October 2022 Meeting

The October 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of October, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

👪 in person meeting alert 👪

September was a success, and we have a willing venue host, so we're having another in person event. This time we're being hosted by the lovely folk at Cleo in their offices, on Shoreditch High St. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

How to be completely ignorant

Paul Battley says:

How much does a bit of code need to know to do its job? I'll show how I transformed a bit of complicated, untested, flaky, and poorly understood code into something pleasant to deal with and easy to test by applying the principle of making it know as little as possible.

Afterwards

After the talks we'll avoid outstaying our welcome with our hosts and move on to a local pub to grab some food and drinks and to talk over what we've heard from our speakers.

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, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Hopefully you all remember that physical meetings involve finite space and so to be guaranteed entry you need to register via eventbrite.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Cleo
Unit 2.10, 2nd Floor
Tea Building
56 Shoreditch High St.
London
E1 6JJ

See on a map

The venue has a hard limit of 60 people. If you register and realise you can't come, please use eventbrite to give up your place so we can someone else come in your place. We might be able to let in people on the night who haven't registered, but we can't guarantee it.

Posted by Murray Steele on Sep 18, 2022

September 2022 Meeting

The September 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of September, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

👪 in person meeting alert 👪

For the first time since March 2020 we're having an in person event. The lovely folk at Funding Circle are hosting us in their offices, on Queen Victoria St. Full venue and registration details are given below.

Agenda

How music works, using Ruby

Thijs Cadier says:

That strange phenomenon where air molecules bounce against each other in a way that somehow comforts you, makes you cry, or makes you dance all night: music. Since the advent of recorded audio, a musician doesn't even need to be present anymore for this to happen (which makes putting "I will always love you" on repeat a little less awkward).

Musicians and sound engineers have found many ways of creating music, and making music sound good when played from a record. Some of their methods have become industry staples used on every recording released today.

Let's look at what they do and reproduce some of their methods in Ruby!

  1. LRUG September 2022 - Thijs Cadier - How Music Works, Using Ruby

Building a Mortgage Lender at Generation Home

André Barbosa says:

It’s not often that you hear about a startup doings things differently in the mortgages world. And there’s some good reasons for it, the cost of entry is super high!

It’s not just funding and regulations either. You also need to back it up with the right technology and tools to manage a highly complex business where mistakes can be very costly. On top of that, startups need to move fast to out-innovate the incumbents with only a fraction of the resources.

At Generation Home Ruby has been a catalyst to help us deliver a product we’re proud of in a short time-scale. We’ll talk about some of the challenges we faced early on, how Ruby, Rails and the whole ecosystem helped us deliver and what still lays ahead of us.

  1. LRUG September 2022 - André Barbosa - Building a Mortgage Lender at Generation Home

Fixing flaky tests, using RSpec's --seed option

Shen Sat says:

Fixing a flaky test in the build pipeline of your application often requires first replicating the failing test locally. I'm going to show you how I used RSpec's --seed to help me do this for a flaky test I was recently grappling with, and how it led led me to a fix ✨

  1. LRUG September 2022 - Shen Sat - Fixing Flaky Tests Using RSpec's –seed Option

Afterwards

When the talks come to an end we'll decamp to a local pub for some food, some drinks and some chat with your fellow attendees. We'll post details of the pub shortly, once Funding Circle tell us which is the best one to go to!

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, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Hopefully you all remember that physical meetings involve finite space and so to be guaranteed entry you need to register via eventbrite.

Venue

The address of the venue:

Funding Circle
71 Queen Victoria St
London
EC4V 4AY

See on a map

The venue has a hard limit of 75 people. If you register and realise you can't come, please use eventbrite to give up your place so we can someone else come in your place. We might be able to let in people on the night who haven't registered, but we can't guarantee it.

Posted by Murray Steele on Aug 18, 2022

August 2022 Meeting

The August 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of August, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

Low overhead Ruby profiling and tracing with rbperf

Javier Honduvilla Coto says:

Understanding our applications' performance can be tricky. Some of the readily available performance tools introduce a big overhead which makes them not suitable for use in production environments, where in many cases, it's the best place to troubleshoot performance issues.

rbperf is a low-overhead on-CPU profiler and tracer that is suitable for usage in production environments. It doesn't require the application under investigation to be restarted or disturbed in any way.

