LA Ruby May Meetup

  • May 12, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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April's meetup will be held at Jobspring Partners in Westwood.


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



Intro to jQuery Mobile by John Bender

An introduction to the short history, ideas, and implementation behind jQuery Mobile.

John Bender is an oss fan/polyglot, Director of Engineering at Originate Labs, a Vagrant team member, and a jQuery Mobile team member.


Intro to Async with Ruby's Goliath by Andrew Cholakian

Async IO and reactors for high concurrency are all the rage these days for with various reactor implementations such as EventMachine and Node.js gaining in popularity. Goliath is a new EventMachine library, by one of ruby's most prolific authors, Ilya Grigorik. In this talk Andrew will walk you through the pluses and minuses of async programming in ruby, and provide a brief intro to using the Goliath framework.

Andrew Cholakian has been a rubyist for the last 5 years and is the author of two eventmachine gems, em-zeromq, and dripdrop. Andrew is currently the CTO of, a Santa Monica based startup. For more info about Andrew you can read his blog at


Rapid Prototyping FTW!!!: Serve, Pow, Guard & Heroku by Emmanuel Mwangi 

How you can use Serve ( with Pow ( and Guard ( to rapidly sketch layouts, brainstorm ideas and get clickable mockups without writing throwaway code or getting caught up writing models and controllers.  

As a bonus, you can use this stack as a secret weapon in collaboration with designers and empower them to give you front-end files for your Rails app without recoding.

Emmanuel Mwangi is a Ruby on Rails developer specializing in Front-End Development and Mobile Design.  He has worked with The Hybrid Group, Biola University and others.  He is currently a freelance developer and is passionate about teaching others how to code and growing the Ruby and Web Development communities.


Shell-Scripting The Webbernets by Giles Bowkett

Ever found a web site which sucked? Of course you did. In 2011, with the ubiquitous proliferation of APIs, RSS, and modern Web technologies, there's no excuse for complaining. You can just get in there and fix it. We'll look at several sites Giles has tuned to his personal preferences without any participation from the sites themselves: Clueful Google, a Google hack which makes Google useful for JavaScript developers; Hacker Newspaper, a Hacker News with better typography, much faster performance, and best of all, no discussions or comments; Minimal Bitly and Minimal GitHub, versions of those sites with super-clean user experiences, streamlined for only the use cases Giles was personally interested in; and best of all, dotjs, a terrific project which allowed Giles to remove annoyances from Twitter and other web sites. You'll see along the way how you too can rewrite the entire internet to suit your personal convenience without spending a lot of time.

Giles Bowkett rides the wild plains a-rustlin his sombrero. He is a loud-voiced ruffian and a hooker with a heart of gold. Programming Ruby since 2005, speaker at many many conferences, you can scope out his nifty projects at, which was built with Node.js and the GitHub API.

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  • Gerald F.

    Great talks and people. Was my first meetup for Ruby - good energy/vibe, people just want to help out.

    May 13, 2011

  • Jamey I.

    It was great to have 50+ members of the LA Ruby on Rails community present last night!
    Thanks for everyone who made it out.

    May 13, 2011

  • Rob S.

    Great speeches, great pizza & beer, great company!

    May 13, 2011

  • Justin C.

    Great presentations.

    May 13, 2011

  • Emmanuel M.

    First time speaking on Ruby but, the experience was all great. My talk seemed to go well, met alot of great and interesting people. The other presentations were awesome, informative and talked well about pressing issues and modern ways to deal with them.

    May 13, 2011

  • Gerald F.

    Sounds like an great lineup for presentations - looking forward.

    May 12, 2011

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