2012 Meetings

December 2012 Meeting

The December 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of December, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Going Native

Frederick Cheung will talk to us about FFI:

We all love ruby, but sometimes ruby is not enough. Whether it be a performance bottleneck, a killer library written in C or some platform specific functionality you just have to have, sometimes you need to drop down a level.

There have been many talks that show how to take the first steps in writing a ruby C extension. This isn't one of them. I propose instead to give an overview of different ways of extending ruby and show what each approach brings to the table. I intend to cover 'classic' C extensions, RubyInline and FFI across a range of ruby implementations.

  1. Code examples
  2. Going Native (pdf slides)
  3. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Going Native

My tests run faster than your tests

Joel Chippindale says his talk will be:

An introduction to Zeus and the approach it takes for making rails tests run lightning fast.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Hermes, add wings to Ruby and Javascript development

Hermes, add wings to Ruby and Javascript development

Claudio Ortolina is going to tell us about:

Hermes: A Vim/Tmux development environment to easily work with Ruby and Javascript.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : My tests run faster than your tests

Pub

Even with 3 talks to cover, we'll still aim to finish by 8pm and head over to The Slaughtered Lamb for some drinks. If you're unable to make it for the talks, please do turn up for the pub-bit.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Nov 28, 2012

November 2012 Meeting

The November 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of November, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

An introduction to Rubymotion: Writing iOS apps with Ruby

Andrew Nesbitt says:

Rubymotion lets you write native iOS apps in Ruby, this talk explores the toolkit and the community that has sprung up around it.

  1. An introduction to RubyMotion
  2. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : An introduction to RubyMotion

Background processing in Ruby (and Rails)

Khash Sajadi says:

This is an introduction to scalable background processing in Ruby (and Rails) applications. It discusses best practises on task management, managing and scaling long running processes in apps and overviews different solutions from high end of Delayed Job to more detailed ones like Event Machine.

  1. The Beanstalk : Background Processing in Ruby
  2. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Background processing in Ruby (and Rails)

Pub

The talks will finish around 8pm, but that doesn't mean you have to go home. Oh no! Us LRUG folks are a friendly lot, and so we continue the evening over at The Slaughtered Lamb which is a short walk from the Skills Matter office. Do join us there if you can't make the formal talks.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Oct 18, 2012

October 2012 Meeting

The October 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of October, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Beautiful command-line interface design

John Leach is going to talk to us about CLI apps:

A lot of importance is placed on good GUI design but it’s easy to overlook good command line interfaces.

Taking from our experiences writing the Brightbox Cloud cli (and years of using cli tools, both good and bad), this talk will show you some of things you need to consider when designing a good cli interface (with a focus on Ruby!).

And all this without turning to ncurses!

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Beautiful Command-line interface design

DTrace + Ruby

Anuj Dutta has been poking about with DTrace, a performance analysis and troubleshooting tool, and wants to talk to us about it. He describes his talk as "An introduction to DTrace and it's current state in the Ruby world". You should care because hooks for DTrace are being added to ruby as we speak, (although they are targetting Ruby 2.0).

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : DTrace + Ruby

Pub

The formal part of the evening is usually done no later than 8pm, but that's not when we go home. We continue the meeting in a more relaxed setting at The Slaughtered Lamb. If you can't make the talks there are usually plenty of rubyists propping up the bar and arguing long into the evening about their preferred hash syntax, so please do come along!

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Sep 18, 2012

September 2012 Meeting

The September 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of September, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Doing less and keeping it simple

Ian Kynnersley describes his talk as follows:

What do we mean when we talk about simplicity? Why is it important and why is it so hard to achieve?

He wrote a little about this topic a couple of months ago on his company blog.

  1. Skills Matter: London Ruby User Group: Doing less and keeping it simple

Objective C for Rubyists

Chris O'Sullivan is going to give us 15 minutes on Objective-C:

There are so many things we take for granted writing Ruby code - initialising hashes and arrays, doing basic arithmetic with floats and integers, using subscript accessors for containers. Trying to do these basic things in Objective C requires writing screeds of boilerplate code.

