July 2017 Meeting

The July 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of July, 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.


Better scripting with Crystal

Lorenzo Barasti says:

What are the benefits of porting existing Ruby scripts to Crystal?

How can writing scripts from scratch in Crystal impact our productivity?

We'll explore these questions and highlight differences and similarities between the two languages in the process.

Pushing Jekyll to breaking point

James Smith says:

Jekyll is a static web development tool, used by GitHub Pages. Most uses are pretty simple, but you can do a lot more complex things with it too.

This talk will explain how I’ve used git submodules, deeply nested JSON, CSV data, and other techniques to produce complex data-driven sites with rich output, all on GitHub Pages in vanilla Jekyll.

It will also explain why some of this is a really bad idea, and reveal the true horror of some of the code required :)

Building a webserver in Elixir

Peter Saxton says:

To a Ruby developer Elixir can seam like one of an overwhelming selection of trendy new languages. Elixir's lightweight processes mark it as unusual among these new languages, and give it a unique set of strengths.

This talk explores the virtues of Elixir processes and demonstrates how to work with them.

Finally we will take a deeper dive into a real world example; constructing a capable webserver.


The talks should be finished by 8pm. After that, you’ve got two main options if you want to keep 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 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 James Adam on Jun 26, 2017