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LA Ruby / Ruby on Rails May Meetup

  • May 14, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This month's meetup will be held at YP headquarters in Glendale. YP will also be sponsoring food.



7:00 – 7:15 Open
7:15 – 7:30 Introductions
7:30 – 9:00 Presentations
9:00 – 10:00 Open / Networking


We need presentations for this meetup! Each meetup features 3-4 presentations of 30 minutes each, and should pertain to Ruby / Ruby on Rails, or be of general interest to the Ruby community. Please contact Alf Mikula if you are interested in presenting. Include a title, brief summary of your proposed presentation, and a brief bio about yourself. Please see past meetups for examples.


Ruby Made Simple: Iterators + Code Blocks by John Schmidt

An entry level introduction to using iterators and code blocks in Ruby.


Revisited Kata: Post Clojure Influence by Daniel Dyba

Two years ago I worked on one of Dave Thomas' kata Data Munging. Just last week I completed the same Kata only this time, in between completing each run I picked up Clojure along the way. This talk will take a look back at my first approach and compare it with the more recent approach and discuss some of the thoughts that went on when designing the new solution. Some of the thoughts I will share came from what I have grokked so far from functional programming and Clojure.

I've been programming for four years, spending most of my time learning about Ruby and Rails. I work as a Network Security Engineer and have long been contemplating working with software full-time. This year I began my job search to switch careers and am very excited about that. In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing, teaching myself foreign languages, and learning about how to learn. You can find me on twitter: @dyba.


Level up your skills with Ruby code-diving by Evan Dorn

Hunting through other people's code can be intimidating -- especially in large, spaghettified, and heavily meta-programmed codebases like Rails. Even just finding a method definition can be a royal pain.  But sometimes StackOverflow doesn't have the explanation for that annoying exception deep inside ActiveSupport, and there's just no solution but code diving. I'll introduce a bunch of tools, techniques, and quick tips that are useful when diving headfirst into the spooky depths of Rails. With a little knowledge and practice, you'll be swimming through foreign code like a pro.

I'm a lifetime geek/hacker/engineer/scientist/maker and obsessive creative, and part-time evil capitalist.  A few years ago I left science for a while to turn my web development hobby into a career, and founded Logical Reality Design, Inc.  LRD is a webdev contracting firm with a distributed workforce of L.A. area locals.  We've done all sorts of work for all sorts of clients, but lately have specialized in startups, code rescue, and Ruby on Rails development.

Rails As She Is Spoke by Giles Bowkett

The greatest failure in the history of linguistic scholarship was English As She Is Spoke, a Portugese->English phrasebook written in the 1800s by a man who spoke not a single word of English. He built his book by combining a French->English dictionary with a Portguese->French phrasebook. (He did not speak French either.) As a long-time Rails developer, I love Rails, but I can't help noticing how much the Rails relationship to classical OOP terminology reminds me of English As She Is Spoke. This talk will go into detail, shed light on some of Rails's more befuddling quirks, and help you reason about your Rails applications and code with more clarity than ever before.

Giles Bowkett's been building Rails apps since 2005. He's given countless presentations and written two ebooks on Rails. He's one bad mother - shut your mouth. (Just talking about Giles.)



Park in the guest parking for 611 N. Brand. There are entrances on Brand, Doran, and Sanchez. YP will validate your parking.

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  • Evan D.

    I'd like to upload my slides but slideshare has apparently been unable to accept keynote slides for several months. Does anyone know of a good solution that is compatible with Keynote?

    May 17, 2013

    • Evan D.

      Rico: I've tried both zipped and non-zipped, with and without the .key extension. Tried each at least three times. In all cases, Slideshare says "unsupported extension". I found a post to their forum where their staff said "Sorry we are having trouble converting Keynote and iWork files, we will let you know when it is working again." That post was from December 2012, so it was six months ago. I don't know what the deal is, and I haven't found any other slide sharing site that supports keynote.

      May 19, 2013

    • Giles M.

      Hey Evan if you export it as a PDF you can upload it to SpeakerDeck.

      May 28, 2013

  • Giles M.

    Hey y'all I finally posted the slides from my talk:

    Sorry it took so long!

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Kit P.

    Fun and informative. I enjoyed meeting everyone and the presenters were very knowledgeable.

    May 20, 2013

  • Oscar T.

    I really enjoy it Carlo gave a great presentation. Food was good and the people excellent.

    May 16, 2013

  • Mieczysław Daniel D.

    Does anyone have Ryan's contact info? He made a spaceship game and I wanted to ask what gems he used to build the user interface.

    1 · May 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Daniel! Please email Ryan at [masked]. He'll be happy to share. Great talk on Tuesday. We really enjoyed it.

      1 · May 16, 2013

  • Asma T.

    Great meetup..good learning and good fun!

    May 15, 2013

  • Evan D.

    Great meetup this time!

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Oscar T.

    Love it ... Funny entertaining and good learning experience. Great speakers.

    May 14, 2013

    • Bruce

      I agree. Thank you to all the speakers who presented.

      May 15, 2013

  • Oscar T.

    I laughed so hard tonight great meetup excellent presenters

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Troy W.

    I have written a step by step tutorial on Twitter Bootstrap for Rails for new Rails learners. The tutorial is on Github.

    May 14, 2013

  • Andreas

    Hopefully not too late to the party. Without a car this week. Would need a ride from the Santa Monica / Venice area.

    May 14, 2013

    • Andreas

      I'm in Venice on Walgrove, but if you do not want to go south due to traffic, I can meet you - just let me know and thanks for the offer.

      May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Andreas, I'll be picking up Mariana in Venice. I can pick up up, too if you like.

      May 14, 2013

  • David B.

    I'm excited to meet you all! It's my first Ruby meetup.

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want a ride from the westside? Got room for one more

    May 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks guys! Stewart, I just wrote you back.

      May 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We're all set, Mariana. See you tomorrow! (and everyone else)

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • Macelle L.

    how much would it cost to sponsor food?

    April 16, 2013

    • Alf M.

      Food sponsorship costs vary. Imagine that you're trying to provide dinner for 50% of the RSVP's. Ie, 60 RSVP's -> dinner for 30. Sponsors arrange food delivery and pay the bill directly. I'm guessing it costs around $250. We do have a sponsor lined up for this meetup already.

      May 8, 2013

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