Well, it's time to have another look at Objective C.

The latest version of the compiler includes some wonderful shortcuts to make your code more concise, readable, and a lot more like Ruby. In this talk I'll give you a whirlwind tour of these changes.

  1. Skills Matter: London Ruby User Group: Objective C for Rubyists

Zero-Downtime Deployment

Jairo Diaz says:

A zero-downtime deployment configuration is important for critical systems that need to handle every request (i.e. financial system) and lately for systems following continuous delivery principles since there could be many frequent deployments . This talks present a simple configuration for zero-downtime deployments for ruby applications.

  1. Zero-downtime Deployment
  2. Skills Matter: London Ruby User Group: Zero-downtime deployment

Pub

Our talks finish around 8pm, but that's not the end of the evening. We carry on at The Slaughtered Lamb which is a short walk from the Skills Matter office. There's usually lots of conversations going on after the talks, so if you can't make the talks please do feel free to pop along for a drink at the pub.

Yammer

Also, the nice folks at Yammer are sponsoring some drinks behind the bar again, so it's an even better idea to come along than usual.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Aug 23, 2012

August 2012 Meeting

The August 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th of August, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Cut and Polish: Crafting Gems

Pat Allan is going to tell us all about writing rubygems:

Gems underpin almost every piece of Ruby code we write – and so, being able to write your own gems is not only incredibly useful, it provides an avenue for code reuse and open source sharing. I'll be talking about the ecosystem around gems and the fundamentals for writing your own gem from the ground up, plus some of the tools available to assist with this, along with ideal approaches and best practices for gem development.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: Cut and Polish: Crafting Gems

nil points: a talk about nothing, NULL, undefined, Maybe, and other ghosts in Ruby and beyond

David Nolan has an idea about nil:

nil in Ruby is neat, simple, and convenient. But it's also problematic. It infiltrates our code, silently, until boom! 'undefined method foo for nil:NilClass' (or - true story, there's no time to explain - suddenly thousands of Mark Zuckerbergs).

In this talk, I take a deep dive into nil, NULL, undefined, Maybe and other ghosts in Ruby and beyond. I want uncover important concepts that I think are obscured by by nil's convenience. And I think nil can be so corrosive it's worth asking why we need it at all. Can we eliminate it completely? Can it be improved?

Sure, there are decent Ruby patterns and practices for living with nil, and I'll take a look at them. But I'll also try to illuminate nil by way of a vintage Soviet computer, Jainism, a billion dollars, a Peruvian tribe, and a Victorian wooden adding machine. And, since this is Ruby, there will some reckless live monkey-patching.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: nil points: a talk about nothing, NULL, undefined, Maybe and other ghosts in Ruby and beyond

Pub

We have to be out of the venue by 8pm, but we don't stop the meeting then. We make the short walk to The Slaughtered Lamb and continue in more informal surroundings there. It's a large pub so if you can't make the first part of the meeting there'll be more than enough room for you at this second part.

Yammer

Also, the nice folks at Yammer are sponsoring some drinks behind the bar, so it's an even better idea to come along than usual.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Jul 19, 2012

July 2012 Meeting

The July 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of July, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Happier deployments through gradual feature rollout

Sam Phillips is going to tell us all about feature switching:

Releasing a big change to an application, whether a large overhaul of the UX, system migration or upgrade to the internals, can be daunting. Will the change work technically? Will it make your users happy and improve the desired metrics? This talk discusses strategies and technologies you can use to gradually roll changes out to gather early feedback and prove your assumptions. It includes in-depth looks at some technologies available (including the rollout gem), as well as the part that gradual feature rollout has to play within your agile process.

