sdforum.JPG Into Ruby? Clear your weekend schedule and make a pilgrimage to San Jose, CA, the heart of Silicon Valley. Here at Mecca you will find the SDForum, the Valley's geektacular info-source in the tech community.The Second Annual Silicon Valley Ruby Conference is a two-day event taking place at the Tech Museum in San Jose. It will be held from April 21-22 and is expected to draw industry experts and leading practitioners from far and wide. Attendees will have the chance to rub elbows with field professionals and share techniques, stories and advice on avoiding implementation pitfalls. Also, executives using Ruby as the foundation for their websites will be explaining the pros and cons of the framework in detail. "Software development has undergone a dramatic shift away from statically-typed, compiled languages and toward more dynamic languages like Ruby," says executive director Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum. "Last year's event was such a success that participants encouraged us to expand the event to include even more case studies and discussion about the latest tips and tricks. That's what attendees can expect this year." Ruby, recently chosen by Mephisto devs as the flexible platform of choice for open source CMS, enables rapid creation of interactive and powerful web apps. Last year it emerged as the single most-discussed software framework. The desire to provide a collaborative space for this discussion for both experts and noobs is part of what drove the SDForum to conduct a second Ruby conference. Speakers include: * Thomas Enebo of Sun Microsystems * Tor Norbye of Sun Microsystems * Evan (Rabble) Henshaw-Plath, Ruby Developer Murray Spork, SAP Asuman * Suenbuel, SAP Josh Susser, Powerset Kevin Clark, Powerset Tom * Preston-Werner, Powerset Ezra Zygmuntowicz, * Alex Chaffee of Pivotal Labs * Blaine Cook of Twitter * Evan Phoenix of Rubinius * Charles Nutter of Sun Microsystems SDForum is a high-tech non-profit dedicated to educating and developing relationships within the tech community. With a reach of over 12,000 software professionals per year, SDForum's long-standing Silicon Valley relationships include major brands like HP, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and IBM. For more information, visit the SDForum website. To get involved in the SDForum Ruby conference this weekend, visit the information page. Media are welcome to the event and can register by contacting Bianca Panlasigue at