2021 Meetings

April 2021 Meeting

The April 2021 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 12th of April, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm). It's our first meeting of the 2nd year of remote-only LRUG.

Full registration details are given below, note that the zoom meeting url is only sent to registered attendees, so please do make sure you do it.

Agenda

We've got one talk lined up for you this month so far. We've always space for more though. Email talks@lrug.org, if you've got something you'd like to share with your fellow LRUG attendees.

Git Rebase

Brooke Kuhlmann says:

Git is the dominant tool for version management. Misunderstanding and misusing Git can cost development teams time, energy, and money. Few better examples exist than Git's default merge workflow which creates repositories that are hard to read, debug, and maintain. In this talk, I'll show how to use the Git Rebase Workflow instead, which puts Git to work for you to produce quality code that's easy to handle and kicks your team into high gear.

Your questions will be answered by Brooke Kuhlmann who is the founder of the Alchemists where the mission is to create an inclusive and thoughtful collective focused on the craft, quality, ethics, and security of software engineering.

Afterwards

Despite spending a year doing this, we've yet to work out a decent online version of the post-meeting pub. That said, we leave the zoom call running aftet the talks are over and the formal goodbyes have been said. You're more than welcome to hang out with the handful of folk who do stay on. If you've got any ideas for something better let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Brooke Kuhlmann on Mar 15, 2021

March 2021 Meeting

The March 2021 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of March, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm), taking place once again in our virtual home. This will mark a full year of running LRUG remotely. Wild times.

Full registration details are given below. Please remember that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, so please do make sure you do it.

Agenda

We've got two talks this month, but as ever, we always need more, from April onwards. Email talks@lrug.org and we will do our very best to nurture your seed of inspiration into a healthy plant of… content.

Data as a foreign language, or: A tale of two (or possibly three) type systems

Matt Patterson says:

Working with XSLT/XPath’s XDM type system in Ruby requires learning how to translate between two very different type systems in a way which allows for idiomatic Ruby without ignoring the bits of XDM which aren’t quite Ruby-shaped. Oh, and the only open-source implementation is in Java, so Java’s type system is in the mix.

I’ll look at a couple of cases where the different approaches and assumptions of Ruby and XDM (and Java, which just can’t help sticking its nose in) interact in an interesting way.

Sundae Club: Livestreaming Ruby on Rails

Max Shelley:

I host a weekly livestream where each week I work on a Ruby on Rails app and, along with those watching, we plan then build different features and discuss different possible approaches. It’s casual, aimed very loosely at learners, hopefully useful and receives positive feedback from those that watch or interact.

When I mention livestreaming to others, they’re often interested in how it works, what I get from doing it, what those who interact with the streams get out of it and how they could potentially get involved in streaming. This talk aims to answer those questions, along with any others you may have, come and say hello!

Afterwards

We're all at home so there's no post-meeting pub meetup, however a few attendees often hang around on in the zoom call after the talks are over. It's a pale-shadow of the pub meetup, so if you have some ideas about doing something better do get in touch at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you must familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all just little silent video characters.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by James Adam on Feb 25, 2021

February 2021 Meeting

The February 2021 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 8th of February, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm). The online nature of our little gathering continues.

Full registration details are given below, but do note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, because we have limited places, so please do it.

Agenda

It's our annual ⚡️lightning⚡️ talks event. All short talks, all the time. As ever, we're still looking for volunteers (we have room for up to eight of you), so get in touch talks@lrug.org, if you've got something to say.

An intro to Bridgetown: A static site generator for the modern JAMStack era.

Ayush Newatia:

Bridgetown is a new Ruby-powered static site generator that was forked from Jekyll 4.1. It has a focus on modern ideas and includes Webpack as a first-class citizen. In this talk I'll give a demo of what differentiates Bridgetown from Jekyll and some of its best features; followed by a short Q&A.

  1. LRUG February 2021 - Ayush Newatia - An intro to Bridgetown: A static site generator for the modern JAMStack era

The Path(name) of least resistance

Fred Cheung:

Ruby has many classes that deal with files, paths or directories, but one that often doesn't get enough credit is Pathname. Pathname unifies the other pretenders to the throne with a consistent, rubyish interface that is a joy to work with.

  1. LRUG Februrary 2021 - Fred Cheung - The Path(name) of least resistance

Are we parallel yet? A first look at Ruby Ractors

Lorenzo Barasti:

A speedrun through actor-based concurrency, the Ractor API and the future of parallel applications in Ruby.

  1. LRUG Februrary 2021 - Lorenzo Barasti - Are we parallel yet? A first look at Ruby Ractors

Uncovering some ruby magic in awesome_print

Mark Burns:

ap 1.methods takes an Array of Symbols as input and outputs details it shouldn't know about the methods themselves. ap 1.methods.dup has the same behaviour, but ap 1.methods.take(1.methods.length) does not. I will peer into the magic and divulge its secrets.

  1. LRUG February 2021 - Mark Burns - Uncovering some ruby magic in `awesome_print

Taking Rails Offline

Mike Rogers:

Networks are unreliable & drop out all the time! Lets make our apps more resilient to that!

  1. LRUG February 2021 - Mike Rogers - Taking Rails Offline

Afterwards

The best we can do at the moment is promise that a few of us will hang out on the zoom call after all the talks are done to blather on for a bit. It's a poor substitute for actually meeting up in person, but we'll persevere with it. If you have some ideas about an alternative approach, then let us know at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 24, 2021

January 2021 Meeting

The January 2021 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 11th of January, from 6:20pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm). Still online.

Full registration details are given below, note that we will only be sending out the zoom meeting url to people who have registered, so please do make sure you do it.

Agenda

We've got one talk lined up for you this month, but we always need more. Email talks@lrug.org, if you'd like to start your 2021 presenting to the enthralled hordes of LRUG attendees.

Recruiting 101 instead of 404

Thayer Prime says:

Recruitment is one of the hardest problems in scaling your tech company. Everyone wants the best, everyone wants diversity in hires, everyone wants the most affordable people - but companies rarely have the time, money or ability to invest in creating a world class recruiting team. So what are some of the common questions we can review, and how do you navigate the pitfalls of bad hiring as a starter for ten? Come and find out from an LRUG community Q&A to address some of the most commonly asked questions, and get some starter tips on hiring humans, not resources.

Your Qs will be A'd by Thayer Prime, of Team Prime who started life in the tech industry as a programmer twenty years ago, before turning to the dark arts of recruitment. She's been lucky enough to work with the likes of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jimmy Wales, Apple, Stripe and NASA to name just a few. She has founded three successful companies herself, and often acts as a strategic adviser to founders and C-level executives growing their tech capacity within their organisations.

For info on how to submit questions for the talk check out Thayer's email to the mailing list explaining the situation.

  1. LRUG January 2021 - Thayer Prime - Recruiting 101 instead of 404

Afterwards

We're all at home so there's no post-meeting pub meetup, however a few attendees often hang around on in the zoom call after the talks are over. It's a pale-shadow of the pub meetup, so if you have some ideas about doing something better do get in touch at organisers@lrug.org.

Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees, even though we are all in our own little bubbles.

Secure your place

Even in a virtual world there are limited places for attending the meeting so you need to register via eventbrite. The link to the zoom meeting will only be sent to registered attendees on the day of the meeting, around about 6pm. Keep an eye out for the email and check your spam just in case.

Do prepare yourself in advance by downloading the zoom client.

Posted by Murray Steele on Dec 22, 2020