LA Ruby / Ruby on Rails September UnConference Meetup

  • September 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This month's meetup will be held at ZestFinance in Hollywood. ZestFinance is also sponsoring food.

This month we're trying something new: An UnConference-style meetup, where we'll decide on what talks and sessions to have on the night of the meetup.

We have three different rooms available, perfect for everyone to choose between presentations, discussions, and workshops available in each of the meeting rooms.

Please discuss your ideas and thoughts on sessions you'd like to lead or participate in, in the comments section for this meetup.

Schedule

7:00 – 7:30 Open / Session planning
7:30 – 8:20 First Session
8:20 9:10 Second Session
9:10 – 10:00 Third Session

Presentations

Plan a presentation, tutorial, discussion, etc., in the comments section. Show up for the planning session at the beginning of the meetup and we'll get you on the schedule!

Parking

ZestFinance is providing parking for this event. The parking lot is at 1632 N Los Palmas, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Make sure you tell them you're here for the meetup at Zest!

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  • Alexander T.

    Thanks everyone for coming! We'll be happy to host the meetup again in a future.

    September 13, 2013

  • Anna M.

    Great event, nice people and worth treking the offices of ZestFinance.

    September 13, 2013

  • Anna M.

    This was one of the best meetups Alf, I know that I would gladly come back to one like this. Great seeing old friends and making a few new ones. Thank you!!

    September 13, 2013

  • Alf M.

    Thanks to Alex Tamoykin and everybody else at ZestFinance for helping out with last night's meetup! I'd say the experiment was a big success, and I look forward to having more meetups like this in the future!

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Totally agree. More of this in the future, please! :-)

      September 13, 2013

  • Waseem A.

    It was a great Meetup. Some very good talks and discussions.

    September 13, 2013

  • Brian B.

    Thanks for hosting, ZestFinance, it was a great time and an interesting format

    September 13, 2013

  • George

    Thanks to ZestFinance for awesome catering! And thank you to Michael Hartl for the insights into developing a successful information product business.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Michael M.

    I want to talk about Test organization: segregating an object's test types into files, phrasing the string argument to your test methods appropriately, and making other choices that will stimulate the way you are thinking about testing.

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Michael M.

      I'm held up at work tonight but would like to give this presentation at the next meetup.

      September 12, 2013

  • Todd Z

    Sorry, can't make it tonight - too much work.

    September 12, 2013

  • Alexander T.

    Hi everyone,

    We're excited to host the September LA Ruby Meet-up at ZestFinance! There is a lot of good proposals. Our Zest engineers will give some interesting talks. We have lots of food, feel free to come over.

    See you all at 7.

    Cheers,
    Alex

    September 12, 2013

    • Alexander T.

      First talk starts at 7:30. If you come at 7 pm, you should be fine.

      September 12, 2013

    • Steven N.

      Perfect. Thanks!

      September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to talk about a BDD/TDD framework I wrote. Here's my intro to it:

    ====================
    How I Wrote My Own BDD Framework

    Curious about how Cucumber does its magic, I decided to create my own human-language testing framework. In this presentation, I will share what I've learned about lexers & parsers (they're not that hard), and other coding curiosities that I picked up as I wrote this ~500 LOC gem called 'manamana'

    Mark Maglana is a technical product manager at Morphlabs where he facilitates the design and implementation of items in the endless pit that is the product roadmap. His first open source project is Redmine Backlogs which he created back in 2009. To date, he continues to write open source libraries whenever time permits.
    ====================

    3 · August 29, 2013

    • JR F.

      I could see this one packing a room! Sounds excellent.

      September 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Talk to you guys tonight!

      September 12, 2013

  • Rico Rodriquez C.

    I'm sorry to bail at the last minute, but I'm about 70% sure that I won't be able to make it tonight due to some issues we're working on. So I freed up my spot. See you guys soon.

    September 12, 2013

  • Brett U.

    Anybody interested in getting Rails setup with Neo4j (or other graph) as a db? We have been working with Neo4j at Uninteractive, but I think it would be cool to see what LARuby devs might do with a graph, how we should test such an application running a graph, and some of the challenges we might facing using one in production.

    I could give a short presentation on getting setup and supply sample challenges for hacking.

    2 · September 5, 2013

    • Brett U.

      Sadly I cannot make it tonight. Hopefully someone can pickup this idea tonight. I will get refine my presentation for next month.

      September 12, 2013

  • John R

    My suggestion is what I might title Workshop & Forum on Professional Tools, Practices & Workflow. This would be geared in part for aspiring or beginning developers, but hopefully of interest to others also.

    We could start out with perhaps a general chat about the skills and habits that an aspiring ruby developer needs to cultivate, briefly mentioning topics such as:

    Git
    irb and Pry
    Ruby coding standards
    Editors, IDEs (if anyone uses one regularly), and other software tools
    Workflow habits
    Cucumber and Rspec

    Then, according to the interest of the group, we can informally get our hands dirty on some of the things on the list, show each other on our machines how we use them, ask questions and try stuff out. For example, people who have never used Git can set up a sample Git project and play with staging, commits and branches while others watch and coach them. Same with irb and Pry, or perhaps even Cucumber.

    1 · September 6, 2013

    • JR F.

      Sounds like a lot to cover in one session - but I think the Git portion of the session would be helpful for people that are not use to working with commits and branches.

      September 10, 2013

    • John R

      I don't know if we can fill up a whole session with an unscripted discussion of tools and workflow, but it would be great if we did. Since it looks like we may need more sessions anyway, maybe hands-on demos and tutoring can be another session. Start with Git, then let people experiment with Irb and Pry if we need to fill out the session.

      September 11, 2013

  • Nathan D.

    I 'm interested in sharing - http://Codewars.com, a platform for Ruby challenges (of course built in Ruby/Rails).

    Codewars.com - Achieve Ruby Mastery through Challenge

    Built in Ruby to help improve Ruby skills. Codewars helps users acheve code mastery through kata, short code challenges (in Ruby and JS) that range in difficulty. Come hear about how we built a platform that executes/compiles users code (safely) and created a challenge format based on test cases that supports user-created kata.

    4 · September 2, 2013

    • Peter A.

      Looking forward to hearing more about this. Are you guys out of beta? I'm getting "Unknown Server Error" on submits right now .... :-)

      September 6, 2013

    • Peter A.

      Got it to work. Have enjoyed the site and climbing the ranks. Can't wait to hear how you made running of Ruby code "safe" on your site!

      September 10, 2013

  • Claudio B.

    Good morning! Here is proposals for the UnConference.
    It's called "The pleasure of coding". Most of us sit 8 hours a day in front of a screen writing Ruby code. Once in a while we lift our head and exclaim "Yeah! This code I wrote is so perfect! That's why I love my job!". What makes you say that? What part of Ruby programming is the one that gets you more excited? I'm not talking about team building, product management or money… I'd like to focus on coding itself. Think of an AA meeting where people can share all kind of code-related things: how they enjoy making the whole code fit in 80-characters line; how they like keeping their git history clean; how they made the whole app run on an Amiga server.

    I think sharing these insights and the details and how and why they make some of us happy can bring up a healthy discussion and possibly make us all improve and have more "Yeah!" moments in our work.

    What do you think?

    2 · September 3, 2013

    • Alf M.

      I like it! Sounds like a great topic for a group discussion.

      September 6, 2013

    • JR F.

      Very cool idea Claudio!

      September 10, 2013

  • Eric L.

    Can't wait to go to these! Moving back to LA soon from Austin. They have a great Ruby community here and it looks like it's aiming to be a smooth transition. Looking forward to meeting you all soon.

    September 4, 2013

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