And the “Static vs. Dynamic” Battle Rages On…

After reading Bill Burke’s article, Dynamic Languages: Rationalizations and Myths, you might also want to look at Patrick Logan’s articles, Dynamic Languages: Should the Tools Suck? and Deeper Dynamics.


TSOT Ruby/Rails Project Night: Tuesday, February 12th

TSOT Ruby/Rails Project Night 2

It’s a new month, which means a new Ruby/Rails Project Night at TSOT on Tuesday, February 12th!

The last one was a success — we had over 50 attend (you can see photos and a quick writeup here) and this one looks like it’s going to be as big a hit. Better still, based on feedback from the attendees, we’re going to delve even deeper into technical matters, because that’s what you asked for!

Several eager Rails developers have asked us about presenting their projects at our Project Nights, and next Tuesday, we’re proud to feature these presentations:

  • How to Avoid Hanging Yourself in Rails (or: Optimizing Your ActiveRecord Associations) by Rowan Hick
  • Helping New Businesses be Memorable with by Mike Bowler and Steve Vetzal
  • Clinical Research Management System (CRMS) by Luke Galea. CRMS is a Rails and Prolog/XSB application used to manage drug and procedure trials at the some of the biggest hospitals in the US.

TSOT’s Ruby/Rails Project Night takes place next Tuesday, February 12th at our development office at 151 Bloor Street West (just east of Avenue Road), Suite 1130. Doors will open at 5:30pm with presentations beginning some time between 6 and 6:30. This event is free but space is limited; reserve your spot today by emailing or


Facebook Developer Garage 3 Tonight!

Facebook Developer Garage logo

FacebookCamp Toronto logo

The third Toronto edition of Facebook Developer Garage/FacebookCamp (it goes by both names) takes place tonight at MaRS Discovery District (101 College Street, just east of University Avenue).

Here’s the agenda as of the time of this writing:

Time Event / Presentation
6:00 – 6:30 Social / Mingling / Registration
6:30 – 6:35 introduction and update from the last Facebook Toronto Gathering (Roy Pereira, Colin Smillie and Andrew Cherwenka)
6:40 – 7:15 Keynote by Dave Morin, Senior Platform Manager, Facebook
7:15 – 7:30 Website Marketing in Facebook case study (Tim Shore, BlogTO)
7:30 – 7:40 Facebook Pages case study (Andrew Cherwenka)
7:40 – 7:50 Bebo Facebook Application (Roy Pereira and Colin Smillie, Refresh Partners)
7:50 – 8:00 Facebook vs. OpenSocial (Jawad Shuaib)
8:00 – 8:15 Facebook Beacon (Jay Goldman, Radiant Core)
8:15 – 8:40 5-minute Demos:

8:40 and on Wrap-up and Social

If you were wondering what happened at the last Facebook Garage/FacebookCamp, you can see my notes at:


Microsoft’s Bid for Yahoo!

On the very off chance that you hadn’t yet heard: Microsoft has proposed to buy Yahoo! at $31 per share, which translates to just under $45 billion. My fellow Canuck tech news bloggers Mark Evans and Mathew Ingram have weighed in, and — as Mark has astutely observed, the major snowstorm covering the northeast should have the blogosphere’s tongues a-waggin’. Keep an eye on Techmeme for the latest news.