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2007 Meetings

December 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of December, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

Rails CMS Roundup

Thomas R Koll has been looking at Rails CMS solutions recently. He's going to present to us a quick review of the current crop of players: Radiant CMS, Mephisto, Goldberg and possibly others. The rest of his talk will focus on how easy it is to integrate existing sites / code into these CMS solutions based on 2 example websites that he'll integrate the CMS's into during the talk.

Slides and extra content are available here.

Ruby 1.9

Ruby 1.9 is scheduled for release around Christmas 2007 and Murray Steele decided to take a look at the development version to see what was new and exciting with this latest version of the language we all know and love. Murray's talk will draw on his findings and explain to us some of these new features and also cover the changes between ruby 1.8 and ruby 1.9.

Slides are available here.

Pub

The Crown Tavern is only a hop, skip and jump away from the Skills Matter offices and we congregate here after the talks for a drink and a chat. If you don't think you can make it for the 6:30 kick-off of the main presentation part of the evening, just come along to the pub for the socialising.

Registration

Please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come. They need us to register so they make sure we get the most appropriately sized room, but they can only accommodate a larger than usual meeting (more than 80 folk) if they get enough notice to book a bigger room, so register now rather than later. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Nov 21, 2007

November 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of November, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

Building a UI framework on top of Rails

Matthew Wilson has been working on an application that has delved further and further into true 'web application' territory, and away (to some extent) from the standard RESTful one-page-per-resource object-graph-browsing application structure favoured by DHH. In order to achieve this he decided that what was needed was a widget-based UI framework that sat atop Rails. As well as showing off the resulting framework, Matthew's talk is going to focus on the experience he had in building an architecture on top of Rails.

Matt has posted some more info about his talk over at the playlouder development blog, and the slides are available from the same place.

Scripting OS X with Ruby

Matt Patterson is going to give us a whistle-stop tour of Apple's Open Scripting Architecture, which is normally hooked into through Applescript. He's then going to tell us how to get to it through Ruby and why we should care. In a final flourish, the talk will be topped off with a practical sample application munging entries in the system address book right before our very eyes.

Slides are available here.

Pub

Once the last question has been asked of our weary speakers we head to The Crown Tavern, a charming little pub located just moments from the Skills Matter office. We're a friendly bunch, so if you don't think you can make it for the talk-based part of the meeting then just pop along to the pub and say "Hi".

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come. This way they can manage seating and make sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Oct 20, 2007

October 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of October, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

resouces_controller

Ian White has developed a rails plugin called resources_controller which he's going to show off to us. It answers the problems that many rails developers have noticed with the new RESTful approach; RESTful controllers are mostly boiler-plate code - repeated over and over.

More about the plugin can be found on Ian's blog and the slides are available at the same place.

Netbeans - The open source Ruby IDE written in coughJavacough

DJ Walker-Morgan was lined up to do a demo of Netbeans as a ruby development platform at the LRUG BoF session at the No Fluff Just Stuff Exchange. Unfortunately, timing constraints meant he didn't get to give it so we've invited him to run it at this month's LRUG meeting instead.

His talk will be heavily demo-based, so he can show off the features that Netbeans provides to the ruby developer. He'll be covering the latest release 6.0 Beta 1 which has a boat-load of new ruby/jruby/rails support.

Slides are available here.

Pub

Post-talks The Crown Tavern, conveniently located just round the corner from the Skills Matter offices, becomes our home for the rest of the evening. There's usually a lot of good discussions here, so if you don't think you can make it for the presentations then just come along to the pub, you're more than welcome.

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come. This way they can manage seating and make sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Sep 28, 2007

September 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of September, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

StaticMatic

Stephen Bartholomew was going to give a talk last month but kindly stepped aside to let Jay Phillips, who was only in the country for a few weeks, do a talk. This month however, there'll be no such chivalry and Stephen is determined to talk to us about his gem StaticMatic and the technologies that it uses.

