There was a lively discussion after the presentation comparing extjs to Protoype. Someone pointed out the obvious that prototype isn’t a widget library, but extjs seems to also cover a lot of what the prototype/scriptaculous combo can do.
Second presentation was by Chris Lamothe who did a demo on how to add user authentication to your rails application using acts_as_authenticated. It was geared toward newbies. He also briefly mentioned a plugin I didn’t know about, role_requirement, that adds basic role based security to acts_as_authenticated.
Suggestions for next presenters: although it’s nice to show live how to do things, you don’t have to type everything in front of the audience, especially when we can see the complete examples commented just below what you’re typing. It’s OK to copy paste. You can also have a basic rails application already setup with what you need. This would help speed up presentations next time.
I hope I don’t sound too critical of the speakers. They did a really good job and I realize that speaking in front of people is not easy. I wouldn’t have done better myself.
The best part of the night was after the meeting, as we went to McClean’s for burger and beer. I had an awesome discussion with Marc-André Cournoyer (read his report), Carl Mercier and Francois Beausoleil (who will be doing a presentation on piston next time). We exchanged war stories and talked about every subject concerning rails from deployment to testing to plugins we use. I hope we can do the same next time!
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