Tuesday night I attended my first Melbourne Ruby/Rails user group meeting which was great.
The meet was held at the Thoughtworks offices in the city, and we had around 25-30 people there which was a surprise considering the group is still quite new and this was the second meet ever held.
Craig gave a presentation about Rails engines which was quite interesting, and there were lots of random talks about other parts of Ruby and Rails itself. I also found it interesting talking to Mike about what it was like attending RailsConf last year - must have been awesome! :)
The meets will be held regularly on the last Tuesday of each month. Looking forward to the next one already.
Today we spent the afternoon in the Dandenong Ranges, 30kms east of Melbourne. It was quite a nice day for Winter, perhaps 17 degrees, hardly any wind and clear blue skies. I was particularly amazed how close the Dandenongs were to get to from the city.
There's some beautiful forrests and landscapes in the Dandenongs, we were there for only a few hours and went to the 'Sky High' lookout just outside of Olinda in the middle of the ranges. From there you could see the city on the horizon, and also the ocean and bay curving around to to the east which was great.
There's plenty more to explore so I'm sure we'll be back there again in the near future :)
We now have a Ruby User group in Melbourne which is great.
Our next meetup will be on the 29th August at the Thoughtworks office in the city. The agenda is still being put together but it will be great to meet some other Ruby/Rails developers in town and share/swap ideas about Ruby and Rails in general.
I'll definitely be heading there - if you're going too then see you there! :)
Typo 4.0.0 has just been released. Just a few weeks back I installed a new Typo installation directly from subversion which went well - but it's great to see an official release of the latest goodies.
There's some really nice changes, in particular distribution - typo is now distributed as a gem and can be installed via the usual rubygem command:
$> gem install typo
$> typo install /some/path
to create an instance of a weblog.
Another nice feature is the 'redirect table', which allows you to migrate from other blogging solutions easier by providing URL's where Typo should look when it doesn't recognise the URL it's been given (eg. to migrate from Movable Type to Typo style permalinks).
There's a few other nice features like text filter plugins so you can use your favourite article markup, support for Rails 1.1, jabber and email notification of comments and trackbacks, and more.
I'm particularly looking forward to using the new installer with another new blog coming in the near future.