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2017 Meetings

March 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The March 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of March, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

After the flurry of February's traditional lightning talks, we're back to the regular format, with two talks for your enjoyment:

Action Cable vs. MessageBus - Live updates tailored for Rails

Michal Horčic

Comparison between Action Cable and MessageBus for live updates in Rails application. Introduction to both solutions, basic implementation and benchmarks.

The story of the not-so dark magic of application preloading

Philipp Fehre

Many of us use application pre-loaders like zeus or spring, but how do they actually work? Lets step through what is actually going on by the example of zeus.

Dependency Injection with Little Boxes

Manuel Morales

A brief description of the benefits of dependency injection and how to gain them with Little Boxes.

Afterwards

We aim to finish up the talks and formal part of the meeting by 8pm, but that doesn't mean you have to go home. Why not celebrate our headlong rush towards the vernal equinox by selecting one of two very fine options for winding down the evening and chatting to other LRUG attendees:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosing on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by James Adam on Feb 23, 2017

February 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The February 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of February, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

As is traditional, our February meeting consists entirely of lightning talks of no more than 10 minutes. This year we have:

A way to think about bugs

Amy Phillips says:

Bugs. Bugs reports. Jira. Dirty, dirty words. Or are they? In this alternative view of bugs we'll see how bug reports can be turned into something positive for developers and development teams. Treated right a bug report can be a powerful trigger for changing technology, process, and even yourself.

Doing bad things in Postgres for fun and profit

Ryan MacGillivray says:

A brief glimpse at the unwise things you can do with the Postgres array datatype.

A (Pointed) Guide to Beer

Kaitlyn Tierney says:

There are hundreds of beer styles from all over the world. This very brief introduction to beer will enumerate a few of them: how they’re made, what they taste like, and when to drink them.

Logstash: JRuby and Java at Elastic

Guy Boertje says:

I will talk for a bit about what it is like to develop Logstash, a data ingestion application, part of the open source Elastic Stack. At 12+ million downloads and tens of thousands of daily users, Logstash is very popular. We manage/code 160+ Github repos.

Small Steps to Finding Your Dream Job

Lola Odelola says:

A few tips on how to find a job you'll love

Base WTF

Paul Battley says:

If you've done much programming, you've probably worked with binary, hexadecimal, and perhaps octal in addition to normal decimal numbers. But what about base three? And what about base three with a twist, where each digit can be positive or negative? Why would you even want to do that? It really exists, it's called Balanced Ternary, and it has some interesting properties.

My Live Coding Adventure

Rosa Fox says:
An experiment to see if live coding can make me a better developer.

Rosa has had to cancel due to illness, we hope to reschedule her talk for a later meeting.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes: Avoiding mutable state in Ruby and why you might want to.

Tom Wey says:

A few examples and techniques for avoiding mutable state in Ruby, and how this might make your code clearer and easier to test. Slightly inspired by getting more into functional programming languages.

Afterwards

We aim to finish up the talks and formal part of the meeting by 8pm, but that doesn't mean you have to go home. There's bound to be something to talk about after all those talks and we have two options for winding down the evening and chatting to other LRUG attendees:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosing on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Tom Stuart on Jan 23, 2017

January 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The first LRUG meeting of 2017 will be on Monday the 9th of January, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (talks start at 6:30pm). The venue, Code Node between Moorgate and Liverpool St. stations, is provided by Skills Matter. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

A developer's misadventures in business

Najaf Ali says:

I am a developer who started a web application development consultancy. This talk is about the story of the business so far, some business basics I had to learn for the business to survive, and things you can do to better understand business, whether or not you intend to start one yourself.

A guide to connascence

Tom Cartwright says:

Connascence is a useful software quality metric that helps you identify the types and strengths of coupling within a system. I will show you how to assess connascence and I'll suggest how using the metric can help you improve the quality of your code.

Afterwards

We aim to finish up the talks and formal part of the meeting by 8pm, but that doesn't mean you have to go home. Even if you are observing a January detox you can still choose to hang out with other attendees at one of the following venues:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash bar with a choice of drinks (hard and soft) available. As well as other LRUG members you can network with attendees of the other meetups that Skills Matter are hosing on the same night.
  2. The Singer Tavern. This bar is a short walk north from Code Node (you can find it at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG). This pub has a decent food menu on offer as well as a selection of drinks and other LRUG attendees to help you while the evening away.

Regardless of what you choose to do, please remember that this part of the meeting is still covered by our code of conduct even though it does seem more informal.

If for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

Venue & Registration  

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
London
EC2M 2RB

See on a map

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 good manners, so please do register with Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Dec 27, 2016