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April 2010 Meeting

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Skills Matter


The April meeting will be on Wednesday the 14th 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. It’s a great space with plenty of room for the group, but you still need to register to let Skills Matter know you are coming.


What every computer programmer should know about time

Sean O'Halpin says:

I’ve been putting some notes together on time similar in spirit (if not in detail) to “What every computer programmer should know about floating-point arithmetic” ranging from localtime vs UTC, hardware clocks and NTP, how to do accurate timers in Javascript, calendars, date arithmetic, comparisons and gotchas, to Lamport/vector clocks (the new black in the ‘eventually consistent’ world of nosql).

A video of Sean’s talk is available on the Skills Matter site.


Seth Edwards, one of the committers to the C# driver for MongoDB (and who plays with the ruby driver in his spare time) is in town and in has volunteered to give us a talk on MongoDB. He’ll cover the use-cases for why we might want to use MongoDB in our apps and also give examples of using the ruby driver.

A video of Seth’s talk is available on the Skills Matter site.

“Analogue Blog”

As usual we’ll have 10-15 minutes at the start of the meeting for anyone to fill up with something they think might be of interest to the group. It’s really up to you what you say: announce a gem you’ve written, ask for help on a project, say you are interested in talking to someone in the pub after wards who knows about a particular gem, or even just say hi. the only rule is to keep it short as there’ll be others who want to say something and we don’t want to eat into the time for the scheduled talks.


When the talks are finished, we make the short walk over to The Slaughtered Lamb to continue the evening in a more informal setting. The talks tend to finish around about 8pm so if you find that you can’t make it to the meeting but still fancy some Ruby chat, head along for just the pub bit. Maybe you can score us a table?


Skills Matter prefer that you register your attendance with them if you are planning to come to the meeting. You won’t be turned away at the door if you haven’t registered (unless we’re really full), but it’s useful for fire regulations and to help them arrange the room properly. Finally, it’s simply just polite, and well, MINASWAN, so please do register.

There’s also an upcoming event for those of us that love online calendaring, but this is not a place to indicate attendance in a meaningful way for Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Friday, March 19, 2010