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GatorLUG Meeting

Feb 15 2006 6:00 pm
Feb 15 2006 8:00 pm

GatorLUG Meeting Agenda for February 15, 2006 (Version 2006.2)

Bugs to fix from the 2006.1 meeting: Use a PA system for a room that size, make sure the presenter's laptop runs well at 1024x768 before the presentation. These things will be fixed in version 2006.2.

6:00 - 6:30 Announcements / Technology Discussion

Survey results, Free Your PC followup, Logo update, Website update

Auction - Dell P3/550, 256 ram, scsi disk and tape backup, Dell 19' monitor

Distro Spotlight - Gentoo - Doug Goldstein, Gentoo Developer

Application Spotlight - Amarok, Clint will try again because he botched it last meeting

6:30 - 7:15 Presentation - Ruby on Rails Reloaded, Gabriel Horner

Gabriel is back on the agenda tentatively. At the last meeting, a good amount of time was spent introducing Ruby but the Rails part had to be rushed. If Gabriel doesn't have a conflict he will review the Rails part and spend more time talking about developing web applications with Ruby.

If Gabriel is not able to make it we'll spend more time on the Gentoo spotlight and give the contestants in the programming shootout an opportunity to talk about the language and programming environment they have picked for the contest. Note to programmers - that's completely optional. You don't have to address the group if you don't want to.

7:15 - 8:00 Codeslingers Shootout

1st Annual Codeslingers Shootout

Are you the fastest coder in these parts? Let's find out. On February 15, 2006 you are invited to test your fast thinking and fingers at the GatorLUG meeting. You could win the coveted title of "Fastest Codeslinger of 2006" and cool coffee mug emblazoned with the title. Offers of free drinks afterwards have also surfaced.


1. Enter the contest by emailing your name and programming language of choice to You may still participate without doing this provided we have room for everyone. Obviously, the people who have sent the email will have priority over those who do not.
2. Bring your laptop (or borrow one from a friend) with a wireless connection to the meeting.
3. You may use any programming/scripting language/environment you want.
4. You may not use search engines to look for example code to copy and paste during the event.
5. You will start up your laptop and programming environment.
6. Your hands will come off the laptop and stay off until the start signal is given.
7. If you touch the computer before the start signal you will be disqualified.
8. A general problem with a single correct answer will be presented.
9. You may solve the problem with an algorithm or a simulation.
10. There will be a question and answer period.
11. After the question and answer period, the start signal will be given.
12. First person to post their source code and correct answer output to an internal website set up for the event wins.
13. A judge will look at the code and output to verify the winner.
14. The decision of the judge will be final, no whining allowed.
15. Hats, boots and leather are optional but good for style points.

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