StaticMatic is a gem for building static websites and it uses the love it or hate it alternate templating language Haml & Sass. The gem is perfect for… well, as Stephen says:

CMS is overrated. A lot of the time, clients want us to do what we do best - well designed pages with structured, accessible and maintainable markup & styling.

CMSs are often sufficient for this, but sometimes they can be restrictive and more cumbersome than just working with good ol' source code. At the same time we want our code to be structured, DRY and flexible.

Slides are available here.

Hpricot, Merb, Net::TOC

Tom Armitage hates crappy websites, more so when he actually wants access to the content they provide. In an effort to save his sanity he's been playing about with some ruby libraries, and he's going to tell us all about it in a talk he's titled "Turning the web on its head: Screen-scraping with Hpricot, DIY-API, and conversational interfaces". He's going to cover:

  • a quick introduction to Hpricot
  • a quicker introduction to Merb
  • a look at the Net::TOC library

Pub

After all this we move on from the Skills Matter office to The Crown Tavern just round the corner. Here we sup from the selection of fine beers and wines on offer and continue the discussions. If you can't make it to the presentations then feel free to come along just for this bit.

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come, so they can manage seating and making sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Aug 27, 2007

August 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of August, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

No theme this month unfortunately, unless you count random Ruby goodness as a theme. No? Ah well, I'll try better for next time.

Ruby2Ruby

Our main speaker for this meeting is Frederik Fix, who has been delving into the dark work of ruby2ruby and ParseTree. This stuff is, in Frederiks own words:

quite advanced and very experimental. But that makes it all the more interesting.

To prove it, he proposes a talk with the following structure:

  • Intro to Abstract Syntax Tree
  • How to get it from ParseTree
  • Examples of how to use the AST
  • Demo of a plugin that using all this to translate Ruby to JavaScript

Now, that does sound interesting, doesn't it?

Adhearsion

Jay Phillips fresh (or massively jet-lagged) from Ruby Hoedown is going to talk to us about Adhearsion. The talk he'll give will be a distilled version of his Hoedown talk, titled Next-Gen VoIP Development with Ruby and Adhearsion. The gist from the Hoedown site is:

Adhearsion's creator Jay Phillips will discuss Ruby's work in VoIP and how even complete telephony novices can powerfully develop their own VoIP system with Asterisk and Adhearsion using pure-Ruby for all application logic. Attendees will see Jay develop a sophisticated Adhearsion application that integrates and handles calls from the public telephone network and integrates with a Rails application. Adding a voice component to a web application is much easier than you think!

StaticMatic

Stephen Bartholomew's talk about StaticMatic has been postponed until next month to make space for our Jay's talk, as Jay is only over for one meeting.

Pub

The Crown Tavern just round the corner from the Skills Matter office is where we'll retire to don smoking jackets, grab our pipes and recline in high backed leather armchairs making extravagant wagers about circumnavigating the globe. If that sounds like your kind of thing, but you can't make the presentations, come along just for this bit.

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come, so they can manage seating and making sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jul 23, 2007

July 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of July, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

It's a testing spectacular this month, with both talks focusing on testing methodologies and the libraries that make sticking to those methodologies easier.

Mocking

First up we have James Mead with a talk called "An Introduction To Mocking In Ruby". This talk will explain what mocking is and why you might want to use it in your tests. James is the author of Mocha, a mocking library for ruby, and this talk will also cover how to get started with mocking in Mocha.

Slides and extra mocha info can be found on James' blog.

RSpec

After much demand for a talk about RSpec from LRUG members, Tom Stuart stepped up to the bat. His talk, titled "RSpec On Rails" will do exactly what it says on the tin; explain RSpec and how to use it with Rails instead of the default Test::Unit tests.

Slides and some extra examples are available from Tom's blog.

Pub

After all this we'll head to The Crown Tavern just round the corner from the Skills Matter office to test (sorry) their beers. Attendance of the main meeting is not a pre-requisite of coming to the pub, so if you can't make the main meeting it's ok to just turn up for the pub.

