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I started on a project for the Rails Rumble over the weekend but I didn’t get anything worth deploying done. In the end I only managed to spend about 7 hours on Saturday and no hours on Sunday working on it. I did get some good feedback on the actual idea though so I’m planning on building it anyway in the next couple of weeks - It’s just a matter finding the time.
I went to the Ruby Ireland meetup in Dublin last night (I had to deliver some books). I left Galway at 3:30pm and got back at 1:30am. That’s a long way to go to talk about ruby but it was fun. It was great to meet up with people I hadn’t seen for a while again and meet some of the others that I only know from online. Still I didn’t get to talk to a lot of the people there - hopefully I’ll make it down to some more in the next few months.
The Ruby community in Ireland is growing. This week we reached 100 members on the mailing list. We started the mailing list back in June and have had steady growth since.
There is now a monthly meetup in Dublin (usually on the second tuesday of the month) and there has been a meetup in Belfast. There is an IRC channel (#ruby.ie on irc.freenode.net) which has regular lively discussion. The IRC channel has been great for me as I don’t make it to the meetups in Dublin. The last barcamp had two talks on rails and the next one will have one.
Chris McGrath has setup an irc channel for the Ruby Ireland group. It’s #ruby.ie on irc.freenode.net. I’ll be lurking there most days. Incidentally you can also find me on #sioc, #swig, #rubyonrails, #ruby-lang and #erlang. If you’re looking for an irc client I recommend Colloquy on Mac and Xchat on linux.