June 2017 Meeting

The June 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of June, 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.


This Code Sucks — A Story About Nonviolent Programming

Nadia Odunayo says:

Think about something that happened at work recently. How did it make you feel? Why did it make you feel that way?

Chances are you answered those two questions poorly. Our inability to answer such questions effectively leads us to communicate in ways that are negative and unhelpful.

Let’s explore a day in the life of a fictional programmer who, just like us, means well and wants to do a great job. We’ll use our protagonist’s story to learn about how to honestly express our needs and effectively collaborate in disagreement.

Choosing Ruby for a New Startup

Alex McLintock says:

In 2016 I needed to pick the right set of tools for my web based startup, but Ruby on Rails was not my first choice. I will talk about some of the questions I asked myself as a C++/Perl/Java developer and some of the Ruby tools I picked.

3 ways of using React with Rails - pros and cons

Hrishi Mittal says:

A quick look at a few ways of using React with Ruby on Rails. The pros and cons of using React inside Rails with gems or in a separate frontend app with a Rails API.

Food and Drinks


The nice people at BookingBug have arranged to provide us with some pizza and drinks. These will be available before the meeting in the Skills Matter downstairs bar area. BookingBug is one of the UK's (and Europe's) fastest-growing 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 BookingBug!


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 Tom Stuart on May 25, 2017