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July 2015 Meeting

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The July 2015 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of July, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm).

Host & venue change!

Our usual hosts are unavailable for this meeting. Thankfully Overleaf and Altmetric stepped forward to host us in a venue in their office complex.

This venue has strict 100 person capacity and we require attendees to register in advance (for free). Full venue and registration details are given below.


LEARNING HOW TO LEARN RUBY (and rails, and sinatra, and …)

Sam Joseph says:

At Makers Academy we coach students through the process of learning Ruby, Sinatra, Rails, JavaScript, JQuery and Angular over the course of 12 weeks. Students range in age from 18 to 60, although the majority are in their late 20s or early 30s, already have university degrees (often a humanities subject) and have spent 5+ years in the workplace doing sales, marketing, design, management or some other relatively non-technical role. The majority of students have also had almost no programming experience prior to their preparation for the interview and selection process that they must go through to get on the course. In this talk I will explore what makes a 12 week intensive bootcamp tick, and the particular challenges the students face with learning Ruby and JavaScript.

Flaky tests & Capybara best practices

Karlotcha Hoa says:

One of the main purposes of testing is to enable us to trust the performance of our code in an automated way. Unfortunately, several problems often arise with automated tests. One common and particularly annoying problem that we began experiencing in our codebase was flakiness.

In this talk, I will discuss common problems that may cause this issue, and some solutions we discovered based on our own experience at SimplyBusiness.


The talks will end at 8pm and we'll head to The Fellow shortly after. We've reserved the entire first floor, so if you can't make the talks but want to hang out with some rubyists afterwards, head on over and climb the stairs to say "hi".


Chad Pytel from thoughtbot was kind enough to put some money behind the bar at The Fellow. Thanks to him and thoughtbot for supporting us!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README.


The venue for this meeting is:

The Stables
Trematon Walk
N1 9FN

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And has been provided for us by:




Thanks to both companies!


To secure a place at the meeting you must register via our Eventbrite page or via the embedded ticket widget below. The venue has a capacity of 100 people and we'll have to be strict about registrations. Eventbrite lets you fully manage your ticket, so if you realise you can't go please return the ticket and let someone else attend in your place.

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

Posted by Murray Steele on Jun 21, 2015