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Meetings

May 2018 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The May 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Wednesday the 9th of May, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

We've got three great talks for you in May:

Software Development – a view from the Boardroom

Alan Buxton says:

Chances are you are building software for a business to use or sell, or both. It’s likely that there is a board of directors involved making decisions that affect you and your software. This talk aims to give you a personal insight into what it’s like to be a CTO on a startup’s board in the hope that it gives you another perspective on ‘the business’ and helps you become a more rounded developer.

An Introduction to Event Sourcing

Alfredo Motta

Event sourcing is a recently developed design pattern to build applications that are domain centric and easy to extend. The pattern is based on the usage of a persistent event log which substitutes the more classical relational database model for Rails applications. Such event log can then be used for extending your application in all sort of creative ways. For example, by synchronizing data between your microservices, trigger side effects without cluttering your models or controllers, or build data views optimized for your query needs. In this talk, I'll present the basic ideas, some of the tradeoffs and challenges you might find and how you could start experimenting with it.

On Writing <%= code %>

Elliot Hilaire

Writing code in high-level programming languages began in the 1950s. In contrast, writing goes back more than 5000 years. So, what can we learn from people who study writing? This talk explores concepts from three books about writing and applies them to coding.

Afterwards

We should be done with the talks by 8pm, but there's bound to be plenty to talk about after these so if you want to chat to your fellow attendees or the speakers afterwards you have a couple of choices:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosing on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

Don't worry that you'll miss out on this part if you can't make the talks. Attendance of the talks is far from mandatory to attend the socialising afterwards, so please do come along anyway if you can.

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by James Adam on Apr 24, 2018

April 2018 Meeting

Meeting Sponsors

Sponsorship kindly provided by:

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The April 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of April, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

You’re doing documentation wrong (and so am I)

Scott Matthewman says:

As developers, we’re always asked to write more documentation. Some of us even do it without being asked. But look around the web and you’ll see countless gems, applications and source code examples whose documentation is either missing or makes no sense. How can we make little changes to the way we think about documentation to make things better?

Sliding Puzzles

Chris Patuzzo says:

Did you ever play with one of those cheap plastic-y tile puzzles as a child? Let's try to solve them with Ruby and use that as an excuse to talk about combinatorics, complexity theory and proof.

Scaling millions of jobs with Enumerators

Kir Shatrov says:

Enumerator is a pattern that not too many developers are often exposed to, despite the fact that it comes with Ruby and is leveraged in many libraries that we use every day (Rails). Join the talk to learn how we’ve used Enumerators to scale millions of background jobs at Shopify and how it influenced the way developers think when writing resilient code.

Drinks Sponsor

Explore

The nice people at The Explore Group have arranged to provide us with drinks. They have arranged to put some money behind the bar after the meeting in the Skills Matter downstairs bar area.

The Explore Group has been helping companies recruit top talent in the ever-evolving world of technology since 2005. They're keen to speak with Ruby on Rails developers looking for their next challenge.

Thanks for supporting us The Explore Group!

Afterwards

Our aim is to finish the talks by 8pm. The night doesn't have to end there though, to continue hanging out with other LRUG attendees you can visit:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If you can't attend the talks we'd still be very happy to see you at this part of the meeting. Do come along!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Mar 21, 2018

March 2018 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The March 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of March, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

Web Architecture choices & Ruby

Tomas Valent says:

I'll try to talk about most popular web application architecture choices (monolith, micro-service, serverless and their variations) from the perspective of a Ruby developer. When is good to use one over the other and philosophies behind them.

Strong opinions, loosely held

Alex Heeton says:

Strong opinions and principles are a great thing to have. In this talk I'll share some of my principles, and show how they've helped me grow teams and build more robust software, with a special focus on managing larger Rails applications.

Make responsive emails super-duper easily with MJML

Chris O’Sullivan says:

If you're like me, you hate making HTML emails that work across email apps and devices. In this lightning talk I'm going to introduce you to MJML - a markup language that takes a lot of pain out of making responsive emails. You can find more information at http://mjml.io.

Afterwards

The talks should be finished by 8pm. If you'd like to socialise with other LRUG attendees afterwards, you have two choices:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If you can't attend the talks we'd still be very happy to see you at this part of the meeting. Do come along!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Tom Stuart on Feb 21, 2018

February 2018 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The February 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of February, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

In February we devote our whole evening to lightning talks of no more than 10 minutes. This year our talks are:

The Human Cost of Messy Code

Adrian Booth says:

What are the real costs behind a messy codebase? It’s not just about being harder to change and annoying to work with. There are human costs to these decisions we make every day that have implications beyond the codebase.

Search Relevancy

Rosa Fox says:

A quick introduction to search result relevancy featuring GOV.UK.

_why Symbol#to_proc works and more

Simon George says:

How Symbol#to_proc found its way into Ruby core, who put it there, ways it can be extended, and a crude drawing of a fish.

Software Development – a view from the Boardroom

Alan Buxton says:

Chances are you are building software for a business to use or sell, or both. It’s likely that there is a board of directors involved making decisions that affect you and your software. This talk aims to give you a personal insight into what it’s like to be a CTO on a startup’s board in the hope that it gives you another perspective on ‘the business’ and helps you become a more rounded developer.

