2006 Meetings

November 2006 Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday November 13, 6:30-8pm. We've got two great speakers lined up.


Ten Things I Hate About Rails

Paul Battley will be sharing Ten things I hate about Rails - insights he's gained from poking into Ruby on Rails' soft underbelly. He'll also present brief highlights from Euruko 2006, the European Ruby Conference.

Slides and more information about the talk are available on Paul's blog.

Bad Things With Capistrano

Tom Ward will encourage us to Do Bad Things with Capistrano, telling us what Capistrano is, what it does and how its usefulness is limited in no way to deployment of Rails apps. He'll also show a couple of the very bad things he's done with it.


We'll kick off with a quick review of activity of interest to the Ruby community - including brief impressions from Rob McKinnon's first virtual attendence at a Rubyists of Second Life Meeting.


Please register to attend at our LRUG page on the Skills Matter site for location details. As usual we'll be heading to the pub after the meeting.

Posted by Rob McKinnon on Oct 23, 2006

October 2006 Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday October 9, 6:30-8pm.


Robert Brook and Damien Tanner will both be presenting on different aspects of Domain Specific Languages (DSL).

  • Robert will talk about what you (and he) might want DSLs for.
  • Damien will cover the practical aspects of DSLs in Ruby and share his recent experiences developing a simple DSL to define business logic in an ecommerce application. (Slides and example code have been made available here.)


For location details please register to attend at our LRUG page on the Skills Matter site.

Posted by Rob McKinnon on Sep 22, 2006

LRUG RailsConf Party

With the generous help of Skillsmatter, we've arranged a party for Thursday 14th September, to tie in with RailsConf. It's at a bar called Sequoia @ Ruby Lo, at 23 Orchard Street W1 [Map] (near Selfridges, nearest tube: Bond Street).

It all starts at 9pm and the first 100 drinks are free (courtesy of Skillsmatter), so whether you're attending the conference or not, come down and join us. Free entry before 10pm, £5 after.

Posted by Tom Ward on Sep 08, 2006

September 2006

Last night Alex Bradbury gave a great presentation on ARIEL, A Ruby Information Extraction Library. All agreed that Alex is doing very impressive work. Some LRUGers are already planning to try out ARIEL for data parsing in various projects. Thanks for coming to speak Alex!

We've added a new announcement segment to the meeting. It's a chance for everyone to share releases, news and events with the group. Here's a summary of last night's announcements and pub chat:

Recent Releases by the London crew

UJS Rails Plugin 0.3.1

by Luke Redpath and Dan Webb Unobtrusive Javascript for Ruby On Rails makes it easy to apply javascript behaviour to your page unobtrusively.

Rails Engines updated for Rails 1.1.6

by James Adam Engines are enhanced plugins - use them to share code amongst your own applications.

Mocha 0.3 released with Rails plugin (blog post)

by James Mead A library for mocking and stubbing within a TestCase.

Events of Interest

Join upcoming.org to keep up with the latest events:

London 2.0 RC 7, Tonight Sep 5

Selenium author Jason Huggins speaking

Pizza on Rails, Wed Sep 13

RailsConf Europe, Thu-Fri Sep 14-15

Pub Standards X Evening, Thu Sep 14

London Microformats vEvent, Sat Sep 30

Euruko 2006, Sat-Sun Nov 4-5

The European Ruby Conference, held in Munich


Structured releasing of Rails Plugins

James Adam and Luke Redpath have a project under way to standardize the Rails plugin release process. The Rails core team have recently given the project their approval.

mySociety on Rails

Louise Crow introduced Ruby on Rails to the mySociety team in February. She created a voting application to help the mySociety volunteers democratically choose a day for meetings.

New contact person at SkillsMatter

Joanna Go is our new contact person at SkillsMatter. Thanks once again to SkillsMatter for providing a venue for our meetings. :)

Posted by James Adam on Sep 05, 2006