These are all true stories, most of which I've been involved in. I'll cover experiences of products and projects of varying sizes, talk about different solutions for different environments and, just to be fair, I include the humiliating (character-building) mistakes I've made along the way.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: Happier deployments through gradual feature rollout

What Ruby can't do

J. Pablo Fernádez is going to show us what ruby can't do:

Ruby is an amazing language, it has an beautiful object model, a concise syntax and it allows you to write functional code elegantly. It's probably one of the most powerful programming languages out there, yet, there are still some things it cannot do. Let's explore those aspects because it'll open our minds to think differently but most important, because it's fun!

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : What Ruby can’t do

Pub

The speaker-based part of the meeting finishes at 8pm, but that's not when LRUG finishes. No! We head over to The Slaughtered Lamb for the chat-based part of the meeting. Attendance at the first part of the meeting is not required if you just fancy a pint with some ruby geeks.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Jun 18, 2012

June 2012 Meeting

The June 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of June, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Introduction to Elasticsearch

Frederick Cheung came back from RailsConf with two things. The first was one of the 2012 Ruby Hero awards, and the second was that he was fired up to give a talk to his local user group. Who are we to say no to a Ruby Hero? Exactly, so he's going to tell us about Elasticsearch: > Most apps need some form of search or filtering at some point > (even if they don't need full text). Elasticsearch is a new(ish) > search engine built on top of Lucene with some interesting features > that set it apart from other search engines such as sphinx or solr. > > I'll show what we've used elasticsearch for and why we picked it over > competing solutions such as solr or sphinx.

  1. Elasticsearch - LRUG June 2012 - Frederick Cheung
  2. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : ElasticSearch

Hexagonal Rails

Matt Wynne and Steve Tooke are going to give us a version of their Hexagonal Rails talk (which they'll also be giving at SRC and Goruco later this year):

The things that make Rails great in the first few weeks of a new project are precisely what makes it hurt after a few months. Anyone who has worked on a medium-sized Rails app will have experienced pain like:

  • High coupling, meaning you have to run all your tests all the time to check each change.
  • Slow tests.
  • Logic littered in view templates or helper modules.

Changes get more and more expensive to make, and the fun grinds to a halt. How can you stop this from happening? And more importantly, how can you turn around a project that’s already hit this wall of pain?

You need to pull your app away from Rails.

In this practical talk, we describe an architecture for mature Rails applications where the framework becomes a plug-in to your application. With hands-on demonstrations, you’ll learn how to define clear boundaries between your application’s domain and Rails’ domain. Now Rails can stick to doing what it does best – providing the persistence and HTTP stack – and your valuable business logic will be in plain old Ruby objects that are fast to test and easy to reason about.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Hexagonal Rails

Pub

We have to be out of the venue by 8pm, but that doesn't mean you have to go home! We wander the short distance to The Slaughtered Lamb to spend the rest of the evening chatting about the talks and what's going on in the Ruby scene in general. If there's some reason you can't make the talks, feel free to turn up at the pub and say hi.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on May 18, 2012

May 2012 Meeting

The May 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 14th of May, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Ruby's bin men: a closer look at the garbage collector

Elise Huard is going to give us a version of the talk she has proposed for EuRuKo 2012:

The Garbage Collector: how does it work? What does it mean when people speak about stop-the-world, mark-and-sweep, generational garbage collectors? How does ruby fare at collecting its own garbage? What does it mean when they say 1.9.3's garbage collector has improved? This talk will explain those concepts, what the impact of garbage collection is on our programs, and what future could be.

This description is taken from her pull request on EuRuKo's github-based cfp. If you like her talk, or have any comments, feel free to get involved over there to let the EuRuKo organisers know that they should select it.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: Ruby'’s bin men : a closer look at the garbage collector

Dependency Injection, the Dependency Inversion Principle, and You

Tom Stuart is also going to give us a version of his EuRuKo proposal:

It's received wisdom that Ruby doesn't need dependency injection frameworks. In this talk, I'll claim that this is at least in part because we don't apply the Dependency Inversion Principle properly. I'll explore the intent of the principle, its benefits for maintainable and testable code, and show how to improve existing code through its application.

