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Computer programming conference planned this month

The local tech community is hosting a conference for computer programmers and software developers later this month.

The Nickel City Ruby Conference, held Sept. 20 and 21 at the downtown branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, is meant to show off this region as a mecca for developers high-tech companies.

Ruby is an open-source programming language, and this is the first Ruby-focused conference held in the region. The event is organized by members of the Western New York Ruby User Group.

Attendees include prominent members of the national Ruby and open-source programming communities, including keynote speakers Jeff Casimir, head of Jumpstart Labs; Sara Chipps, founder of Girl Develop
It; Zach Holman, a developer at Github; and Neal Sales-Griffin, co-founder of Starter League.

Before the main conference, on Sept. 19, O’Reilly Media will host an Ignite Conference. Following
the main conference, on Sept. 22, Jim Hurne will lead a CodeRetreat at Z80 Labs in Buffalo.

More information on tickets, speakers, the schedule and sponsorship is at

---Stephen T. Watson

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