Introduction to Active Storage

Dan Kim says:

A brief introduction to Active Storage, a new library for cloud attachments in Rails applications. How to install Active Storage and integrate it with cloud services like Amazon S3. Comparison to the existing file upload solutions.

Things I wish I'd known about Ruby Gems

Iain Beeston says:

I want to give a talk that discusses a handful of topics related to rubygems, that might be interesting for devs who haven't published a gem before or don't know how they work. I'd like to discuss what a gem really is, how gem loading works, how to debug errors coming from a gem you're using and how to make your own gem.

Increase your quality of life: An RSpec primer

Elena Tanasoiu says:

If you can’t be arsed to read a book about RSpec, this talk is for you. I’m here to offer you a short but sweet look into Rspec and what it can do. It’s a list of nice to knows, but did you actually know them? Based on “Effective testing with Rspec 3” by Myron Marston and Ian Dees

Git commit signing: Code we can trust?

Matthew Rudy Jacobs says:

When we install software on our computers we have to trust the package maintainers that it's secure.

If someone slips a hack into homebrew all of our machines could become vulnerable.

But what about our own code? * When we deploy to production, how do we know we can trust it? * What if someone pushes a hack to our github? * Will CI still push it to production?

It turns out Git has a cool feature that can help us trust the code we deploy. We'll discuss Git Commit Signing, how it can help us, and what downsides it may have.

Afterwards

We should be done with the talks by 8pm, but there's bound to be plenty to talk about after these so if you want to chat to your fellow attendees or the speakers afterwards you have a couple of choices:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosing on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

Don't worry that you'll miss out on this part if you can't make the talks. Attendance of the talks is far from mandatory to attend the socialising afterwards, so please do come along anyway if you can.

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 23, 2018

January 2018 Meeting

Meeting Sponsors

Sponsorship kindly provided by:

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The January 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of January, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (meeting start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

Quiz!

Our first meeting of 2018 will be a slightly different kind of thing. Instead of talks there'll be a quiz. We did this in 2007 and 2013 so if you attended those you'll know what to expect. If not the details are below

Format

The quiz will be run as 5 separate rounds. The first four are themed on the words in LRUG (London, Ruby, Users, and Group). The 5th round is a picture round which will be given to each team to complete throughout the evening and marked at the end. The picture round questions will be based around the same 4 themes as the other rounds.

  • Round 1: London
  • Round 2: Ruby (more community and history than technical details)
  • Round 3: Users (famous and historical people)
  • Round 4: Group (music)
  • Round 5: picture round

Each round will have 10 questions, but there'll be bonus points available throughout the quiz for exceptional answers.

Rules

  1. Teams should have no more than 4 members (we may adjust this up or down on the night depending on attendance or prize divisibility).
  2. Utilising internet devices to obtain answers is strictly forbidden - we expect you to use your onboard brain, not your outboard one.
  3. The quiz master's word is final in any disputes.

Prizes

Our lovely sponsors have donated the following:

  1. Copies of “99 Bottles of OOP” by Sandi Metz and Katrina Owen provided by:
    Unboxed

  2. Copies of “Exceptional Ruby” by Avdi Grimm provided by:
    Explore

  3. Parcels of Pact coffee provided by:
    Carwow

  4. 3-month subscriptions to Ruby Tapas provided by:
    Avdi Grimm

We're still looking for more sponsors to provide prizes for the winners. If we have enough prizes some of the runners up will also get prizes. If you can help us out please do get in touch with us at sponsors@lrug.org. Other than the warm glow in your stomach of helping us out the benefits of sponsorship are explained on our readme site.

Afterwards

We aim to finish the quiz by 8pm (although it may over-run depending on how long the marking and prize-giving takes). There's bound to be some heated debate about how cruel the questions were and how your particularly funny ruby pun-based team name was robbed of the best team-name bonus. If you'd like to socialise with other LRUG attendees afterwards you have two choices:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If you can't attend the talks we'd still be very happy to see you at this part of the meeting. Do come along!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Dec 16, 2017

December 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The December 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of December, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

Everyday cryptography - talking about crypto without complex maths

Xavier Riley says:

Good cryptography is hard, but learning the basic concepts don't have to have to be. By focussing on the key concepts, rather than the exotic maths, I hope we can initiate more people into understanding what good security looks like without having to take a University course. For those who already know their MACs from their IKEs, I hope this talk offers some useful ways of communicating these concepts to colleagues, friends and family.

Fun with an Amazon Echo, Ruby and Recipes

Miles Woodroffe says:

Voice interfaces open up so many interesting possibilities and in this talk I'll show you how to very quickly build and deploy a useful "skill" with Ruby, and at the same time, make sure you hopefully don't burn the dinner.

How I met "Double Dutch" and he helped to remedy fear of injection.

Marek Labos says:

The story about how ideas from other languages can help us write simple, elegant Ruby code. In this presentation we will look at a Double Dispatch pattern, Excel(spreadsheet) injection, how they go together and why fighting (accidental) code complexity matters.

