:45:33
Compression will be external to the Archive::Tar code, using the zlib extension and, if available, the bzip2 extension. The long-term goal for this is to make this part of the core Ruby distribution in the standard library.
2006-05-23 15:13:31