About the Dayton Dynamic Language User Group

The Dayton Dynamic Language User Group is primarily focused on, as you can tell by the name, dynamic languages. If you're interested in Ruby (including Rails), Python (including Django), PHP, Perl, Javascript, Scheme, Lisp, Smalltalk, etc, this is probably the place for you. We try not to talk specifically about things like C and Java, but there are no hard and fast rules (especially if you're comparing them to a dynamic language).

The meetings are very informal. We usually don't have any formal presentations, but people frequently show code that they're working on. The flow of the meeting tends to meander, so if you're interested in something specific, you should speak up!

The meetings are free to the public, though we try to donate some small amount of money to the Dayton Chess Club every month. You're certainly under no obligation to contribute.

June 8: Elm

This week, we're going to bend our group's name again and look into a language that isn't technically dynamic - but it is really cool: Elm (http://elm-lang.org/). ; Elm can be used in place of a complex React - Javascript - HTML stack to produce rich web clients from a single clean, elegant program.

Mailing list

We have a mailing list that we use for occasional discussion, but usually just monthly meeting reminders. It's extremely low traffic and definitely the best way to know what is going on with the group.


We customarily meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm in the back part of the main room at the Dayton Chess Club. The address is

18 W 5th St.
Dayton, OH 45402

Here's a map. Sometimes parking is hard to find, though all the metered spots are free after 6pm. If you're lucky, you can find parking on 5th street in front of the building. There is also usually parking on a (sadly unmarked on all of the online maps we could find) road that goes between 4th and 5th street between Main street and Ludlow.

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Earlier reports about being unable to use the Chess Club on Wednesdays turned out to be wrong (or at least premature)! So our meeting place remains unchanged, but keep an eye on the mailing list in case of future changes.


We typically walk over to the Spaghetti Warehouse (a few doors west of the Dayton Chess Club) for dinner & conversation after the meeting. You're welcome to come.

Past meetings

Sep 12, 2012

Oct 10, 2012

Special guest: Raju Gandhi on Clojure

Aug 14, 2013

Sep. 11, 2013

Nov 13, 2013

Jan 8, 2014

May 14, 2014

Nov 12, 2014

Jan 15, 2015

June 10, 2015

August 12, 2015: HTTP APIs

January 13, 2016: Processing

February 10, 2016: Greasemonkey

Future topics

Use a comment to suggest a possible meeting topic, and/or volunteer to present on it. (You can suggest a topic without being the presenter!) Use up or down votes to indicate which suggestions you're most interested in.

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