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Next Meeting - Double session Intro to Rails and Node.js


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Date: Wednesday, May 20 2015
Time: 1st Session Sign in 4PM - Intro to Rails 4:30

2nd Session Sign in/Dinner 6:00PM.:Node.js 7:15PM

Place: Ambrosia Tavern, 116 Elm Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760
Topic: Intro to Rails/Node.js: Building Your First App with Expressjs
Speaker: Aaron Bartell, Director of IBMi Innovation at Krengel Technology
Dinner: Grilled Salmon served with vegetables and roasted potatoes; or Chicken Marsala served with mushrooms, vegetables and roasted potatoes; or Sirloin Tips served with mushrooms, onions, baked potato and vegetables; or Vegetable Korma served with a creamy almond based sauce with raisins and cardamom with basmati rice.  Also included are appetizers, salad, dessert, and coffee/tea.

Cost:  Cost for both sessions and dinner, NEMUG Members $40., Guests $50., Students $20..  Cost for one session and dinner,  NEMUG Members $30, Guests $40, Students $10.  Make check payable to: NEMUG.  Mail to Aurora Technologies, C/O NEMUG, 5 Old Nasonville Road, Harrisville, RI 02830 or register on the NEMUG web site, and pay at the door.

R.S.V.P .  to Aurora Technologies.  Register on the web,
 or e-mail
or call: (401) 765-3721, FAX. (401) 766-4591.  Include your name, company, e-mail address, number attending and your meal choice.  We must receive your reply no later than Friday, May 15, 2015.
 ** No shows will be billed, unless cancellation is received by Tuesday, May 19, 2015. **

Intro to Rails/Node.js: Building Your First App With Expressjs

1st Session—Intro to Rails
Rails is an open-source web framework written in the Ruby language that's optimized for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity. It lets you write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration. Are all these statements true? That’s what we aim to find out by walking through the creation of a small application from start to finish and calling out the various features of the Rails framework and how useful they are.

2nd Session—Node.js: Building Your First App With Expressjs Node.js is a hot topic in IBM i circles because of its recent port. Doing a "Hello World" app in Node.js is very simple, but what about developing something more substantial with full model-view-controller capabilities? This session aims to take you beyond your first pass at Node.js and show how to use one of the most popular Node.js web frameworks, Express.js. In this session we will learn about Installing ExpressJs with npm (Node Package Manager), Model: DB2 for i access, View: Template Engines and how to use them, Controller: Routing requests, Implement web sockets to make the app insanely interactive.

Aaron Bartell is Director of IBM i Innovation for Krengel Technology, Inc. Aaron facilitates adoption of open source technologies on IBM i through professional services, staff training, speaking engagements, and the authoring of best practices within industry publications and With a strong background in RPG application development, Aaron covers topics which enable IBM i shops to embrace today’s leading technologies including Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Git for RPG source change management and RSpec for unit testing RPG. Aaron is a passionate advocate of vibrant technology communities and the corresponding benefits available for today’s modern application developers. Connect with Aaron via email at Aaron lives with his wife and five children in Southern Minnesota. He enjoys the vast amounts of laughter having a young family brings, along with camping and music. He believes there's no greater purpose than to give of our life and time to help others.


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Many Thanks to these Member Companies for Supporting NEMUG this Year!

A & H Worldwide
A.J. Oster
Aurora Technologies
Cape Cod Bay Systems
Hart Engineering
Jerry Perreault
Jewel Case Corporation
JH Lynch
John Dowling
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The Moore Company  

Message from the Vice President

We had a really great meeting in April. Charlie Guarino came up from Long Island, and delivered a very nice session on getting up on RDi…and that we did. Thanks again, Charlie, for the presentation and a really nice evening….always a pleasure…see you again my friend….

Now on to our May Speaker, Aaron Bartell. Aaron is coming to town to deliver his sessions on Intro to Rails, and Node.js. Aaron is currently the Director of IBMi Innovation at Krengel Technology Inc. His career with Krengel Technology began in 2005, where he pioneered the development and release, in 2006, of RPG-XML Suite at Since then Aaron has invested his time and efforts serving the customer base of Krengel Technology and the greater IBMi community—eventually earning the designation of IBM Power Systems Champion in 2012. Over the years Aaron has spoken to many IBMi user groups and conferences on many topics including web service communications, mobile development, RPG programming, application modernization, and overall development best practices. Most recently, Aaron played an instrumental role in making the deployment of Ruby on Rails*, and Node.js, a reality on the IBMi platform.

Today, Aaron’s focus includes implementation of the Ruby on Rails framework for IBM i customers, enhancing the value of RPG-XML Suite, and advancing the adoption and contribution to open source technologies that strengthen the value IBM i creates as a business computing platform….This is our first session of the day ‘Intro to Rails’. For the second session, Aaron will show us how to develop our first App in Node.js, With Expressjs.

Our schedule:
4:00 - First session check-in
4:30 - First Session (Intro to Rails)
6:00 - Break/Second Check-In for those that don't come to both sessions
6:30 - Dinner, raffles, etc
7:15 - Second Session (Node.js: Building Your First App With Expressjs)

Aaron is in a great position to teach new technology on the IBMi to us….all you have to do is come and learn….

May The Force be with Us…………

Dick Ferrara, President NEMUG


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President, Dick Ferrara, NATCO
Vice President, Dawn Dawson, The Moore Company
Treasurer, Eileen Newell, FGX International
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