February 2016 Meeting

The February 2016 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th 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.


Once again our February meeting is given over to lightning talks of no more than 10 minutes. This year we have:

Charlotte Spencer - "Making your first pull request"

Your First PR is an initiative with a goal to get people involved in making pull requests to other open source projects. In this talk you will be introduced to Your First PR as a project, discover where you can find starter issues to work on, and learn how you can help others to make their own awesome pull requests.

  1. Making Your First Pull Request - Slides
  2. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Making your first pull request

Dave Nolan - "ENUMERABLE!"

10 real-life problems solved with 10 cool lesser-known methods from Enumerable, Enumerator, and Array.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : ENUMERABLE!

Fareed Dudhia - "Rails & Docker for Development: No Mess, No Fuss"

Getting set up and used to using Docker for our local development environment in minutes.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Rails & Docker for Development: No Mess, No Fuss

Melinda Seckington - "Imposter Syndrome: How we act and work together"

Often when we talk about imposter syndrome in developers, we look at what the individual can do to stop it from happening. In this talk, I'll look at what we can do as a team.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Imposter Syndrome: How we act and work together

Peter Saxton - "Building with domain concepts."

All useful software is applied to a particular problem domain. This talk will encourage the use of value objects to better model a programs problem domain.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Building with domain concepts

Tomas Valent - "Web Developer Life Hacks"

In this talk we will have a look on some alternative work environment setups that will help Web Developers to improve productivity.

Some related articles:

  1. Web Developer Life Hacks
  2. Slides for Talk
  3. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Web Developer Life Hacks

Tom Cartwright - "Psychology of programming: A very short introduction"

The psychology of programming is field of research that deals with the psychological aspects of writing computer programs. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology_of_programming. This is a short introduction to the subject with a précis of the current research and few reckons thrown in for good measure.

  1. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Psychology of programming: A very short introduction

Tom Stuart - "Automatic differentiation in Ruby"

Finding the derivative of a mathematical function on a computer can be difficult, but there’s a clever trick that makes it easy: first write a program that computes the function, then execute it under a non-standard interpretation of its values and operations. In this talk I’ll show you how that works in Ruby.

  1. Automatic differentiation in Ruby
  2. Automatic differentiation in Ruby (extended version)
  3. Automatic differentiation in Ruby
  4. Skills Matter : London Ruby User Group : Automatic differentiation in Ruby


There's bound to be something to talk about after all those talks and we now have two options for winding down the evening and chatting to other LRUG attendees:

  1. Stay at Code Node where Skills Matter have a cash bar and you can mingle with attendees of other meetups held that night.
  2. Take the short walk to the Singer Tavern (located at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG) where you can get some food to chew over along with the discussions spurred by the talks.

Talks should finish at about 8pm so if you can't make it along earlier feel free to come along to either venue afterwards to hang out.

Venue & Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct.


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 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 us you wish to attend. It's just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 22, 2016