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December DCRUG: Dashboards with Dashing + Getting Started with Automated Testing

  • Dec 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Our meetings are open to all experience levels, from total novices to expert Rubyists.

Current agenda:

  • "Dashboards with Dashing" by Chris Mar and Karle Durante

    Dashboarding your business performance engages your team in the success of the company.  We will demonstrate how to build a dashboard, pull in key metrics and deploy to Heroku. With the Dashing gem, you can rapidly deploy and deploy a dashboard proof of concept that will quickly become invaluable to your team.

    Chris Mar and Karle Durante are software engineers at CustomInk. They have recently built dashboards using Dashing and will share  lessons learned and explain the technology used by the gem.

  • "Getting Started with Automated Testing" by Jordan Leigh

    Writing automated tests is an important component of building quality software. However, making the leap into writing test suites can often be incredibly intimidating. It's easy to get quickly overwhelmed by the size and complexity of the Rails testing ecosystem.

    Like all complex concepts, automated testing first requires a mental model of the problem domain to approach successfully. This talk aims to build a simple mental framework of how to approach testing in a Rails application. I will try to answer the "how", "what", and "why" of Rails testing and show how you can use two libraries - RSpec and Factory Girl - to immediately start writing valuable automated tests around your code base.

We now meet monthly at Logik's new headquaters, now located at 1400 I (Eye) Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20005. The closest Metro stop is McPherson Square. If you're downstairs and need someone to let you into the building or the elevator, please give me a call at[masked] or tweet me at @naffis.

We always need presenters, so if you have a topic or project on which you'd like to do a 30-minute presentation on anything Ruby-related, Rails-related or possibly of interest to Ruby developers, please contact our organizers [masked] and we'll schedule you to speak. If you have presented before, you are welcome to give a presentation on a new topic. This is a great chance for some of you guys and gals lingering in the back of the room to share some of the cool things you are working on. Don't be shy -- you're among fellow geeks. :)

As always, we'll have an ample supply of free pizza and soda for all attendees, so don't worry about eating dinner beforehand.

And we'll be heading to a nearby bar after the meeting, to unwind and socialize with fellow techies.


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  • Reita S.

    Please share the presentation

    December 17, 2013

  • M M

    Very glad to have attended for the first time last night. Thank you--I learned a lot.

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Ryan B. H.

    Last minute change of plans. Work is keeping me longer than expected. I'm definitely interested in dashing and would love to see slides or code samples from the presentation.

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Nikhil P.

      Same thing for me unfortunately. Would love to see the slides/code if possible though!

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Tuan D.

    Same here -- Chris and Karle anyway you can share slides or a presentation of sorts? Thank you!

    December 12, 2013

  • Frank Allen D.

    I just want to introduce myself to all the Ruby SME's out here in DC. I just relocated from Vegas, and brought with me my startup PokerFund, but did not bring with the other co-founders and our tech guy. I'm eager to get some more brilliant minds involved with PokerFund, so if anyone is interested please send me an email to [masked] or [masked]


    November 12, 2013

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