I'll then go on to explore how to create objects with dependencies wired in, hoping to settle the question of whether we need a framework to do this.

Tom's talk is also available for discussion on the EuRuKo gothub-based CFP. Comments, notes, etc.. should go there if you have them.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: Dependency Injection, the Dependency Inversion Principle and You!

Pub

After the talks we continue the evening in The Slaughtered Lamb. If you can't make the talks, we're usually in the pub by 8pm, so you should come and join us.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Apr 15, 2012

April 2012 Meeting

The April 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Tuesday the 3rd of April, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

Demystifying dRuby

Makoto Inoue is going to talk to us about dRuby:

dRuby stands for "Distributed Ruby" and it's one of less known Ruby standard libraries. It is one of the first use of Metaprogramming long before Rails. dRuby creates proxy objects which lets you to "automagically"(In Matz's word) delegate method calls to remote objects. While I was translating The dRuby Book: Distributed and Parallel Computing with Ruby from Japanese to English, I had a chance to work with Masatoshi Seki, one of the Ruby core committers and has been using Ruby since version 1.2. I learnt a lot of interesting Ruby technique from him and would like to share some of them with you.

  1. Sample code (including original 160 line version of dRuby)
  2. Demystifying dRuby
  3. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: Demystifying dRuby

Converting a Rails project from MRI to JRuby

Peter Vandenabeele want to talk to us about his experiences converting an Ruby on Rails app from MRI Ruby to JRuby:

Starting from a scaffold Rails app with RSpec and mysql/postgresl what are the steps to get rspec to pass on JRuby: * use .rvmrc to switch between MRI and JRuby * switch out gems (db, server side js, factory_girl 3 vs. 2) * require_relative => use proper load path * using 1.9 compatible mode for new style hashes * waiting for rspec takes longer … * use JRuby to connect to a Java lib (e.g. HBase jar) :-)

  1. Github Repo for demo project used in presentation
  2. Rails on JRuby
  3. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Converting a Rails project from MRI to JRuby

Pub

Whatever we end up doing during the formal part of the meeting, we know it has to end by 8pm. After that we head over to The Slaughtered Lamb fore more fun. Attending the talks isn't mandatory for attendance of the pub, so if you can't make the talks you really should come along for the pub.

Yammer

The nice folks at Yammer are sponsoring some drinks behind the bar, so it's an even better idea to come along.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Mar 26, 2012

March 2012 Meeting

The March 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of March, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. Registration details are given below.

Agenda

TDD Fishbowl

Stuart Eccles, fresh from talking about Conan the Deployer at our February Meeting, has offered to organise a Fishbowl session focussing on approaches to TDD.

The idea is not to focus on tedious tool debates like Test::Unit vs. RSpec or Cucumber vs. raw ruby for integration testing; these debates have rang throughout the ages and will continue to do so. We want to explore other debates, such as Obie Fernandez's suggestion that TDD might not be the best approach for early-stage startups.

The format on the night will be that we'll have a couple of short opening statements from the panel to seed the discussion and then get going on the discussion. The fishbowl format means that we have 5 chairs at the front, 1 of which is empty. People on the chairs can speak, and if someone from the audience wants to add something to the conversation, they can go up and take the empty chair. As soon as this happens, one of the original panelists must go and sit down.

The initial panel will be:

  • Stuart Eccles - Writing tests before validating the business value is pointless
  • Tom Stuart - Rails encourages you to to TDD wrong
  • Joseph Wilk - The cargo culting of TDD without considering if and why
  • Tom Stuart - The "fast specs" paradigm is a red herring for producing better code

Murray Steele will act as moderator, but anyone can get involved by claiming the empty fifth chair.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group:TDD Fishbowl

Pub

It'll probably be a lively debate, and we'll want to carry on after 8pm. We do this by heading over to The Slaughtered Lamb where we can continue in more informal settings. If you can't make the talks you really should come along for the pub.

