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August 2013 Meeting

This meeting will be a series of lightning talks.


Dan McClory

Racc is powerful library for generating parsers. Unfortunately, the documentation is thin and assumes familiarity with Yacc, the C compiler compiler which inspired it. The canonical example is always a calculator, which is kind of boring.

In this talk, we'll look at the important parts of a simple parser that can recognize some of the CSS selectors.


Jason Garber

When you need to use MongoDB in a Ruby app, Mongoid is a great adapter. It has all the ActiveModel conventions you're used to plus some extra goodies you'll wish you could take back to relational DB-land!


Justin Campbell

Elixir is a programming language that runs on the Erlang VM and has a very familiar syntax to Ruby. We'll take a quick tour of what Elixir code looks like, how it works, and talk about strengths and good use cases.


Allen Fair

JSON is our data transfer format of choice. We use it for HTTP API's (REST, AJAX, and Javascript Front-End Frameworks), Message Queueing, Service Oriented Architecture, and Interprocess Communication. There is no definitive standard for a JSON Request/Response cycle across these environments, but some are emerging. This talk explores the requirements and gives an overview of the popular contenders.


Brian Auton

Key-based expiration and ActiveSupport Concerns: how I'm using two Rails 4 features to improve a real-world application


Andrew Larkin

Xooie is a library of JavaScript UI widgets designed to be extremely modular and agnostic of markup and styles. With Xooie, you can create almost any interface you want. Key components are tagged with data attributes, informing Xooie to bind the associated widget functionality.

Joe Winter

An overview of Docker: Using Linux containers to run and isolate your applications


Mike Nicholaides

Rails security


Adam Duke

Keeping your dependencies up to date with rake. New gems are pushed on a daily basis, but it's really scary to run `bundle update` because there may be breaking changes and it's going to be hard to track down which update breaks your app. I decided to use rake to update each gem individually and run our test suite after updating each gem one at a time.

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