August 2017 Meeting

The August 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 14th of August, 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.


Let the Cats out of the bag

Adam Lancaster says:

A talk about cats, boxes and category theory. Do you lie awake at night thinking about monads? Do you wonder why the identity of the exclusive OR Monoid is false? No, of course not… because you're still not sure what the hell they are! Allow me to explain with a beginner friendly introduction to Category Theory - with cats! And may your dreams once again be full of maths.


Lola Odelola has been looking at the role empathy plays in technology and is going to tell us all about it.

GraphQL in Ruby

Phil Cowans and Darren Oakley want to explain GraphQL to us:

At Nested we've recently moved from traditional RESTful APIs to a Ruby GraphQL back end. In this talk we'll share our experience making the transition and using GraphQL for a real-world app.

Why Writing Software Is Nothing Like Building A House

Patrick Gleeson says:

A brief exploration of the problems intrinsic to software project management, and a couple of suggestions for how we coders can help our non-technical colleagues get round them.

Food and Drinks


The nice people at Nested have arranged to provide us with some food and drinks. These will be available before the meeting in the Skills Matter downstairs bar area.

Nested is one of the UK’s (and Europe's) fastest-growing prop tech companies, and they're proud of their great working culture and the learning & growth opportunities they offer. They’re hiring and keen to speak with Ruby on Rails developers looking for their next challenge.

Thanks for supporting us Nested!


The talks will take us to 8pm or thereabouts. The end of the talks doesn't have to be the end of the evening though. We suggest you choose one of the following venues if you want to keep chatting to your fellow LRUG attendees:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a cash 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.
  2. 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 for some reason you can't make the talks you're still more than welcome to attend this afterwards part. We'd love to see you!

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 at the talks and afterwards in the pub.


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 Jul 19, 2017