We will discuss some of the tradeoffs in its design, its architecture, the features that make it unique, as well as its limitations compared to other tools. We will also take a look at how the Ruby stack is laid out in memory and the role BPF plays in rbperf.

  1. LRUG August 2022 - Javier Honduvilla Coto - Low overhead Ruby profiling and tracing with rbperf

Afterwards

When the talks come to an end we can't quite replicate the convivial atmosphere of hanging out in a local pub with your fellow attendees, but we do leave the zoom call running to let those interested chat for a while. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Paolo Fabbri on Aug 02, 2022

July 2022 Meeting

The July 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of July, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

Building a Mortgage Lender at Generation Home

André Barbosa says:

It’s not often that you hear about a startup doings things differently in the mortgages world. And there’s some good reasons for it, the cost of entry is super high!

It’s not just funding and regulations either. You also need to back it up with the right technology and tools to manage a highly complex business where mistakes can be very costly. On top of that, startups need to move fast to out-innovate the incumbents with only a fraction of the resources.

At Generation Home Ruby has been a catalyst to help us deliver a product we’re proud of in a short time-scale. We’ll talk about some of the challenges we faced early on, how Ruby, Rails and the whole ecosystem helped us deliver and what still lays ahead of us.

Afterwards

When the talks come to an end we can't quite replicate the convivial atmosphere of hanging out in a local pub with your fellow attendees, but we do leave the zoom call running to let those interested chat for a while. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Chris Lowis on Jul 04, 2022

June 2022 Meeting

The June 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of June, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

Get your PRs merged, rebasing like a Pro

Daniel Magliola says:

You have a complex PR to submit. You've tried to keep it small, but sadly you need to make many different changes all at once. Getting there took a lot of effort and your branch has more than 30 commits with fixes and reverting of dead ends.

You know reviewing this will be a nightmare for your colleagues, and more importantly, it will be almost impossible for someone in the future to understand what happened if they ever look at the history.

In this talk we will look at how Git branches work, and how to manicure them using Rebase to build a commit history your colleagues will love you for.

  1. LRUG June 2022 - Daniel Magliola - Get your PRs merged, rebasing like a Pro

The messy middle – 5 Software Engineering lessons from a 5 years startup journey

Alfredo Motta says:

These are some of the lessons that I have learned over my 5 years at a Fintech startup that went from 0 to 100k customers and grew the team from 4 to 50 people. I will present some of the software architecture tradeoffs I have been presented with and I am still puzzled about today.

  1. LRUG June 2022 - Alfredo Motta - The Messy Middle - 5 software engineering lessons from a 5 year startup journey

Afterwards

When the talks come to an end we can't quite replicate the convivial atmosphere of hanging out in a local pub with your fellow attendees, but we do leave the zoom call running to let those interested chat for a while. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Frederick Cheung on May 15, 2022

May 2022 Meeting

The May 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of May, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

Mining a gem: how to safely discover, extract and share useful code from your Rails app

Duncan Brown says:

We recently extracted a gem for talking to Google BigQuery from 5 different Rails applications at the Department for Education I'll talk through the process of pulling the code out, how to test gems that work with Rails, figuring out how to deal with divergence among existing implementations of the same functionality, and how we're driving adoption of internal open source at DfE.

  1. LRUG May 2022 - Duncan Brown - Mining a gem: how to safely discover, extract and share useful code from your Rails app

GOV.UK’s response to COVID-19

Leena Gupte and Rosa Fox say:

Leena and Rosa have been Senior Developers/Tech Leads on the GOV.UK Coronavirus team. The team’s work began in March 2020 when a service they built over a weekend had nearly 50,000 registrations on the day it launched. Two years later, after building lots more services (using Ruby… of course) and serving millions of users, the GOV.UK Coronavirus team finally disbanded.

