I went to the Web414 meeting last night up at MSOE. I heard about the group at Barcamp Madison last March (They were a sponsor of the event and had a large presence there) and this was the first chance that I got to attend one of the meetings. The group has the feel of a Barcamp with a very relaxed and participatory feel to it. The presentations are very informal and you are encouraged to participate in open discussions before, during and after the presentations.
There were 2 topics covered and I learned a lot during each presentation:
iStockPhoto – Mike Rohde introduced a resource for web developers and web masters to get photos for use on their web sites at a very low cost. He also demonstrated how he has used the stock photos on a number of customer sites.
Ruby on Rails – Tim Bailen gave an overview and demo of Ruby on Rails. This was a nice introduction to Rails that showed some of the power of the convention versus configuration philosophy of the rails framework. This was the first time that I saw RadRails in action, which is an IDE for Rails.
If you are interested in web technologies or web design I would encourage you to attend a future meeting. I volunteered to give an introduction to Silverlight and the Expression tools at a future meeting – but not the June 14th meeting. I already have a commitment that night. 🙁