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Meetings

September 2014 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The September 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of September, 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

How not to become a terrible human being once you get a leadership title.

Mazz Mosley says:

You’ll never guess what happens next? Mazz will talk about some of the essential skills that good technical leaders exhibit and the information you need to know about to help you become good at leading and not turn into a terrible person. Do you find yourself in a position of leadership and don’t know what to do now? Do you think you’re a great tech lead? Do you wonder if you’re cut out to lead one day? Great, then come and listen to my talk, you may find it more relevant to your interests than you realise.

Bebox – Convention over configuration for puppet repositories

Jairo Diaz says:

Bebox helps automating the provisioning of environments in which Ruby on Rails applications run, easing the reproduction of new server setups every time.

Bebox’s main concern is the structure. It is generally a good idea to have conventions about how different source code files are placed and named and be able to use this to reduce the details required to understand a project while also providing automation in key places. These conventions may include things like: how to write puppet modules, how to integrate them into the projects, a directory structure for the projects, how to have a replicated “development/test” environment into virtual machines, etc.

Learn to code in 12 weeks?

Daniel Sun says:

Having recently completed the training phase of WeGotCoders I will present some code from my final project of the 12 week training course / some code recently pulled into Diaspora*. With more and more of us choosing this route, the aim is to show those interested in the ‘Immersion’ model (either attending a course, or hiring someone who has joined a course) what someone with no prior coding experience can achieve within 12 weeks.

Pub

When the talks finish there’s usually lots to mull over and talk about. We have to leave Skills Matter’s offices, but we don’t stop the meeting; it continues at The Slaughtered Lamb which is a 5 minute walk away. If you are unable to attend the talks, or miss out on a space, come join us 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 Aug 27, 2014

August 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

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The August 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of August, 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

How to make Guacamole

Dirk Breuer says:

ArangoDB is a multi-purpose NoSQL database. There are a lot of features in it but without a proper high level library for common web frameworks no one will use a database these days. No matter how fancy it is. Guacamole is an ODM for ArangoDB to be used in Rack-based framework and especially Rails. I will talk about the design choices, caveats and my the general experience working on that kind of library. The talk will not go too deep into technical details and should be interesting to novice and experts alike.

A gentle introduction to music theory (in ruby)

Alex Speller says:

Music theory can seem arcane and unapproachable. But underneath the weird names and symbols, the basics are actually pretty simple. The real issue is that the documentation is bad and the API is worse! In this talk I will show how to start with nothing but a ruby interpreter, and generate sine waves, notes, scales, modes, chords, arpeggios and songs, in a way that will be understandable to those who have never touched an instrument before and will (hopefully) offer an interesting new perspective even to those who are already well versed in music theory.

Pub

The presentation-based part of the meeting ends at 8pm and we move to the social part of the meeting shortly after. For this 2nd half we switch venues to The Slaughtered Lamb so if you can’t make the talks, or don’t register in time, feel free to turn up just for this pub bit.

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 Jul 24, 2014

July 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

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The July 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 14th of July, 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

Continuous Deliverance – set your development free

John Maxwell wants to talk to us about automated deployment:

The first principle of the Agile Manifesto says “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software”, yet too often this is not the reality. Delivery is one of the most disruptive parts of the software development process for developers, but can be easy to automate, empowering the iterative process. This talk is a manifesto for how to go from scratch to automated deployment, with a few tales from the trenches of mistakes made along the way.

Welcome back to RSpec

Tom Stuart is going to re-introduce us to RSpec:

RSpec 3 has just been released, and it’s come a long way since version 1. If you’ve had problems with RSpec in the past, now is a great time to revisit it — it’s become much cleaner, simpler and more focused. I’ll give a quick overview of the main things that have changed over the years, and if there’s time, I’ll explain a few of the new features in version 3.

Becoming a Developer & Codebar

Rosa Fox will give us a talk she describes as:

A short talk about my experience starting out as a professional developer. The focus of this talk will be about a weekly event through which I received a huge amount of support called Codebar. At Codebar programming skills are taught for free to people underrepresented in the tech industry.

Pub

Our talks finish up around 8pm and you can find us crowding The Slaughtered Lamb by about 8:10pm. We’re a friendly group and this part of the evening is the perfect time to talk to the speakers and other attendees about the talks or other goings-on in the wider Ruby world. If you didn’t make the talks you’re still welcome to come along for this pub bit!

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 Jun 24, 2014

June 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

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The June 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of June, 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

Patterns & Antipatterns in Teaching

Mal Pinder says:

My talk will be about the techniques & approaches that worked (and didn’t work) for us while I was teaching at Codecraft.

Adventures with data structures and algorithms

Najaf Ali says:

Hola amigos! We need to have a chat about data structures and algorithms. I’ve been messing around with them on-and-off over the past few years and I believe you’ll find spending more time learning them valuable. Here’s what I’m going to talk about:

  • Why you should bother learning about them at all, especially if you think you won’t use them at work.
  • Some fun examples of data structures/algos you’ve heard of (and probably some you haven’t) and how they’re put to work in software you use every day.
  • Ways of learning them that I’ve found to be fun and effective.

I swear in the name of Knuth that there shall be no mention of big-o notation or sorting algorithms. Also, I will attempt a live demo of one of the algos using the SATR[$] transport protocol. It probably won’t work if you are good at the maths and feeling mischievous.

[$]: SATR – Shout Across The Room

Pub

We have to leave Skills Matter’s offices by 8pm so we continue the meeting in a nearby pub, The Slaughtered Lamb. This is a great opportunity to chat to the speakers and other group members; even if you can’t make it for the talks earlier in the evening.

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 May 25, 2014

May 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The May 2014 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of May, 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

Learning to Code

Angela Ebirim has been attending the Funding Circle Code Craft course and is going to give us a lightning talk:

It’ll be about my adventures, frustrations and triumphs in learning to code and specifically in Ruby.

How to win developers and influence designers

Adam Rogers has a talk for us about working as a team better:

In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote the book “How to win friends and influence people”. You may have heard of it. But what can this book, and others, teach us about working as part of a software team today? Quite a lot, actually.

We’ll look at a few points that’ll help us to work better, together.

Deprecating ActiveResource: Alternative Approaches for Internal Rails Services

Gabe da Silveira is going to talk to us about ActiveResource:

Ruby on Rails has always been optimized for a single monolithic application architecture. But as applications grow, it has become more and more common for architects to seek out ways to break their monolithic Rails apps into self-contained services. For years the most natural answer of how to hook up one Rails app to another’s API has been to use ActiveResource, a core Rails plugin that provides an ActiveRecord-like interface to an external service.

The allure of such a simple interface to a network service is undeniable, but the downsides not nearly as obvious. Many have built Rails apps relying on ActiveResource only to feel significant unforeseen pain down the line. This talk provides a case study of an early adopter of ActiveResource during the Rails 1.2 era, the pain that it led to, and the eventual replacement of ActiveResource with a bespoke private gem that provides a similar, but more robust interface.

Pub

The second part of the evening starts after the talks finish, which is usually around 8pm, and we move from Skills Matter’s offices to The Slaughtered Lamb. If you can’t make the talks do feel free to head over to the pub to join us for this more informal side to the meeting.

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 Apr 30, 2014