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Introduction to Erlang

This is my second talk related to Erlang. Both have been introductory and well received. I hope you enjoy my slide presentation. I also did a chat demo using real-time updates using Comet.
Presented at Silicon Valley Web Builders meetup

Introduction to Erlang Presentation
Chat Demo code

Erlang web framework used: Nitrogen

Beginning Erlang for Ruby Developers

If you missed my "Beginning Erlang for Ruby Developers" here is a link to the presentation.

https://beg-erlang-for-ruby-devs.herokuapp.com/




RubyLearning Guest blog post is up!

I wrote a guest blog post for RubyLearning and they posted it on their blog. Please go check it out: http://rubylearning.com/blog/2010/09/23/incorporating-web-apis-to-spark-computer-programming-exercises/
The blog post is intended for Ruby newbies. I hope people find it valuable as they learn a great programming language.



Setting up Sinatra and DataMapper on Windows

I use a MacBook Pro for work and pleasure on a day-to-day basis. Recently, I was asked to teach web students at a local high school. These students know html/graphics/flash/etc. The advanced students were ready for some server-side programming and database integration. I wanted the students to be able to get up and going quickly (for motivation reasons) and to create useful apps (using a database). I felt Sinatra to be a great fit for this. I created a Sinatra app for my uncle and his business. It was a joy to work with it and I was able to deploy quickly using Heroku.
My experience of using Sinatra on my Mac was straightforward. Like most things using Ruby and Mac: it just worked. However, I found out the students at the high school use MS Windows. Fortunately, I have a Windows XP virtual machine running in VMWare so I could prepare that way. I used to teach computer science and web development at Spokane Community College and am aware of teaching Ruby in a Windows lab environment. …