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December 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The December 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of December, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Are you sure it’s right?

Owen Ben Davies wants us to think about what is and what isn’t right with our software:

This talk on both Rails and plain Ruby apps will cover

  • Testing
  • Code standards tools
  • Validations and verifications
  • Security tools and frameworks

An RSpec 3 Talk

Sam Phippen says:

RSpec 3 is the recently released new major version of RSpec. It contains a host of new features, and has removed or altered many old ones. In this talk we’ll cover the most significant changes that were made in RSpec 3, the upgrade path between RSpec 2 and 3 and some of the common pitfalls that you might fall into when using this new major version of RSpec.

Pub

That all sounds super-interesting and we’ll want to talk it all over together, but we have to be out of Skills Matter by 8pm. Don’t worry though, that doesn’t mean the evening is over! The Slaughtered Lamb is a short walk away and has plenty of space for us to have those discussions. No need to register for this bit, if you can’t make the talks do feel free to turn up just for the socialising afterwards.

Registration  

To secure a place at the meeting you must register with our hosts Skills Matter. It helps to make sure we have the room laid out with enough chairs, and in extreme cases that we get priority on the larger rooms over other groups using the space on the same night. Also, it’s polite (don’t forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter. Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It’s just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Nov 24, 2014

November 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The November 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of November, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Julia – Fast and Dynamic

Avik Sengupta wants to introduce us to a new language called Julia:

Can a programming language be fast yet highly dynamic? The creators of Julia, a new language with a numeric focus intends to answer yes.

In this talk we will introduce the language, and discuss some of its design and implementation decisions that make it particularly amenable to generating efficient machine code. We will also talk about Julia’s impressive language interop features, and see examples of calling Ruby code from within Julia.

Peas – A Docker and Ruby based PaaS

Thomas Buckley-Houston says:

I’ll be looking at the basic technical concepts of the Platform As A Service paradigm (eg; Heroku) and what Docker and Ruby can contribute to it. Some of the highlights will be; using Docker inside Docker, how to test this complex stack and concurrency using the Celluloid gem.

Pub

After the talks are finished we leave Skills Matter and move to The Slaughtered Lamb to continue the evening. We finish the talks at about 8pm, so if you only want to attend this informal part aim to be at the pub by about 8:10 and you should be just in time to fight with us for room at the bar.

Registration  

To secure a place at the meeting you must register with our hosts Skills Matter. It helps to make sure we have the room laid out with enough chairs, and in extreme cases that we get priority on the larger rooms over other groups using the space on the same night. Also, it’s polite (don’t forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter. Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It’s just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Oct 24, 2014

October 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The October 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of October, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Be a good UNIX citizen

Rob Miller says:

The Unix command line has been the foundation of how we use computers for over four decades, and has changed surprisingly little in that time. I’ll look at what it takes to elevate a throwaway one-liner or personal script into a robust and re-usable CLI app, and look at the Ruby techniques that make it easy to be a good Unix citizen.

Live Coding in the Classroom

Sam Aaron and Xavier Riley want to code up some music for us:

Sonic Pi is a Ruby-based live coding music synthesiser designed to help teach both computing and music within schools. It uses fast feedback, liveness and studio-quality sound production as a means to engage school children in introductory coding. In this talk we will follow the story of Sonic Pi from its the humble beginnings of this project in a single class of school-children coding beeps and bleeps to its current standing as a state-of-the-art live coding system installed by default on all Raspberry Pis used to live code in a variety of venues from Algoraves to national music venues. All towards a simple but deep question – how can we give more people an understanding of what programming is and can do?

Pub

Our talks finish around about 8pm, but the meeting continues in the more relaxed surroundings of The Slaughtered Lamb. Most attendees stick around for this bit, so it’s a good chance to catch up with old friends or make some new ones as you discuss the talks and chat about the lastest goings on in the ruby community. Attendance of the formal part is not a prerequisite for attending the pub bit, so do come along!

Registration  

To secure a place at the meeting you must register with our hosts Skills Matter. It helps to make sure we have the room laid out with enough chairs, and in extreme cases that we get priority on the larger rooms over other groups using the space on the same night. Also, it’s polite (don’t forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter. Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It’s just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Oct 01, 2014