"Google - Behind the Scenes" at VanHPC's July 27 Meeting

The Vancouver High Performance Computing group have scored Narayanan 'Shiva' Shivakumar, the founding director of Google's Seattle-Kirkland R&D center, to speak at their July 27th meeting:

Ruby on Rails Workshop on July 26

The next meeting of the the Vancouver Ruby Association is a mini-workshop on Getting Started with Rails:

From generating your first app, understanding the directory structure, to using migrations, customizing the routes, creating a few database tables, using the has_many:through concept, plus more - depending on the level of experience everyone has with Rails that comes.

It's Wednesday, July 26th from 6:30pm to 9pm at the UBC main campus.

Full announcement at http://vanruby.com

Westcoast Security Forum 2006

The organizing committee for the Westcoast Security Forum have finalized date and location:

When: November 27 - 28th, 2006
Where: Westin Bayshore Resort, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

Call for papers is still open.

Full information at www.wcsf.com

BarCamp Vancouver: August 25 - 27

BarCamp is coming to Vancouver. What is BarCamp? I'm not sure, but here's what the website says:

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

All attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one. All presentions are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall.



I first heard about WorkSpace in an interview on CBC radio. From their website:

WorkSpace is a shared work environment in downtown Vancouver. Our Gastown loft has meeting rooms, a lounge & a caf

Next Vancouver Drupal Meeting Set

The next Vancouver Drupal meeting is Thursday July 20th. Information at Drupal Groups site. There's going to be some really interesting presentations - Excellent!

Enterprise Encryption

July's CIPS Vancouver Security SIG meeting was a panel discussion on encryption in the enterprise. Panels can be dodgy, so I really wasn't sure it would be worth the trip. It was.

The panel consisted of representatives from Bell Corporate Security, BC Ministry of Attorney General, Bell Alliance Lawyers & Notaries Public, Accenture Business Services and the Vancouver City Police. In spite of the diverse group there was a clear consensus on most of the issues.

Some take away points that won't run afoul of non-disclosure:

Big Blue does Drupal

Some folks at IBM liked Drupal and wrote about it!

In Part 1 of a series titled Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site IBM authors Alister Lewis-Bowen, Stephen Evanchik and Louis Weitzman (apparently no relation to Drupal communities Moshe Weitzman) outline how they came to select Drupal. While I've never used Mambo or Typo3, the Drupal information is dead on to my experience. They also look at the blog oriented Movable Type, Word Press and TextPattern, and throw in Ruby on Rails for good measure.

The article is on the IBM developerWorks website: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/ibm/library/i-osource1/. It's definitely worth a read if you're interested in an overview of some of the currently popular content management systems.

Web Traffic Analysis by Jakob Nielsen

Jacob Nielsen has crunched the numbers on his website's traffic log for his latest "AlertBox" (his email newsletter) and has some observations:


I found his information on Incoming Traffic from Other Sites and Search Engine Queries particularly interesting.

Pythonista Workshop

The local Python user group is putting on 3 day Workshop August 4th to 6th. With beginner and advanced talks the line up looks pretty good (though with Drupal, does one really need Zope :-) To top it off, language creator Guido van Rossum will be there.

Workshop Website: http://www.vanpyz.org/conference/home.html


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