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2017 Meetings

June 2017 Meeting

Meeting Sponsors

Sponsorship kindly provided by:

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The June 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of June, 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

This Code Sucks — A Story About Nonviolent Programming

Nadia Odunayo says:

Think about something that happened at work recently. How did it make you feel? Why did it make you feel that way?

Chances are you answered those two questions poorly. Our inability to answer such questions effectively leads us to communicate in ways that are negative and unhelpful.

Let’s explore a day in the life of a fictional programmer who, just like us, means well and wants to do a great job. We’ll use our protagonist’s story to learn about how to honestly express our needs and effectively collaborate in disagreement.

Choosing Ruby for a New Startup

Alex McLintock says:

In 2016 I needed to pick the right set of tools for my web based startup, but Ruby on Rails was not my first choice. I will talk about some of the questions I asked myself as a C++/Perl/Java developer and some of the Ruby tools I picked.

3 ways of using React with Rails - pros and cons

Hrishi Mittal says:

A quick look at a few ways of using React with Ruby on Rails. The pros and cons of using React inside Rails with gems or in a separate frontend app with a Rails API.

Food and Drinks

BookingBug

The nice people at BookingBug have arranged to provide us with some pizza and drinks. These will be available before the meeting in the Skills Matter downstairs bar area. BookingBug is one of the UK's (and Europe's) fastest-growing tech companies, and they're proud of their great working culture and the learning & growth opportunities they offer. They're hiring and keen to speak with Ruby on Rails developers looking for their next challenge.

Thanks for supporting us BookingBug!

Afterwards

The talks should be finished by 8pm. After that, you’ve got two main options if you want to keep 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 hosting 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 May 25, 2017

May 2017 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The May 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of May, 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

5 Things I wish my grandfather told me about ActiveRecord and Postgres

Ken Fassone

Common gotchas, how to measure and improve performances when the database is the bottleneck.

A Brief (and incomplete) introduction to Rust (for Rubyists)

David Wickes

Rust! It's the latest flavour of the month. Find out about this friendly low-level language, why rockstar Rubyists like Yehuda Katz and Steve Klabnik like it, and how to embed it in your Ruby code to get a bigger speed boost than those shiny stars in Mariokart.

Do you even declarative?

John Cinnamond

A reflection on some recent tweets about declarative programming by Sarah Mei, and a look at the broader idea of the relationship between mathematics and computing.

Afterwards

The more-structured part of the meeting ends at 8pm, but that doesn't mean your Ruby-related fun needs to end. Amidst the near-infinite sea of possibilities that London offers you, we can recommend winding down the evening and chatting to other LRUG attendees in either of these locations:

  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 hosting 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 Tatiana Stantonian on May 02, 2017

April 2017 Meeting

Meeting Sponsors

Sponsorship kindly provided by:

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The April 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of April, 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

We are a third of the way into the year, and now is the perfect time to spring-clean the cobwebs from your mind palace with three excellent talks from our community:

Mobile Journey at FreeAgent

Ioan Serban

Taking a journey from 2012 to the present, you will find out how FreeAgent ended up with a hybrid App Store solution and the process involved in building & shipping it: our initial Rails-based explorations, the making of a hybrid app, how we structure the codebase, using the Asset Pipeline to compile & deploy a non-Rails app, moving from CoffeeScript to ES6, and whether the Asset Pipeline is a good fit for such an app.

Live Coding

Rosa Fox

A whirlwind exploration of how ’going live’ either online (all the rage on social media!) or in the flesh is being applied to coding.

Practical hypermedia APIs in Ruby

Ismael Celis

Ismael will share their experience building hypermedia APIs in Ruby. What matters, what doesn’t, and what implications the approach might have on the way you design server code, client implementations and documentation.

Ticket Giveaway

FreeAgent

The nice people at FreeAgent have provided 3 tickets for Brighton Ruby conference, a one day, single track, conference for Rubyists in Brighton on the 7th July. The tickets are being raffled off on our mailing list. Thanks FreeAgent!

Afterwards

The more-structured part of the meeting ends at 8pm, but that doesn't mean your Ruby-related fun needs to end. Amidst the near-infinite sea of possibilities that London offers you, we can recommend winding down the evening and chatting to other LRUG attendees in either of these locations:

  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 Mar 21, 2017

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 three 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