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come, so they can manage seating and making sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jun 20, 2007

June 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of June, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

A video of the evening, filmed by Skills Matter, is available on Google Video.

Code Kata's

Tom Armitage is going to run us through a few Code Katas (actually, don't look at that link, it'll likely spoil the evening for you). There are more details to come about how the evening will be run, so watch this space.

OpenID

Postponed from last month's meeting, Dan Webb takes us on a whirlwind tour of OpenID and how to implement it in your Ruby or Rails application.

Pub

We'll be sloping off to The Crown Tavern just round the corner from the Skills Matter office after the official meeting to continue the fun. If you can't make it to the main meeting, you are more than welcome to pop along for the beers.

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come, so they can manage seating and making sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jun 04, 2007

May 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 14th of May, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

A video of the meeting, filmed by Skills Matter, is available on Google Video.

OpenID

Dan's had to postpone this till another meeting in the future, we're looking for something else. Stay tuned for updates.

Dan Webb is going to give a talk about OpenID. Based on this thread from the mailing list, he's probably going to cover a bit about OpenID and then delve into specifics of how to implement it in your Rails app. However, if there's something about OpenID and ruby or rails that you want to hear, then get on the mailing list and ask.

Distributed Processing Using Ruby on Rails

Martin Sadler jumped in at the last minute to explain how to do distributed processing in your Rails applications. The presentation will be mostly based around the great work that Martin's been doing for the Working With Rails website.

Slides area available here.

Code Review

We still have a bunch of code left over from the March meeting so we're going to go over another bit of the code. We'll post the piece of code to the mailing list before hand so that people aren't seeing it for the first time during the meeting.

We did say we'd try to make these more regular, so if you have some code you would like us to go over, either because you think it needs some help, or maybe it uses some quirky bit of ruby-fu and you think other people could learn from it, then let us know.

Mentoring

There's been a lot of talk on the mailing list about having some kind of beginners session. Unfortunately we've not come to any kind of conclusion as to what that might be, mostly because everyone wants different things. Not to be dissuaded from helping out the "beginners" we're going to match up mentors and mentorees and give them some time at the end of the meeting to discuss amongst themselves how they want to do stuff.

If you would like to be mentored, or would like to help the community by mentoring someone, then either get on the mailing list and let us know, or contact Peter Jones who has been compiling a list of mentors and mentorees.

Pub

As usual, we'll retreat to the comforts of The Crown Tavern just round the corner from Skills Matter for a few beers and discussion after the event. If you can't make the main meeting, maybe you can come along for the beers.

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come, so they can manage seating and making sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on May 06, 2007

April 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The next meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 16th of April, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St..

Agenda

A video of the meeting, filmed by Skills Matter, is available on Google Video.

Tabnav

First up, Paolo Donà will be giving his talk about the TabNav plugin that he missed from our February meeting due to his being ill. You can read more about this talk on the February meeting page.

REST Discussion

Following that we'll have a REST discussion, chaired by Jonathan Leighton, about the new RESTful features that Rails 1.2 brings us. There were two long threads on the LRUG mailing list that sparked this off, so you should read them for an idea of what we might cover.

Misc.

If we have enough time, we may do another installment of code-review at some point in the evening. At our last meeting we didn't get round to covering all the code, and people seemed really positive about making this a regular feature. We'll try to post the code we're going to cover onto the mailing list before hand, so we can get straight to the reviewing without having to explain it first.

Registration

As usual, please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to come, so they can manage seating and making sure we get the most appropriately sized room. There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring.

Posted by Murray Steele on Apr 04, 2007

March 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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Our next will be on March 12th, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St.

As part of Monday's meeting Tom Ward is going to help lead a code review. We'll look at some sections of ruby, and open the floor for comments, questions and constructive criticism. Hopefully it will get everyone thinking, and help share knowledge across the group. For it to work though, what we need is code!

