SOURCE: Insider Pages

June 13, 2006 09:00 ET

Silicon Valley Ruby on Rails User Group Holds Inaugural Meeting With More Than 100 Registered Members and Growing

Group Founders Smallcombe and Taylor Report Immediate, Strong Interest Among Bay Area Engineers

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 --

WHO     Founders:
        Mark Smallcombe, vice president of engineering, Insider Pages
        Zachary Taylor, engineer, Insider Pages

        Featured Speakers:
        Hasan Diwan, Spectra Technologies
        Bill Katz, Stanford University
        Seth Banks, Subimage Interactive

WHAT    The first meeting of the Silicon Valley Ruby on Rails MeetUp Group
        was held last week in the headquarters of Insider Pages in Redwood
        City, Calif.  Developers from around the area gathered to network
        and share their experiences using the Ruby on Rails framework over
        a casual dinner courtesy of Insider Pages.  Insider Pages is a
        leading reviews-driven local community search site currently
        employing the Ruby on Rails framework.

WHEN    Thursday, June 8, 2006

INFO    For event details and to read comments from participants, visit
Ruby on Rails is a new and emerging software development environment that offers developers greater flexibility and agility for building highly market-responsive websites. Rails is a full-stack framework for developing database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Control pattern.

"Ruby on Rails is a breakthrough in lowering the barriers of entry to programming. Powerful web applications that formerly might have taken weeks or months to develop can be produced in a matter of days."

-- Tim O'Reilly, Founder of O'Reilly Media

About its Founders

Mark Smallcombe leads Insider Pages' engineering team. He has deep experience in online software development and in local media. Prior to Insider Pages, Mark was Sensis Corporation's group manager for multi-channel and search, responsible for the software development of Yellow Pages Online, White Pages Online, CitySearch, WhereIs, navigation services, directory access and mobile services across Australia.

Zachary Taylor is a developer on Insider Pages' engineering team and a Ruby on Rails enthusiast. Prior to joining Insider Pages, Zachary worked as an engineer for webMethods, a leading provider of enterprise business integration software, and Eclipsys Corporation, a vendor of clinical, financial and administrative software for the healthcare industry.

About Insider Pages

Insider Pages is a reviews-driven local community search site built around the concept that the best way for consumers to find a local business is through a personal recommendation. Users of the site have created over 600,000 customer reviews of local businesses in categories ranging from dentists, doctors and hairstylists to plumbers, realtors and restaurants. Members can easily find reviews for Los Angeles attorneys, Palo Alto plumbers, Portland architects, Seattle preschools, Dallas chiropractors, and Pasadena auto repair shops. The company has been a pioneer of the pay per phone call advertising model for thousands of small businesses from hairstylists to mortgage brokers. The company has advertising syndication partnerships with several leading local search services. The company was founded in 2004 and is located in Redwood City, Calif. For more information on Insider Pages, please visit

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