Ruby Tuesday - Monthly Meetup

  • February 25, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Hear some Tips and Lessons Learned on Heroku; learn how to use Vert.x to create scalable, multinode applications; hear a Lightning Talk on Middlewares in Rails, and mingle with other Ottawa Ruby members.

Time and Place

 - Date: February 25th, 2014 
 - Time: 6:30pm 
 - Place: Shopify Lounge 
 - Entrance: Enter through double glass doors in the parking lot. See this map link for door location. 
 - Bring: Yourselves :)


1. Talk: My First Years with Heroku: Quick Tips and Lessons Learned

Casey Li (Homepage) will be giving us some tips from his experiences with using Heroku.

Here's the synopsis:

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Heroku is an amazing deployment platform. My entire Rails life has revolved around Heroku and since I've started, I've picked up a lot of little things that you can do with Heroku that have helped me out over the years. Hopefully sharing these experiences will help others who are just getting started with the platform. 

I will cover topics such as

 - What is Heroku? 
 - Custom Domains 
 - Environment Variables 
 - Useful Add-ons 
 - My Git Branching Strategy 
 - Running Test and Live Environments 
 - Dealing with DBs- Basic Logs 
 - Migrating Apps 
 - Other Take Aways

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2. Break: Food and schmoozing 

Eat some pizza and drink some pop courtesy of Shopify. While you eat, you'll have plenty of time to mingle and chit-chat with others in the room.

Also, Shopify is hiring. Check out their openings here.

3. Talk: Using Vert.x to create Scalable, Multinode Applications

Dan Cardamore (Twitter | Homepage) will be giving us a talk on how to use Vert.x (, which is a polyglot language where JRuby is one of those languages.

You'll learn why its excellent for building scalable multinode applications, and how it provides a great framework for developing ruby applications that are both asynchronous or synchronous. 

4. Tentative Lightning Talk: Rails Middlewares

Peter Schröder (Twitter) may be giving us a Lightning Talk on Rails Middlewares.

Hey, you... Wanna give a talk sometime? :)  

We're looking for more speakers over the coming months, and we'd love to have more local members give talks. So, if you'd be up for giving a talk sometime, please let us know by filling in this short form.

Got Suggestions or Feedback?

If you have any suggestions for things you'd like to see from Ottawa Ruby (e.g. suggestions for meetup themes, things you'd like to learn about, or other general feedback), please feel free to let us know here. It's anonymous, if you'd like it to be. :)


While you're waiting for Ruby Tuesday, here are some Resources

 - New to Ruby or Ruby on Rails? Check out the Getting Started with Ruby on Rails blog post at

 - Want to a few tips on writing more Ruby-esque code? See the Three Code-Style Tips for the Budding Ruby Developer post on

 - Questions? Join us in the Ottawa Ruby Google Group.

 - Up for giving a talk sometime? Let the organizers know by submitting this short form.

 - We'd also love to hear your feedback. Holler at us via this feedback form.

We hope to see you there!

The Ottawa Ruby Team

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  • Lana

    Hey I'm probably going to be asking around about how people like to do branching in github. What their procedure is for feature dev/ large refactors/quick bug fixes. Come see me if you have anything you'd wana share :)

    February 25, 2014

    • Lana

      Thanks this looks great :)

      February 25, 2014

    • Lana

      Yeah we were already using SourceTree lol Paulo showed me the gitflow branching built in last night lol didn't even know it was there. Awesome :)

      February 26, 2014

  • Jacob H.

    Answered a lot of questions I had regarding Heroku.

    February 26, 2014

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