LA Ruby / Ruby on Rails June Meetup

  • June 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This month's meetup will be held at Scout Advertising in Culver City.

We do not yet have a food sponsor. Please contact Alf Mikula if you are interested in 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.


You've built a rails app. Now share it quickly with Heroku by Clark Li

Learn how to get your rails app up and running on Heroku.


An Introduction to Using Elasticsearch with Ruby Apps by Andrew Cholakian

ElasticSearch Crash Course: Search is a must-have for many modern applications. Integrating it, however, can be tricky. In this talk you'll be introduced to the basics of elasticsearch and information retrieval. Additionally, integrating elasticsearch into rails in a highly reliable and performant manner will be discussed.

Andrew Cholakian works as a Systems Engineer at Pose, where he spearheaded ElasticSearch backend team. He's the author of an in development book on elasticsearch at, and is the author of the Stretcher elasticsearch ruby gem. He also is a semi-regular blogger, and has been a part of the LA Startup scene for the past 4 years.


Class Registry: a Ruby Design Pattern by Judson Lester

Decoupling components of any program often leads to better testability and smaller, easier to understand parts. The actual classes being used are a place where coupling happens, though. We'll talk about an approach to disentangling class use, as well as touching on the idea of design patterns in general.

Judson is the VP of Engineering at Logical Reality Deisng and has been programming in Ruby for longer than he cares to recall.



There is parking right at the entrance (look for the "Scout Advertising" spaces, and across Virginia Ave. See map here:

There is also street parking available.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good. I'm always impressed by the quality presentations of Ruby meetups. The Heroku talk had great discussion going. The ElasticSearch talk is amazing, my favorite one out of the three (I'm into NLP and clustering)!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone's interested in the slides to my elasticsearch talk, they're available as a markdown document here: . If you're interested in learning more about elasticsearch, I'm writing a free book at

    June 14, 2013

  • jendiamond

    Good talks

    June 14, 2013

  • bicky

    I may know a few venues. Is everyone willing to venture out to the Westside or Sherman Oaks?

    June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If looking for the westside I do know a few places as well. Let me know,

      June 4, 2013

    • Alf M.

      Generally I try to have the meetups on the Westside (where we have plenty of venues), Central (Downtown LA or Hollywood), or Eastside (Glendale / Burbank / Pasadena). I'd be willing to give Sherman Oaks a try though.

      June 10, 2013

  • Matti S

    Looking forward to it! Don't mind either location, as long as I can wrap up work early enough I can make either spot

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, will there be a meetup this week?

    May 20, 2013

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