Rosa and Leena will take LRUG through a timeline of GOV.UK’s response to the pandemic. We will discuss what we delivered, our successes, failures and how the team supported each other to cope. We will share how Ruby/Rails and tools such as the GOV.UK Design System enabled us to build and deploy critical services at pace.

Afterwards

When the talks come to an end we can't quite replicate the convivial atmosphere of hanging out in a local pub with your fellow attendees, but we do leave the zoom call running to let those interested chat for a while. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Murray Steele on Apr 22, 2022

April 2022 Meeting

The April 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of April, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

Using React in a Ruby Project to Dynamically Generate PDF Documents

Panos Matsinopoulos says:

In the Ruby world, we traditionally address the PDF generation problem using gems like Prawn and PDFKit or libraries like whtmltopdf.

Recently, in one of our Ruby on Rails projects in which we wanted to generate PDF documents for invoices, we decided to use another programming language and technology: React and AWS Lambda.

In this talk, we will be covering how we did it, what were the challenges and what pros and cons over the incumbent tools for Ruby.

  1. LRUG April 2022 - Panos Matsinopoulos - Using React in a Ruby Project to Dynamically Generate PDF Documents 1

A parse parse pitch: using JSON and custom parsers to create efficient flexible data structures.

Winston Ferguson says:

JSON and custom parsers let you do neat things like: complex pricing, map data to 3D models, auto generate images…

  1. LRUG April 2022 - Winston Ferguson - A parse parse pitch: using JSON and custom parsers to create efficient flexible data structures

Afterwards

After the formal part of the meeting, if you want to keep on LRUGging a handful of us usually stay on the zoom call for a bit of a chat. It's not quite the same as hanging out together IRL, but it's better than nothing while things remain pandemic-y. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Paolo Fabbri on Apr 04, 2022

March 2022 Meeting

The March 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 14th of March, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

Running full builds after merging? 🥱: Ship faster with git tree based caching

Christian Gregg says:

Fast deploy pipelines are an important facet of a fast moving engineering team; allowing you to ship smaller, safer units of value to production, faster, and more often.

In this talk we'll be covering how using git tree objects can allow you to run CI less or potentially not at all (in a not scary manner :) after merging your changes into your default branch, allowing you to get straight to deploying! 🚂

In cases where your team can precompile deployment artefacts your changes could make it into production in under 60s. If your team uses Heroku or Buildpacks to deploy your code, I'll point you to some tricks to help you do just that by detaching building and releasing your application to production!

  1. LRUG March 2022 - Christian Gregg - Running full builds after merging? 🥱: Ship faster with git tree based caching
  2. 🚢 Ship faster with git-tree based caching

The Browser Environment - A Systems Programmer's Perspective

Eleanor McHugh says:

A quirky introduction to writing realtime web systems with Sinatra as the backend. The highlight will be WebSockets but there'll also be coverage of DOM manipulation, AJAX/fetch, and timer events.

  1. LRUG March 2022 - Eleanor McHugh - The Browser Environment A System Programmer's perspective

Afterwards

After the formal part of the meeting, if you want to keep on LRUGging a handful of us usually stay on the zoom call for a bit of a chat. It's not quite the same as hanging out together IRL, but it's better than nothing while things remain pandemic-y. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Murray Steele on Mar 06, 2022

February 2022 Meeting

The February 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 21st of February, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm).

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

It's our annual ⚡️lightning⚡️ talks event. All short talks, all the time.

Javascript in Rails: A New Hope

Frederick Cheung:

Tired of slow webpack builds and daunting configuration files? Find out how the new css-bundling and js-bundling gems can roll back the years and make javascript in rails fast and simple again.

  1. LRUG February 2022 - Frederick Cheung - Javascript in Rails A New Hope

Getting past enemy images

Pablo Dejuan:

Enemy images hinder our communication with people when we need them the most: to agree with another colleague over a code review, to interview a third party, to have an important conversation with our boss or direct report (technical or non-technical topic). In this talk we will raise awareness and cover one way of overcoming the initial enemy image to get a better outcome for us and our team.

