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Code Clinic (InstallFest and Ruby and Rails Intros)

The next meetup of the NovaRUG will be devoted to getting beginners up to speed. We will have an InstallFest, some Intros to Ruby and Rails and Code Clinic to get new developers set up and moving.

The bulk of this meeting will be a Code Clinic / Newbie Help. Bring your problems (Ruby-related :-) and machines. No guarantees, but we'll try to help people get setup and resolve their issues. Even if you don't have any issues, please come; maybe you can help somebody else, even if you don't feel qualified. And whether you're helping, being helped, or just listening, I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities to learn.

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Now on to the Code Clinic Agenda:

Installing Ruby and Rails (Larger Room)

The InstallFest will be from 6:00 to 7:00, with all other activities beginning 7:00 and beyond.

If possible, please install Ruby and Rails before you arrive, but if you want help or get stuck, we will have an installfest from 6:00 to 7:00.  To install Ruby on a Mac OS or Unix system, installing rvm is recommended (  There is a command listed there that will install both Ruby and Rails:

\curl -L | bash -s stable --rails

On a Mac, you'll need to have XCode and its command line utilities installed.  This is a multi-gigabyte download, so don't wait for the meeting to do this!

Introductions to Ruby and to Ruby on Rails (Larger Room)

There will be two 15-or-so-minute introductory presentations, one each for Ruby and Rails. Keith Bennett will give the Ruby intro and Andrew Wagner will give the Rails intro.

Code Clinic (Smaller Room at First, then we will open up the Full Space after the Intro sessions are over) The code clinic is free form.  Although you are free to work on your own, the intention is for people to help each other out with questions and problems.  We hope to have a good mix of experience and skill levels represented.

One online suggestion is Ruby Koan exercises (  They're done independently, but we expect to have helpers for when you're stuck or just have a question. These are great for beginners because they guide you through the problems online.

Another online suggestion is the Ruby Quiz. