February 2017 Meeting

The February 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 13th 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.


As is traditional, our February meeting consists entirely of lightning talks of no more than 10 minutes. This year we have:

A way to think about bugs

Amy Phillips says:

Bugs. Bugs reports. Jira. Dirty, dirty words. Or are they? In this alternative view of bugs we'll see how bug reports can be turned into something positive for developers and development teams. Treated right a bug report can be a powerful trigger for changing technology, process, and even yourself.

Doing bad things in Postgres for fun and profit

Ryan MacGillivray says:

A brief glimpse at the unwise things you can do with the Postgres array datatype.

A (Pointed) Guide to Beer

Kaitlyn Tierney says:

There are hundreds of beer styles from all over the world. This very brief introduction to beer will enumerate a few of them: how they’re made, what they taste like, and when to drink them.

Logstash: JRuby and Java at Elastic

Guy Boertje says:

I will talk for a bit about what it is like to develop Logstash, a data ingestion application, part of the open source Elastic Stack. At 12+ million downloads and tens of thousands of daily users, Logstash is very popular. We manage/code 160+ Github repos.

Small Steps to Finding Your Dream Job

Lola Odelola says:

A few tips on how to find a job you'll love

Base WTF

Paul Battley says:

If you've done much programming, you've probably worked with binary, hexadecimal, and perhaps octal in addition to normal decimal numbers. But what about base three? And what about base three with a twist, where each digit can be positive or negative? Why would you even want to do that? It really exists, it's called Balanced Ternary, and it has some interesting properties.

My Live Coding Adventure

Rosa Fox says:
An experiment to see if live coding can make me a better developer.

Rosa has had to cancel due to illness, we hope to reschedule her talk for a later meeting.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes: Avoiding mutable state in Ruby and why you might want to.

Tom Wey says:

A few examples and techniques for avoiding mutable state in Ruby, and how this might make your code clearer and easier to test. Slightly inspired by getting more into functional programming languages.


We aim to finish up the talks and formal part of the meeting by 8pm, but that doesn't mean you have to go home. There's bound to be something to talk about after all those talks and we have two options for winding down the evening and chatting to other 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 hosing 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 Tom Stuart on Jan 23, 2017