Our first Code Dojo meeting is scheduled! The idea is simple enough, and has been done before, of course. Our version is just in its infancy and we're seeing if we can gain some traction here. But we're hoping to turn this into a regular meeting of developers where we come together and team-code a project into reality. We're doing this so that we can learn new things together by just sitting down and doing them.
The first meeting, which is Saturday August 7th at my house, will be mostly for the purpose of brainstorming. We have some basic ideas of how we'd like to start, and we've at least settled on an initial goal of developing something in Ruby for the sake of learning Ruby. That "something" is still open to much debate and will likely evolve over time. We don't want it to be too much at first, because we want to learn the basics. But at the same time we don't want it to just be (as Sean put it) "Rails 101" where we just follow some tutorial and be done with it, not learning much of anything. So we need to find a good balance.
If you're interested in the dojo, let us know!