May 2019 Meeting
The May 2019 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 20th of May, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (meeting 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.
Getting the next generation into coding
In the last few years, I've been involved in teaching coding to people from several walks of life, including children. In this talk, I'll share my thoughts and experiences on teaching children to code.
Mathematics can make you a better person. Well, not really. It can, however, help you think about programming. This talk provides a very quick introduction to a branch of mathematics called 'general algebra' and looks at how it can apply to programming. We then take a real world programming challenge and solve it algebraically, then convert that algebraic solution into working code. By the end you'll be left feeling confused, perhaps a little angry, almost certainly a little bored. But without even noticing anything has changed you'll soon start to look at difficult software problems and see past the superficial complexity to get a better understanding of the underlying structures at play. And you'll be a better person for it.
Writing more elegant queries with ActiveRecord
So often, the biggest bottleneck to scaling is the database. It's also one of the areas where a little engineering effort goes a long way. This talk exists because I think it is very rewarding to write queries with ActiveRecord that are easily readable and able to scale. We'll walk through some real world examples of refactoring some mingin' ActiveRecord queries, learn optimisation techniques you can put to work right away, and build a deeper knowledge of relational databases.
All these talks will take us to around about 8pm, after which we have two choices for socialising with your fellow LRUG attendees:
- Code Node. Skills Matter run a 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.
- 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 you can't attend the talks we'd still be very happy to see you at this part of the meeting. Do come along!
The address of the venue:
Skills Matter CodeNode
10 South Place
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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 May 02, 2019