Ruby turns 20 !

It's been a while since we've had a Ruby Meetup, and if you already didn't know, Ruby has also turned 20 recently.

We at Saltside thought it was good occasion to organize a meetup and get it going for this year. Hereby, we invite all Ruby enthusiasts to this event.

There isn't a strong theme in mind already. It's supposed to be a casual event where we can all get together, chat up and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ruby. We might have some talks which will be mentioned in the comments(or here) soon.

And, of course, if you have something fun to talk about, please shoot a message.

Cheers.

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  • Suvash T.

    Thanks a lot everyone for showing up. It was definitely interesting to get the group rolling after a rather long time, which apparently did require healthy(?) amounts of venting. It's great that we're having post meetup discussions here as well. Despite all the ramblings, I personally take this as a rather good sign.

    While this meetup was definitely more casually held, the organisers(i.e. we this time) should try to do a better job at moderation, etc. if required. But, as mentioned in the comments below "It's a lot easier to make a great meetup if we know what we are aiming for".

    Let's try to remember that we as a user group do have humble beginnings and it would only be reasonable to keep the environment same. Saltside has already promised to host the next meetup, so we ask the community to first set an agenda after which we can set the dates for the next month.

    Please go ahead and send in your ideas for the next meetup.
    Naaaaw !

    March 13, 2013

  • Antony S.

    I was so into the discussions feedback I forgot to thank Saltside for hosting, being friendly and welcoming. Thank you guys!

    March 13, 2013

    • Suvash T.

      You're welcome, of course !

      March 13, 2013

  • Antony S.

    Okay, some honest feedback — I'm not to satisfied with the Meetup this time. I think I came with the mindset of actually 'chatting up and celebrate' and it turned out to be a more ”come and participate in some discussions, but mostly trash-talk about Ruby's flaws”.

    Of course I understand these discussions are important and relevant, but we ( usergroup / organizers / talkers ) should make an effort in driving discussions and talks in the right direction within the topic of the Meetup even if abstract. I dare to guess the popularity of this meetup was due to the idea of what it was about.

    Maybe we (i.e. organizers) could help remind the group before and during the meetup about it's intentions. Actively making sure that talkers (pre-meetup) and discussions (during the meetup) keep focus to the subject?

    But other than that I loved the cake, the coffee was great and it was nice to see y'all again! They each get five stars.

    3 · March 12, 2013

    • Jonas N.

      I definitely agree with you Antony, thank you for having the courage to speak your mind. I really didn't intend for my presentation to come over the way it did. I wanted to instill a sense of urgency that we as a community need to get involved and make sure our interests are served, because those of us who love Ruby want to continue using it.

      The presentation turned into a discussion, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn't an inclusive or constructive discussion with the entire group, we were just a couple of people holding our own conversation.

      I hadn't prepared any slides really, and I just wanted to talk for five minutes as an interim thing, inbetween other talks, instead it turned into an hourlong discussion. That was not my intention.

      March 13, 2013

    • Jonas N.

      I think we need more moderation at these group meetings. We need someone who makes sure that presentations stay within a sensible timeframe, it doesn't need to be strict, but presentations which go on for 90 minutes are unacceptable.

      We need someone who makes sure that speakers can speak their mind without being interrupted. In my case, I really don't mind and I like being challenged, I enjoyed the discussion. But someone who is new to this group and to this community might think that standing up to speak, they would be as forcefully challenged as I was yesterday. Someone who is new and might not be able to defend their stance as well, might shy away from presenting because the environment feels hostile. We as a group need to fix that, we need to be welcoming.

      I take my part of the blame for choosing an antagonizing subject, and not shutting down the discussion harder than I probably should have.

      Thank you for bringing up this subject, I will try to do better in the future.

      2 · March 13, 2013

  • David V.

    Yay for getting the group going again after such a long hiatus! And what a turnout! If we can get 40 people to show up every time there will be no stopping us.

    That said, I agree with Antony. I think that we as a group can do a better job of creating an agenda, setting expectations and steering towards them. It's a lot easier to make a great meetup if we know what we are aiming for, as in more/less presentation, more/less discussion, more/less coding, more/less topics per night. We can do it.

    Thanks for the cake!

    3 · March 13, 2013

  • Tobias L.

    Sorry to cancel so late. The kids have a fever..

    March 12, 2013

  • Suvash T.

    Do give me a call if needed. [masked]

    March 12, 2013

  • Erik S.

    Work got in the way, can't attend. See you next time!

    March 12, 2013

  • Suvash T.

    Yay ! We have two speakers for the event. Theo and Jonas will have presentations based around Ruby.
    We still lack somebody to present Ruby 2.0, if you've been wanting to present on it, do consider this an opportunity.
    Hoping to see you all tomorrow.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • David S.

    We added 10 more slots for late comers. Först till kvarn.

    March 7, 2013

  • Theo H.

    I can say nice things about JRuby

    March 6, 2013

    • Suvash T.

      Sure, sounds nice, please go ahead ! Maybe also make a comparison in between mri ( rbx/ree etc. if possible )

      March 7, 2013

  • Niclas N.

    Ah, bummer! Can't come. Would have been nice to celebrate Ruby turning 20.

    March 6, 2013

  • Erik S.

    Will there be cake?

    March 6, 2013

    • Suvash T.

      can't let you know already :)

      March 6, 2013

  • Suvash T.

    Seems like we do have some fair amount of people attending, so I'd like to take this opportunity to ask the community to set the tone for the event.

    Since the agenda for the meetup is not already concrete, would be great if anyone could present some talks focussed on the broader sense of Ruby.

    Very general ideas along the lines of 'Why we love and use Ruby.', or even better if 'Why we love, and then hate, but still use Ruby.'; would be superb.

    And of course, I'm pretty sure there is somebody in the group, willing to talk about Ruby 2.0 features as well. Do reply to this message and then we can plan the evening.

    March 6, 2013

  • Josh S.

    This will my first meetup with you all, and I'm eagerly awaiting the opportunity to meet you all!

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Patrik B.

    Finally!

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Tamás K.

    I would love to but I'll be out of the country that day :(

    March 5, 2013

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