June 2018 Meeting

The June 2018 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 18th 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.


Our June meeting has two talks and a prize draw!

How to grow a small development team

Najaf Ali says:

This talk is about how we grew the team at Happy Bear Software. In this talk I'll discuss:

  • How working at a given company fits into a developer's career
  • Finding candidates
  • Selection
  • On-boarding
  • Retention
  • What to do when people leave your team

Much of how we hire is specific to our business and our goals, but there will hopefully be two or three techniques, practices, or principles that you can apply to your hiring process.

Breaking into computers over the Internet

David Somers wants to tell us how to protect the software you build:

I’ll start by talking briefly about the protocols computers use to communicate. Then I'll discuss how they can be abused by demoing some of the tools and techniques security professionals (and hackers) use to scan and infiltrate servers. If the demo gods are on my side, I’ll break in to a vulnerable system or two to show you how easy it is for people to exploit known vulnerabilities in software you, as a software developer, may be responsible for keeping up to date. Then finally I'll cover some ways to protect the software you write from those types of attacks.

Brighton Ruby ticket prizedraw


The kind people at Streetbees, an Artificial Intelligence based Market Research platform bolstered by powerful community building tools, have bought us a couple of tickets to the Brighton Ruby conference on Friday, 6th July 2018. We'll be running a prize draw at this meeting; if you attend on the night your name will be entered in the giveaway and the winning names will be drawn from a hat*.

Thanks streetbees!

* We may not use an actual hat.


Our talks will finish by 8pm, but that doesn't have to be the end of the evening for you. If you'd like to talk to the speakers, or to other attendees about the talks, or other goings on in the ruby community you have a couple of options:

  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 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.

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 Murray Steele on May 14, 2018