  1. LRUG February 2022 - Pablo Dejuan - Getting past enemy images

The tale of the 60+ second page loads

Jared Turner:

A monstrous mystery and a head-scratching hunt. Follow along to discover why, just why, is that darn page so slow!?

  1. The tale of the 60+ second page loads
  2. LRUG February 2022 - Jared Turner - The tale of the 60+ second page loads

solargraph-dead_end

Fritz Meissner:

The awesome dead_end gem gives really good feedback on where that elusive missing end keyword is hiding in your Ruby file. At a thoughtbot hackathon a few of us worked on a solargraph plugin for it so you can get this feedback in your editor. Come hear about the results!

  1. LRUG February 2022 - Fritz Meissner - solargraph-dead_end

Introducing ViewComponent

Simon Fish

The view layer is the Wild West of Rails. Let's look at how ViewComponent helps you break down and test your Rails views.

  1. LRUG February 2022 - Simon Fish - Introducing ViewComponent

A Little Pessimism Never Killed Nobody

Marija Mandić

Come join and hear my experience on a real life example of concurrency problem and different approaches to fixing it.

  1. LRUG February 2022 - Marija Mandić - A Little Pessimism Never Killed Nobody

Metaprogramming I Do In My Side Projects That My Colleagues Won't Let Me Do In The Real App At Work :-(

PJ

Metaprogramming is fun but, more importantly, makes you feel really clever. However, it's not always the best fit for codebases with multiple contributors. Let's take a few minutes to explore some neat tricks you can do when you don't need to worry about other people understanding your code 😀

  1. LRUG February 2022 - PJ - Metaprogramming I Do In My Side Projects That My Colleagues Won't Let Me Do In The Real App At Work :-(

How to think about Learning

Hywel Carver

Why do we learn? How do we learn? How do we learn well? 3 mental models that will answer the first 3 of those questions and change how you think

  1. LRUG February 2022 - Hywel Carver - How to think about Learning

iPad giveaway

Cleo

The kind people at Cleo, a fintech chatbot fighting for the world's financial health, have kindly offered to sponsor the meeting to the tune of a couple of iPads. Everyone that attends the meeting will be entered into a prize draw to win one of these iPads and the winning names will be drawn from a hat*.

Cleo are currently hiring so check out their careers site, or apply directly for their two open roles for backend ruby engineers and senior backend ruby engineers.

Thanks Cleo!

* We may not use an actual hat.

Afterwards

The best we can do at the moment is promise that a few of us will hang out on the zoom call after all the talks are done to blather on for a bit. It's a poor substitute for actually meeting up in person, but we'll persevere with it. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Frederick Cheung on Jan 13, 2022

January 2022 Meeting

The January 2022 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of January, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm). Still online.

Full registration details are given below, note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, so please do make sure you do it.

Agenda

This month, we have decided to offer something different: a pub quiz about Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and more.

LRUG Pub quiz

Are you proud of your knowledge of Ruby and Ruby on Rails? Invite your friends, and win bragging rights. Or simply invite them and enjoy spending time with them.

The quiz will have 4 categories, and each category will have between 20 and 30 questions. The 4 categories are:

  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • General computing
  • London

Afterwards

It's been nearly 2 years of this and we still haven't worked out a good replacement for hanging out in the pub after the meeting. That said we leave the zoom call running for a little while after the talks for folk to chat. We encourage the speakers to hang around too if they can, so you can ask them questions you weren't able to during the meeting, or that you felt were too niche to share with the wider group. If you've got any ideas for something better, then please do let us know at organisers@lrug.org. Thanks!

Registration

Prior to attending you must familiarise yourself with our README paying particular attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we float on screens like so many tiny programming postage stamps.

Secure your place

Our Zoom meetings are artificially constrained by our miserly purses, so you need to register via eventbrite to secure a place. We only send the link to the zoom meeting to people who have registered. It goes out around about 6pm on the day of the meeting, so keep an eye out for it and check your spam just in case.

Give yourself a head-start by downloading the zoom client (lol, as if you don't already have it).

Posted by Alessandro Proserpio on Dec 24, 2021