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 polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register with Skills Matter.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Feb 26, 2012

February 2012 Meeting

The February 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Tuesday the 21st of February, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. It's a great space with plenty of room for the group, but you still need to register to let Skills Matter know you are coming.

Agenda

Lightning talks!

As is now traditional, we devote our February meeting to lightning talks. Not just any old lightning talks either, we use the 20x20 format for the talks. Each speaker has 20 slides that auto-transition after 20 seconds, giving them a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds in which to get their point across.

Our confirmed volunteers for 2012 are:

James Coglan

A History of Websockets

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : A history of Websockets

Jairo Diaz

"Tech interns" - How to get more qualified interns into Ruby.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Tech Interns

Stuart Eccles

Conan the deployer - capistrano extensions focussing on AWS

  1. @stueccles presenting Conan at #lrug
  2. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Conan the Deployer

Richard Livsey

Breaking up is hard to do - extracting authentication code from models

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Breaking up is hard to do

Harry Marr

Custom documentation generators (example)

Andrew McDonough

Ruby Poetry

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Ruby Poetry

Chris Parsons

The crowd-sourced talk. One slot at these evenings is given over to someone prepared to do a talk on something that the mailing list suggests, Chris is bravely wearing that mantle this time.

  1. The great Ruby Showdown
  2. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : The Great Ruby Showdown

Roland Swingler

Reading tea leaves - predict the future with ruby!

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Reading Tea Leaves - predict the future with ruby!

Also, these brave folk have volunteered, but are waiting in the wings before confirming fully:

Jakub Šťastný

SockJS - a websocket emulation library

This is not the running order, on the night we randomise the order of the speakers for even more fun!

Pub

With all these talks on the night, you're bound to want to chat to at least one of the speakers afterwards. Have no fear! We do that in The Slaughtered Lamb, which is only five minutes from Skills Matter's offices. We'll be there from about 8pm, so if you can't make the talks come along just for the pub bit.

Registration

Skills Matter ask that you register your attendance with them if you are coming to the meeting. There's usually plenty of space for everyone so it's not a huge problem if you don't register, we'll still be allowed in. However, it does help with arranging the room to make sure there are enough seats laid out, and it's polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but be aware this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 24, 2012

January 2012 Meeting

The January 2012 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th of January, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. It's a great space with plenty of room for the group, but you still need to register to let Skills Matter know you are coming.

Agenda

Chris McGrath: I18n

Chris McGrath says:

The talk is about lessons learned localising a rails app into nine different languages. It will cover:

  • Why we localised our app
  • Why you might want to use rails i18n even if you're only planning one language
  • A little bit about how the i18n gem works for those unfamiliar with it
  • Common problems you'll have and ways to work around them

The app we localised is http://www.kyero.com and the tool we've built to help us and other ruby / rails devs using the i18n gem in http://localeapp.com.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: I18n

Joe Corcoran: Judge

Joe Corcoran says:

I'll talk about building Judge, a client side form validation gem for Rails 3. I'll explain how I've tried to keep it lightweight and unassuming, why I ditched jQuery in favour of plain old JavaScript and what I learned about Rails i18n, form builders and HTML data attributes along the way. I'll also give a brief introduction to Travis, the distributed build system that I've been using for continuous integration.

  1. Judge: Client-side form validation in Rails 3
  2. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group: Judge: Client side form validation for rails 3

Pub

The night doesn't end at 8pm after the talks though. Oh No!. We're a fun-lovin' gang so we head over to The Slaughtered Lamb to have a few drinks and continue the ruby chatter well into the night. If you can't make the talks you really should come along for the pub.

Registration

Skills Matter prefer that you register your attendance with them if you are coming to the meeting. There's plenty of space so you'll get in if you forget, but it is polite (don't forget MINASWAN), so please do register.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but be aware this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attending. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Dec 19, 2011