Groovy and Grails

From their meetup page:

A group where Groovy / Grails developers can talk about code, architecture, and innovation. Both beginners and pros are welcome! We'll spend the next few weeks contacting local Java and other user groups to get a few members to join, and then start scheduling meetups.

Atlanta HTML5 User Group

HTML is the language of the web. For years is was stagnant, but the whatwg group finally kicked the W3C into action. Now everybody's getting on the HTML5 bandwagon. We have the Atlanta HTML5 User Group Meetup, which seems to be going well. They meet at the new Matrix location.

The Atlanta Scala Meetup Group

The local Scala community has formed a group, the Atlanta Scala Meetup Group looks like they generally meet about the first Thursday of the month, but check the site, as it sometimes varies.

Atlanta JavaScript Meetup

I guess I'd never really thought about it. Would you consider JavaScript to be Open Source? Well, Firefox supports it and Firefox is Open Source. Most of the Javascript libraries out there (JQuery, Moo, Prototype, etc) are open source. Even the EXT JS library has a GPL v3 version. So I guess I'll have to say that it's open. Anyway, there's a new JavaScript meetup forming. At the moment they haven't decided on a place to meet, and their charter is a bit thin: Meet other local JavaScripters to share knowledge, to review the state of the art, or to dream up new applications. But follow along, sign up and be there! See: The Atlanta JavaScript Meetup Page.

Atlanta Java Users' Group

Java is becoming open source, or was when Sun owned it, we'll see about Oracle. The Atlanta Java Users' Group has been around for a number of years and has sponsored some really great programs, including James Gosling himself speaking at the end of 2006. For more information, see their website at:

Atlanta Perl Mongers

PerlMongers Find new Meeting Place!

The trek through the desert is over! Atlanta Perl Mongers has a new venue at Cox Enterprises. We now meet on the 1st Thursday of the month. The lowdown on their next meeting is listed on their site at:

To recap: The grandfather of most of the modern open-source scripting languages has to be Perl. PHP was originally just a dialect of Perl. Larry Wall's post-modern language where there's always more than one way to do something is the topic of The Atlanta Perl Mongers. (Note: all the camel jokes are due to the O'Reilly series of books on Perl which sport Camels on their covers).

Atlanta PHP Users' Group

PHP is one of the most-used web programming languages around today. This website is powered by WordPress which is written in PHP. The Atlanta PHP users group generally meets the first Thursday of the month at Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta (Peachtree and 14th). For more information, see their website at:

From their website:

Atlanta PHP connects and unites PHP users across the Southeast, provides world-class support and resources to the community, and advocates the adoption of PHP to local, national, and international businesses.

Atlanta PHP formed in late 2004. Mentored by the highly successful New York PHP group, Atlanta PHP aims to expand upon those successes in the Southeast by implementing a similar model and approach. With a growing member base, Atlanta PHP is building a community of professionals dedicated to the development and proliferation of PHP and related technologies. Atlanta PHP actively supports its community through sponsorship of networking events, regular meetings, a community-driven Web site, and mailing lists. Through partnerships with local, national, and international businesses, Atlanta PHP works to promote PHP and related technologies across the Southeast.

See their website

or sign up on meetup

follow them on twitter

or freenode IRC: #atlantaphp

Looks like Ben's made sure this is one of the more connected users' groups around. Yes, they're even on Facebook.




Atlanta Python Meetup Group

From their meetup group page:
Learn about programming in Python, a powerful, easy to use programming language.people new to programing and veterans alike are welcomed.

Ok, but the whitespace warps the mind of an old guy like me. Anyway, looks like an active group. See:

Atlanta Ruby Users Group

Ruby is a modern language that's gained traction with its Rails web application development framework. So much so that Ruby on Rails seems to be the de facto way to use this language. Championed by the folks at 37signals, it has a loyal following. They are now meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Centergy Building off Tech Square, details on their meetup page: