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Posts from the ‘London 2.0 Meet-Ups’ category

Colleague “Jason Huggins”:http://www.jrandolph.com/blog/ (“Selenium”:http://www.openqa.org/selenium/ dev) is in town as he’s presenting at the “Google Automated Testing Conference”:http://services.google.com/events/londontesters , so I felt a meet up was in order. It’ll also serve as a nice warm-up for “d.construct”:http://2006.dconstruct.org/ later in the week – I’ve managed to snag a ticket so I’ll be going.

Format is the same as normal – laidback, beer, demos, geekery and quite a lot of gradient fills.

As always, the the “London 2.0 Archive”:http://www.magpiebrain.com/blog/category/web-20/london-20-meet-ups/, “Google iCal feed”:http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/c7ilcesmkkn0e3bkirk4kgf5cc@group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics and “Upcoming”:http://upcoming.org/event/95916 will have all the details – -I’ll update everything once I have a venue confirmed, but as always it’ll be a pub/bar in London-. The venue is now confirmed as the “Old Bank of England”:http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/66/660/ – we’ll be on the far right of the pub. Feel free to leave a comment if you want to attend or would like to demo something.

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p(update). The venue will be the “Olde Bank of England”:http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/66/660/ – we have the balcony reserved.

After a long hiatus, it’s back. I’d love to blame trips to China and Minneapolis, but in truth I’m just plain lazy. Format as before – a laidback drink/gossip with perhaps a few demos thrown in.

I’ll hopefully be arranging demos of “Selenium(Selenium – The opensource web testing tool)”:http://www.openqa.org/selenium/ and “Buildix(Buildix – project in a box)”:http://buildix.thoughtworks.com/, but as always feel free to bring along whatever projects you’re imvolved with that you’d like to demo.

Venue to be confirmed – stay tuned to “Upcoming”:http://upcoming.org/event/95915, this blog post, the “London 2.0 Archive”:http://www.magpiebrain.com/blog/category/web-20/london-20-meet-ups/ or the Google “ical feed(London 2.0 Events)”:http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/c7ilcesmkkn0e3bkirk4kgf5cc@group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics (I’m SO Web 2.0) for updates. Feel free to leave a comment to let me know you’ll be coming along…

Amazon web evangalist Jeff Barr will be “giving a talk(Unixdaemon – Jeff Barr in London)”:http://blog.unixdaemon.net/cgi-bin/blosxom.pl/events/aws_jeffreybarr.html on their webservice offerings at Westminster University on the 15th of May. Unfortunately I’ll be unable to attend – I’d of liked to pick Jeff’s brains about “S3”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/002-7839271-9683254?node=16427261 off the back of my “recent post(magpiebrain – Is Amazon S3 the first tier 0 Internet service?)”:http://www.magpiebrain.com/blog/2006/03/21/is-amazon-s3-the-first-tier-0-internet-service/ – but I’m sure it will be an interesting event.

If you want to attend make sure you contact organiser Dean Wilson (email: dwilson at unixdaemon.net) so he can let you know of any changes. I’ve added the event to the London 2.0 calendar too.

On a Wednesday instead this week, just for kicks, but once again at the “Olde Bank of England”:http://www.pubs.com/pub_details.cfm?ID=214 from 7pm. No agenda as yet, but I want demos! Leave a comment if you’ll be coming so I can get an idea of numbers.

Though the magic of Google Calendar (I’m so Web 20 it _hurts_) I now have publically available “ical(London 2.0 meet-up events – iCal)”:http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/c7ilcesmkkn0e3bkirk4kgf5cc@group.calendar.google.com/public/basic and “rss(London 2.0 meet-up events – rss)”:http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/c7ilcesmkkn0e3bkirk4kgf5cc@group.calendar.google.com/public/basic feeds. Once I get home it’ll be on upcoming too (damn corporate firewall tagging it as a dating site…), although unless upcoming starts letting me splice in my Google events soon I’ll probably stop using the service.

p(update). _Update_: I’ve added a simple block on the bottom of this site listing the upcoming London 2.0 events using dwc’s “iCal WordPress plugin”:http://dev.webadmin.ufl.edu/~dwc/2005/03/10/ical-events-plugin/. There is also a specific “category”:http://www.magpiebrain.com/blog/category/web-20/london-20-meet-ups/ and “rss feed”:http://www.magpiebrain.com/blog/category/web-20/london-20-meet-ups//feed for all London 2.0 meet-up information.

Thanks to everyone who attended London 2.0 RC 4 last night (in rather cramped conditions). The “usual(Simon Willison’s weblog)”:http://simon.incutio.com/ “suspects”:http://www.brunningonline.net/simon/blog/ were in attendance, as well as Adrian Holovaty who was in for a few days.

“Phil Dawes”:http://www.phildawes.net/blog/ demonstrated both “Bicycle Repair Man(Bicycle Repair Man – Python Refactoring Tool)”:http://bicyclerepair.sourceforge.net/ and the Python testing tool “Protest”:http://www.phildawes.net/blog/2006/03/17/protest-rocks-generate-documentation-from-tests/ (we need screencasts of both!), and I pointed numerous people towards the impressive “DabbleDB”:http://dabbledb.com/utr/ screencast. Demo of the night probably had to be Remi Delon showing off “Python Hosting”:http://www.python-hosting.com/. They offer a very slick, one-click install of a variety of different webapp frameworks (everything from TurboGears to Zope to Django) for a very “reasonable price(Python Hosting shared hosting plans)”:http://www.python-hosting.com/shared_hosting. His screencast is out soon – but put it this way, TextDrive’s TextPanel is going to have a lot to live up to, not to mention their forthcoming Rails-dedicated hosting (note: I’m a TextDrive user myself). Despite their name, Python-Hosting do also provide Rails hosting, however it’s not yet integrated with their slick user interface.

Details on next month’s London 2.0 RC5 coming up soon.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking – “So soon after the announcement of the “March meeting(magpiebrain – London RC3 March Meetup)”:http://www.magpiebrain.com/archives/2006/02/25/london20_rc3? Has Sam started getting organised?”. Well, kind of – actually I heard from Harry Pot “Simon W(Simon Willison’s Weblog)”:http://simon.incutio.com/ that one of the Django devs, “Adrian Holovaty(Adrian Holovaty’s Weblog)”:http://www.holovaty.com/, was going to be in town.

Given that it’s so far in advance, I’m sure many of you won’t know if you can make it, but once again it’ll be the same cross-language cross-technology meetup, broadly aligned along Web 2.0 lines – all are welcome, whether or not you think Web 2.0 is great, or just a crock of poo.
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Another Django/Rails/Catalyst/Java/web2.0 love in to be held at “The Old Bank of England”:http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/66/660/ onFleet Street. Web 2.0 advocates and detractors are welcome, as are any enthusiasts of Lisp, Python, Ruby, Java, Haskell or whatever other dirty commie language you lot use.

Once again I’ll be (badly) organising this with the aid of Simon Brunning, his “jury service permitting(Small Values of Cool – London 2.0rc3)”:http://www.brunningonline.net/simon/blog/archives/002009.html.

If you’re coming along either leave a comment or register your interest on “Upcoming(Upcoming.org – London 2.0 RC3)”:http://upcoming.org/event/59719/ – we have to book a room so it’d be good to get an idea of numbers.