SFRails Meetup - Maintainable CSS | Ruby Gems & Java



7:00 Pizza/Beer/Networking

7:30 Intros/Host/Every Day Carry

7:45 Talk 1: Maintainable CSS with Sass and Bourbon

8:10 Tech Talk: Ruby Gems and Java

8:30 Talk 2:

9:00 End


Talk 1: Maintainable CSS with Sass and Bourbon
When starting a Rails project, it's easy to not pay a much attention to your CSS code. However, as your project evolves, you soon find yourself with spaghetti css, styles distributed amongst different files seemingly at random, and selectors in specificity hell. In this talk, Jon will discuss techniques for giving structure to your CSS with the help of Sass and Bourbon. The topics he will discuss include:

  • Using conventions to write maintainable CSS
  • Using SASS to keep your CSS DRY and semantic
  • Using Bourbon to write less code
  • Optimizing your CSS

About the Speaker

Jonathan Mumm is a software engineer and developer evangelist at TokBox where he works with developers to build applications using real-time video.


Tech Talk: Ruby Gems and Java

Gems are the standard package for Ruby. Jars are the standard package for most JVM based languages. GemJars is a service which aims to bring RubyGems to the rest of the JVM languages.This talk with address how people who are using 'java' dependency management/build tools like buildr, gradle and ant can include and use RubyGems in their applications.

About the Speaker

Andrew Kiellor is a developer at ThoughtWorks specializing in Ruby, Java, and Shell.




The Climate Corporation helps people and businesses manage and adapt to weather events and climate change. The company’s unique technology platform enables the real-time pricing and purchasing of customizable weather risk management products using proprietary global weather simulation modeling and local weather monitoring systems.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The Java stuff was a little less applicable to our own technology stack but I found the sass talk pretty interesting. Currently I am using twitter bootstrap and css organization is always a challenge.

    August 23, 2012

  • Ahmad

    Good talks tonight! Thanks for hosting Climate Corp.

    August 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will you be able to open a few more spots? I wish I could go! If not, will you stream it? ore at least record it?

    August 17, 2012

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