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LA Ruby / Ruby on Rails April Meetup

  • Apr 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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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.

Jessica Lynn Suttles lives in Santa Monica, CA and is a software engineer at G5 in Bend, OR. She is vegan, loves cats, and being outdoors. Ruby on Rails is her main squeeze, but she is spending more and more time with JavaScript. She enjoys order, simplicity, and going with the flow.

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.

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  • John R

    Based on comments I received, here's some clarification on a topic I mentioned at the end of my presentation (on ruby symbols): Starting with Ruby 1.9, they ported a series of string methods to the Symbol class to operate upon the names of entities in that class. I searched extensively for any statement or speculation on exactly what this was intended for, but all I found was several variations on "I don't know why this is in there, but I guess they had a reason". Obviously, these functions were mostly intended for metaprogramming purposes. Since this was a short "Made Simple" presentation, I only gave this a brief mention as something newbies might see but wouldn't use until they became advanced enough to do serious metaprogramming.

    April 12, 2013

  • Xu C.

    some suggestions for yesterday's meetup (4/11) I suggest we use a better microphone. I barely heard 2nd speaker's voice.

    April 12, 2013

  • Lili K.

    Hello! I was not sure if I would be able to attend, but I am really interested in hearing Jessica's presentation. Is she the first speaker? If so, I might be able to come for the beginning. If not, catch you all at the next meet up. :-)

    April 10, 2013

    • Alf M.

      Lili, generally speakers go in the order they're listed on the meetup, but it's not guaranteed and we do sometimes go out of order depending on speaker preference and availability. I hope you can make it!

      April 11, 2013

  • Oscar T.

    Was going to go but have a prior commitment that just popped up

    April 11, 2013

  • Tegan Monique G.


    April 11, 2013

  • Ira H.

    Back in town early!

    April 10, 2013

  • Herman R.

    Schedule conflict ; /

    April 9, 2013

  • Steven N.

    I will be able to attend afterall. So we're covered on video.

    March 31, 2013

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