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Arch Rails Kickoff

7:00pm - Happy Half Hour

7:30pm - Program starts

Welcome, sponsorship recognition and announcements.


7:40pm - 8:00pm Bredon Jones - Hiring a Developer for Your Website or App 
8:00pm - 8:10pm Q & A

8:15pm - 8:35pm Chris Oliver - Rapid Feature Deployment for Tape 
8:35pm - 8:45pm Q & A

8:45pm - 10pm - Networking, Tour Nebula, Whatever

The talks will be recorded, uploaded and linked here on the meetup page

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  • Mark H.

    Would have given it five stars, but I was hoping the innagural meeting would be a little more noobie centric.

    2 · December 18, 2013

    • Craig B.

      I could do a live app from scratch demonstration. But I'm not sure it'd be that great for beginners, as much as just to show off how productive you COULD be in getting a Rails app off the ground.

      December 18, 2013

    • Reid B.

      Hey Mark, remember to check out Efeqdev's­ for some good noobie centric stuff.

      December 18, 2013

  • Craig B.

    It was great to see so many people attending.

    As I mentioned at the meeting, if you enjoyed coming, you should look into other similar meetings. The STL Ruby group ( is more technically oriented than the Rails group, but covers topics generally useful to Rails development.

    I'm also involved with the GNU/Linux ( and UNIX ( user groups. SLUUG maintains a calendar of about 150 tech events per month (

    December 18, 2013

  • Andrew U.

    Had a good time last night. Thanks very much to the sponsors for providing everything they did. Really made for a fun night. I liked the presentation about hiring and being hired for projects. Seemed like a lot of the info was from hard-won experience. I also liked the quick demo of implementing the simple use case, which although small managed to demonstrate making REST calls and provided a brief glimpse of how to work within the larger framework.

    I would personally like to see more Rails-specific use-cases, as well as some 'from scratch' site building using Rails.

    For some games similar to Gem or No Gem, I would suggest putting up some code on the screen and have people guess the output, or doing "fill in the blank" code questions. I know I really enjoyed learning Ruby through the Ruby Koans, which utilize this approach.

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Chan

    I didn't know what to expect, but I ended up having an awesome experience.

    December 18, 2013

  • bredon

    This just in: Contegix has come on as a sponsor and they will be providing beverages including beer from Urban Chestnut!

    Also, Pi Pizza will make sure no one drinks on an empty stomach.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Chris Z.

    Finalized the presentations. The first one will remain the same, but the second one will be kind of special. We use a piece of self-coded software on a daily basis to make decisions, scale communication and ensure transparency company-wide. We love it. It kind of just grew out of an unmet need we had, and it was developed completely in Rails. Haven't settled on a permanent name, but the current best-contender is Tape. Anyway, we thought it would be fun to show you guys behind the curtain. So instead of a rapid feature deployment for, we're going to reveal and develop a feature for Tape - integrating into it!

    Also, all the talks will be recorded, uploaded and linked on the ArchRails meetup page.

    December 5, 2013

  • Chris Z.

    updated the two presentations for this round. here's more info on what they're about

    The Business side of Ruby on Rails: If you're looking to hire a rails consultant, what should you expect? How should you find/hire a developer or team? If you ARE a rails consultant (or want to be one), what's the best way to communicate and go about the process of finding & developing for a client? What are rails apps good or bad at doing and how can you decide if this is the best environment for your idea? Ruby on Rails lets you build stuff - fast. Chris built in one night. Watch as a new feature for the site is built from scratch and deployed to production during the 20 minute presentation.

    November 21, 2013

    • Denise F.

      I just returned from Amazon re:Invent. I attended several of the Ruby AWS SDK and best practices break out sessions if anyone is interested.

      November 21, 2013

  • David C.

    Looking forward to the experience

    November 20, 2013

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