November 2017 Meeting

The November 2017 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 20th of November, 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.


OpenPolitics: making policy with open source ideas

James Smith says:

The OpenPolitics project is a collaborative political policy-writing platform. Started as an experiment in using open source principles outside the world of tech, it’s grown into a tool (written in Ruby) that allows anyone with a good idea to take a direct role in writing policy. This talk will explain how the project started, how the system evolved, and how it currently works atop git and GitHub to make open source workflows democratic and accessible by non-developers.

Mock objects: delicious and addictive

Duncan Brown says:

You must mock, but where do you begin? Where do you end? And how do you know > when to stop? A cautionary tale. I will talk about the mocking library stripe-ruby-mock.

5 ways to keep docs up to date

Tijmen Brommet says:

Project documentation often falls into a cycle of disrepair: it's not read because it's not up to date, and not up to date because nobody reads it. This is a talk about how we tried to break that cycle for GOV.UK's internal developer documentation. I'll cover what we tried, what works & what doesn't, and how to employ a punny chat bot to help you.


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 Chris Lowis on Nov 08, 2017