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Hack & Chat

tl;dr — David A. Black, author of "The Well-Grounded Rubyist," joins us on Aug. 15 to present a large handful of sometimes overlooked features from the Ruby standard library. (Do you know how to derive shortest unique abbreviations of a list of words in Ruby? Did you know Ruby has scanf?)

You won't want to miss this so RSVP now.

A huge thanks to Evie for recommending David as a speaker.


Our RSVP policy:

NYC Ruby Women is a ladies first group. Like RailsBridge and other ladies first efforts, men are welcome to attend as a woman's +1. So guys, we know you know a woman who's likely to want to learn more about the Ruby standard library, so convince her to join NYC Ruby Women and bring you!


The schedule:

7P: 15 minutes of lightning talks

Have some code or a project you'd like to show? Are you preparing for a tech talk or a conference presentation? Now's your chance to practice in front of a friendly and eager-to-learn audience.

7:15P: David A. Black will present underexposed features of the Ruby standard library, helping you expand your Ruby knowledge and avoid reinventing various wheels.

~8P: 1 hour of open coding

Bring your project in progress or a new project idea and we’ll hack!


As always, if you've got a question or have something you'd like to show the group, post to our page or to the Google Group or feel free to email Chrys and Rachel using the "Contact Us" link on the page.

We're looking forward to hacking & chatting with you!

—Chrys & Rachel

NYC Ruby Women


More about David:

David A. Black is a well-known and highly-regarded Ruby and Rails programmer, author, and trainer. He is also currently a Team Lead at Cyrus Innovation. Active in the Ruby world since 2000,

David has more than a decade of full-time teaching experience, and is the author of "The Well-Grounded Rubyist."

He has been interviewed for InfoQ and the Rails Podcast; has co-organized numerous Ruby and Rails conferences; and has spoken at conferences and Ruby and Rails users groups in the United States, Canada, Europe and Brazil.


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  • Chrys W.

    @Yoshi: Thanks to you and your wife for joining us! It was great talking with you and I hope we'll see you at future events!

    August 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    David was great, what a pleasure to have you attend and teach us something new!

    August 16, 2012

  • E\/IE B.

    David's talk on Ruby libraries was fun and illuminating. So before you think of rolling your own, check and see if there is a library that does it.

    August 16, 2012

  • Debbie M.

    Awesome meeting. It was great to meet everyone!

    August 16, 2012

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