This month's meetup will be held at the new Pivotal Labs office in Santa Monica. Pivotal Labs 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
Women & Computing by Jessica Lynn Suttles
Women were making exciting advances in computing before there were even computers to program. The past two centuries have seen women accomplish ground breaking feats that shape how we compute today. In the 1800s Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer program; in the 1950s Grace Hopper wrote the first compiler. In this talk I'll explore the accomplishments of women in our field: the successes, the obstacles, and the declinging trends. I'll close with where we are today and how you can play an active role in the advancement of women in computing.
Ruby Made Simple: Symbols by John Schmidt
A brief introduction to the use and importance of symbols in Ruby. Symbols are a very powerful feature in Ruby, and every language should have them!
Rescuing Resque: an Open Source Story by Steve Klabnik
Resque was a project that many people use, but had not been maintained for a while. What do you do when this happens? Steve will share with you what's going on with Resque, and how you can save your own projects after they become too much to bear.
Steve is a Ruby Hero, open source enthusiast and a Rails committer busy getting Rails 4 out of the door. By day, he maintains a bunch of gems and teaches Ruby and Rails with Jumpstart Lab. He has authored "Designing Hypermedia APIs," "Rust for Rubyists," and is working on "Rails 4 in Action."
Outside-In Development by Jonathan Barnes and Michael McCormick
A presentation about driving out a feature using tools and common sense to end up with the simplest reasonable implementation possible and why I think it is a good way to develop code. I plan to show a couple of slides and dive into a pseudo live coding example of how to do it.
Jonathan and Michael are engineers at Pivotal Labs.
Park in the back parking lot or on the street. You'll be able to enter from either the back door at the parking lot, or through the front door on Wilshire.