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November 2011 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter


The November 2011 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 14th 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. 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.


Transformers: Code Blocks In Disguise

Aanand has some Ruby code to show you. It looks a little strange - in fact, it doesn't even look valid. do
  x <- ["first", "second"]
  y <- ["once", "twice"]

  ["#{x} cousin #{y} removed"]

What does it do, and how does it do it? If you know what a macro is, or a continuation, or a monad, you might be able to guess. If not, don't worry - by the end, you'll probably be as confused as everyone else, including the speaker.

My Adventures in Objective-C

Abdel wants to tell us about his experiences of developing an iOS app from a Rubyists perspective:

I have been ducking Objective-C at every turn for a very long time. Who wants to learn a heavily typed static behemoth just to write an iPhone app?!

So, I did what every self respecting programmer would do, throw alternative open solutions aka Javascript frameworks at the problem.

But in the end I had to succumb to the will of the Almighty Apple - I needed their Objective C to make stuff happen … and it wasn't that bad :)

This is all the learning, similarities (of which there are a few) and differences between Objective-C and Ruby.


We aim to finish up around about 8pm, but that's not the end of the evening. After the talks we head on over to The Slaughtered Lamb for some light refreshment and informal chat. If you can't make the first part of the meeting, please do feel free to turn up to this second part.


Skills Matter prefer that you register your attendance with them if you are coming to the meeting. There's plenty of space so you'll get in if you forget, but it is polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but be aware this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attending. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Oct 23, 2011