July 2018 Meeting

The July 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 9th 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.


Our July meeting has three fantastic talks:

Write better tests with property based testing

Suzanne Hamilton says:

We write automated tests to give us confidence in our code, but bugs still fall between the cracks. In this talk I'll show you how to apply the techniques of property-based testing to use randomly-generated data to drive out more bugs with fewer tests. I'll demonstrate these techniques using the new Hypothesis for Ruby library which is based on the popular Hypothesis Python library.

CSS Shapes: upgrade your page layouts

Nicky Thompson says:

Web design is getting boring. We're not learning enough from our history, and so we're doomed to repeat our mistakes. You won't get your message across effectively if your website looks like all the other websites out there.

This talk will cover some of that history in an attempt to help us all learn from it. You'll also learn some cool new ways CSS can help you stand out, after which you will be armed with practical help to use these techniques, the knowledge of when to use them (and when not to), and arguments to help convince your colleagues of your great new ideas.

As You Like It - if Shakespeare had written Functions as a Service

Ewan Slater says:

In this talk I'll be covering:

  • What is FaaS
  • The Fn project - an open source agnostic FaaS platform
  • The Ruby FDK (Function Development Kit)
  • With a bit of inspiration from William Shakespeare.

Food and Drinks


The nice people at thoughtbot are sponsoring this meeting by making some pizza and drinks available. These will be made available before the meeting downstairs in the Skills Matter bar area. There should be pizza suitable for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets and the drinks will be the full range from the Skills Matter bar, including alcoholic and soft options.

Thanks, thoughtbot, for supporting us!


The talks will have finished by 8pm. After that, though, you’ll probably have loads to talk about. If you'd like to chat to the speakers or other attendees about the talks, or anything else Ruby-adjacent, you have the following choices:

  1. Code Node. Skills Matter run a 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 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.

Please remember that our code of conduct still applies to this more informal part of the meeting.

Don't worry that you'll miss out on this part if you can't make the talks. Attendance of the talks is far from mandatory to attend the socialising afterwards, so please do come along anyway if you can.

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 Jun 28, 2018