Afterwards

We aim to finish up the talks by 8pm and if you'd like to socialise with other LRUG attendees afterwards you have two choices:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If you can't attend the talks we'd still be very happy to see you at this part of the meeting. Do come along!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Dec 04, 2017

November 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The November 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 20th of November, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

OpenPolitics: making policy with open source ideas

James Smith says:

The OpenPolitics project is a collaborative political policy-writing platform. Started as an experiment in using open source principles outside the world of tech, it’s grown into a tool (written in Ruby) that allows anyone with a good idea to take a direct role in writing policy. This talk will explain how the project started, how the system evolved, and how it currently works atop git and GitHub to make open source workflows democratic and accessible by non-developers.

Mock objects: delicious and addictive

Duncan Brown says:

You must mock, but where do you begin? Where do you end? And how do you know > when to stop? A cautionary tale. I will talk about the mocking library stripe-ruby-mock.

5 ways to keep docs up to date

Tijmen Brommet says:

Project documentation often falls into a cycle of disrepair: it's not read because it's not up to date, and not up to date because nobody reads it. This is a talk about how we tried to break that cycle for GOV.UK's internal developer documentation. I'll cover what we tried, what works & what doesn't, and how to employ a punny chat bot to help you.

Afterwards

The talks will take us to 8pm or thereabouts. The end of the talks doesn't have to be the end of the evening though. We suggest you choose one of the following venues if you want to keep chatting to your fellow LRUG attendees:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Chris Lowis on Nov 08, 2017

October 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The October 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of October, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

Work Smart, Not Hard

Paula Muldoon says:

Work Smart, Not Hard draws on Paula’s experience as an international violinist and Makers Academy alumna to promote practices that lead to code that’s well-designed, extensible, easy to debug, and enjoyable to write.

Splitting strings

Chris Zetter says:

I'll be talking about a bug I caused that led me on a journey of software archaeology. I'll be sharing what I discovered along the way.

Making a Ruby with Lisp Syntax

Emily Woods says:

I'll be discussing compiler design and sharing my experiences of designing a Lisp-like language which compiles to Ruby.

Afterwards

The talks will take us to 8pm or thereabouts. The end of the talks doesn't have to be the end of the evening though. We suggest you choose one of the following venues if you want to keep chatting to your fellow LRUG attendees:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Harry Wood on Sep 14, 2017

September 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The September 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of September, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

Let Humans Human and Computers Computer - A Tale of Building Effective Automations

Jan Krutisch says:

Boring, repetitive tasks, are, if we like it or not, part of our daily routine as developers. We can try to automate them away as much as possible, but what exactly makes a good automation? By looking at a number of common and not so common automations, we'll see how we can make computers do what they do best and at the same time keep us humans in control.

Hindsight: Creating the Perfect Project History

Ben Griffiths says:

A demonstration of a new proof-of-concept ruby tool for automatically creating a perfect project history using git, tests and coverage tools. How would you have built your app if you knew from the start everything you know now.

A Trip Back to Where I Grew Up

Andrew McDonough says:

Andrew recently revisited a place he left long ago. He was happy to find that things had changed for the better, and wants to share his story.

Afterwards

The talks will take us to 8pm or thereabouts. The end of the talks doesn't have to be the end of the evening though. We suggest you choose one of the following venues if you want to keep chatting to your fellow LRUG attendees:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Melinda Seckington on Sep 05, 2017

August 2017 Meeting

Meeting Sponsors

Sponsorship kindly provided by:

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The August 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 14th of August, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

Let the Cats out of the bag

Adam Lancaster says:

A talk about cats, boxes and category theory. Do you lie awake at night thinking about monads? Do you wonder why the identity of the exclusive OR Monoid is false? No, of course not… because you're still not sure what the hell they are! Allow me to explain with a beginner friendly introduction to Category Theory - with cats! And may your dreams once again be full of maths.

Empathetech

Lola Odelola has been looking at the role empathy plays in technology and is going to tell us all about it.

GraphQL in Ruby

Phil Cowans and Darren Oakley want to explain GraphQL to us:

At Nested we've recently moved from traditional RESTful APIs to a Ruby GraphQL back end. In this talk we'll share our experience making the transition and using GraphQL for a real-world app.

Why Writing Software Is Nothing Like Building A House

Patrick Gleeson says:

A brief exploration of the problems intrinsic to software project management, and a couple of suggestions for how we coders can help our non-technical colleagues get round them.

Food and Drinks

Nested

The nice people at Nested have arranged to provide us with some food and drinks. These will be available before the meeting in the Skills Matter downstairs bar area.

Nested is one of the UK’s (and Europe's) fastest-growing prop tech companies, and they're proud of their great working culture and the learning & growth opportunities they offer. They’re hiring and keen to speak with Ruby on Rails developers looking for their next challenge.

Thanks for supporting us Nested!

Afterwards

The talks will take us to 8pm or thereabouts. The end of the talks doesn't have to be the end of the evening though. We suggest you choose one of the following venues if you want to keep chatting to your fellow LRUG attendees:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosting on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

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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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jul 19, 2017