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LA Ruby / Ruby on Rails July Meetup

  • Jul 14, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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This month's meetup will be held at AT&T Interactive Headquarters in Glendale.

AT&T Interactive is sponsoring food for this month's meetup.


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


activerecord-hive-adapter by Masahji Stewart

Recipes for solving big data problems using Hive+Hadoop and Ruby

In this talk we'll explore a few simple ways for Ruby developers to break into the world of distributed data problems with the style and simplicity that Rubyists are used to.

Masahji Stewart is the founder of Synctree, a Ruby and Hadoop consulting company based in Altadena, CA. At Synctree, he helps clients come up with elegant solutions to big data and web services problems using Ruby. In his spare time he enjoys having convincing discussions with naysayers about why Ruby rocks.

Developer-friendly Gem Development by Mani Tadayon

Gems are one of ruby's key strengths. When you package code as a gem, you create a modular library with fully-specified dependencies, concise documentation and focused tests. Based on my study of awesome gems like Cucumber, VCR and HTTParty as well as my own work on gems like Yacht, I've learned that the best gems are developer-friendly. These gems invite developers to grab the code and start hacking with ease and joy. I'll talk about how to use simple tools like Bundler, RVM, YARD & Cucumber to create your own gem. I'll also talk about working with a gemspec file directly without fancy tools or confusing code. Finally, I'll discuss some tips on how to organize your files, document your gem, and handle versioning.

Mani is a Senior Software Engineer at AT&T Interactive. He studied foreign languages at UC Berkeley, computer science at Cal State Hayward and is now a graduate student in Geography at Cal State Northridge.

You got your type class in my jQuery: Functors by John Bender

Some of the more abstract concepts encountered while learning/using Haskell, and other functional programming languages, deter people from exploring them because they initially appear to dense and difficult to learn. In this talk I'll cover one of the foundational type classes in Haskell inspired by category theory, demonstrate that as a web developer you're likely using a pattern that is nearly identical every day, and hopefully convince you that just because they are oddly named, Functors are nothing to be afraid of.

John Bender is the Director of Engineering at Originate Labs, co-creator of Vagrant, core contributor to jQuery Mobile, all around OSS enthusiast, father, and aspiring cool kid.

Using Procfile to bootstrap your Ruby app by Morten Bagai

Learn how to effectively use a Procfile to bootstrap your Ruby app and its dependencies.

Morten Bagai works for Heroku.


You may park in guest parking for the 611 N. Brand Bl., or anywhere else in the 611 parking structures. Use the entrance on Brand or right next to the Bank of America ATM lot on Doran. AT&T Interactive will validate your parking ticket, so don't forget to bring it into the building with you.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Long, but worth staying for the whole thing.

    July 15, 2011

  • Dan M.

    Great speakers and topics this month!

    July 15, 2011

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