Here are some examples of things we're looking for:

  • Ruby Newbie code. Maybe we can help make it more idiomatic
  • Ruby patterns you use every day. Share them with the group
  • Code you know smells bad, but just can't put your finger on why. Let us help!
  • Code you're sure is the best ever. Let us tear it apart!
  • Any hints/tips/shortcuts
  • Anything else you think would be good to discuss

So, if you've got some code you'd like to subject to our collective wisdom, send it to Tom Ward as soon as you can. He'll try and run it like Question time, collating the submissions and pacing them so we don't just spend 60 minutes moaning about bits of rails.

Let's make the first LRUG with crowd-sourced content a success!

As usual please register with Skills Matter if you are planning to turn up so they have a handle on numbers for seating etc… You can also track it via upcoming if you're into the whole-webcal thing.

Posted by Tom Ward on Feb 19, 2007

February 2007 Meeting

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Skills Matter

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Our next meeting will be on the 12th of February from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and see us return to our usual Skills Matter venue at 1 Sekforde St.

Agenda

Saving The World With Rails

We've got Richard Livsey lined up to tell us how he's been Saving The World With Rails

Richard will discuss his experience with Ruby and Rails and what he has found whilst developing a suite of applications to prepare for and respond to disasters. Specifically, he will look at how Ruby helped him and CitySafe rapidly prototype an application to model liquid gas spills, some of the plug-ins they have developed. He will also touch upon building RESTful applications in Rails.

TabNav

Unfortunately Paolo was unable to make it for this meeting due to illness, however, he did make it for the April meeting instead.

As a warm up to Richard's talk we've got Paolo Donà, over from Padova in Italy, asking us Do we really need a plugin for tabbed navigation?

Paolo will show us the tabnav plugin, and discuss its implementation. This plugin raises a few questions on how we deal with view components. Is it ok to have configurable and ready-to-use widgets instead of rails helpers? How should those widgets be configured? Is it ok to write a specific DSL for each widget? This presentation raises many questions, and Paolo will give us his point of view and try to stimulate a discussion around it.

Pub

Of course as usual we'll decamp to the pub round the corner afterwards for a beer or two.

If you're coming, make sure to register with Skills Matter on their registration page so they have a handle on numbers. For calendaring fans there's an upcoming event too. You'll still need to register with Skills Matter even if you say you are attending on upcoming, because there's nothing more fun than telling the internet something twice.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 24, 2007

January 2007 Pub-Quiz Meeting

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Skills Matter

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The January 20007 meeting is going to depart from the normal presentation format and we're going to have a pub quiz instead. We'll do the usual 'what's been going on in the London Ruby community round-up' before quizzing. So if anyone managed to pull themselves away from crying into their turkey over 'The Snowman' and get some exciting new projects off the ground then this'll be the time to let us know!

Date and time will be as usual; 2nd Monday of the month (8th of January, 2007), with kick-off at around 6:30pm for the London Ruby community round-up, with the quiz starting at about 7:00. The location is The Old Crown on New Oxford Street.

We'll be in the 2nd floor function room at The Old Crown. There will be a bar menu available all night, providing tapas style snacks.

The quiz format will be as follows:

  • Round 1: London
  • Round 2: Ruby (community and history)
  • Round 3: Users (famous folk)
  • Round 4: Group (music)
  • Round 5: a picture round

Each round will have 10 questions, but there'll be bonus points available as and when I see fit.

Teams should be of 4 or less (we may change this on the night depending on numbers), and there'll be a prize for best team name.

The prizes are a selection of Ruby books kindly donated by O'Reilly and Addison-Wesley, plus other bits and bobs donated by LRUG members.

I've created an upcoming event, so you can register interest and keep an eye on the details, in case they change. Alternatively join our mailing list where we'll no doubt be discussing it.

Posted by Murray Steele on Dec 07, 2006