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Meetings

April 2015 Meeting

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Skills Matter

Thanks!

The April 2015 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of April, 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

Un-artificial Intelligence: How People Learn

Melinda Seckington says:

Most developers are familiar with the basics of AI: how do you make a computer, an algorithm, a system learn something? What most don't realize though is that the same principles are applied to people. This talk looks at the theory behind how people learn, and maps it to real life examples of how specifically developers learn.

The shiny new mongo gem

Emily Stolfo is visiting from Berlin to tell us all about writing the new ruby driver for MongoDB:

The Ruby team at MongoDB spent the last year building a new driver – the mongo gem – that was released a few weeks ago. Emily is going to talk about how they built the driver, its design, and why its availability is so exciting for the Rails and Ruby community.

For reference, an article announcing the release: shar.es/1g0PFK

MongoDB 3.0 was also released a few weeks ago and she'll talk a bit about what makes this version so monumental and why you should try it out.

Pub

The formal talks-and-speakers-based part of the meeting ends around 8pm, after which we make the short trip to The Slaughtered Lamb to continue the event. Most of the attendees and speakers are usually here so it's a great chance to find out what's going on in the LRUG community, or to catch up with or make some new friends. Attendance of the talks is not a prerequisite for coming to the pub, so please 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 Mar 23, 2015

March 2015 Meeting

Meeting Sponsors

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Skills Matter

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The March 2015 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of March, 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

Exploring #to_proc

Paul Mucur says:

A look at how some "odd syntax" introduced in Rails 1.1 and then added to Ruby itself might not solely be for the sake of convenience but hint at a more powerful idea seen in other programming languages.

pkgr - Packaging Ruby applications with no sweat

Łukasz Korecki says:

In the life of every* project there is this moment where standard deployment methods just don’t cut it. You have many servers, many applications, many developers. It can become a mess very, very quickly.

Have you ever dreamed of hosting your own apt repository? When was the last time you were annoyed about slow deployment times because the asset pipeline needs to run every single server your app runs on? Oh and lets not mention installing ruby version managers on servers, ok? (I will though).

In this talk I will show how packaging (and deploying) Ruby applications doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming and can work with a project of any size.

* - huge assumption warning!”

Pizza

Braintree Payments

The nice people at Braintree Payments have arranged to buy some pizza for us to eat during the talks. The Pizza will be there from about 6pm so turn up early if you're hungry! There'll be a selection to suit most tastes: meat-eaters, vegetarian, and vegan. We're not sure if the pizza company does a gluten-free option, but we'll get one if they do.

Thanks Braintree!

Pub

The talks end at 8pm and I'm sure all that talking and pizza will have given us a bit of a thirst. The evening continues at The Slaughtered Lamb which is a 5 minute walk from the Skills Matter office. It's a great opportunity to talk to the speakers in question, or just catch up with some other London rubyists. If you're unable to attend the talks please feel free to attend the pub only.

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 Feb 25, 2015

February 2015 Meeting

Meeting Sponsors

Sponsorship kindly provided by:

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The February 2015 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of February, 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

Lightning Talks!

As usual we give our February meeting over to lightning talks of no more than 10 minutes in length.

  • Paul Battley: A library for handling postcodes
  • Andrew Donovan: Finding and taking opportunities in the enterprise
  • Paula Kennedy: Microaggression: Impact on Women in IT
  • Mark Longair: Introducing YourNextMP
  • Evgeny Shadchnev: How to help beginners learn to code
  • Alex Sunderland: The weird bits of ruby
  • Pip Taylor: Sorting out Colour
  • Michael Wawra: Tech Evangelism

Bath Ruby Conf tickets giveaway

Team Prime

Bath Ruby Conference 2015

Thanks to the nice folks at Team Prime and Bath Ruby we are able to provide 4 people with free tickets and a £70 allowance (enough to cover return train travel from London). The tickets are available to LRUG members that wouldn't otherwise be able to attend. The deadline to put your name forward for a ticket is midnight on Sunday 8th, February 2014. If more than 4 people request the tickets a draw will be held privately to select the winners. The recipients of the tickets will not be publicly announced, but we'll thank Team Prime and the Bath Ruby Conf organisers at the start of the meeting.

Pub

All those talks are bound to generate some thoughts we'd like to discuss afterwards. So we cross Goswell Road and head down to The Slaughtered Lamb to have those discussions in a more informal setting. If you didn't make it for the talks then do feel free to turn up just for this 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 Jan 29, 2015

January 2015 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

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The January 2015 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of January, 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

Who’s afraid of database views?

Robbie Clutton isn't, that's for sure:

Many Rails codebases I look at work hard to put all logic into the application source code, using the database only a dumb store. But, there are circumstances where it makes sense to leverage features of a database and in this talk I'll cover one of those features in Views. I'll walk through examples of why you might want logic in two places, how views compare to caching for performance considerations, using views as a facade on legacy tables and how to test views alongside your application.

PeerConnect all the things

Tom Cartwright says:

WebRTC is an exciting technology currently in, or coming soon to a browser near you. In this talk I will explain what it is, how it works and how to setup some ruby services to support a WebRTC-based application.

Telling stories through your commits

Joel Chippindale has a story to tell:

In this talk we'll look at some of the ways that you can improve how you develop code and communicate with your team through your commits.

Pub

After the speakers are done it's time for the rest of us to give our vocal chords a workout. We have to leave Skills Matter by 8pm so we head to The Slaughtered Lamb to do so. If you can't make the talks then do feel free to attend this part. There's no need to register for this bit though, so just turn up!

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 Jan 06, 2015

December 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

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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 23, 2014

October 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

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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 latest 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 Sep 30, 2014

September 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

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

Thanks!

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 23, 2014

July 2014 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

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 23, 2014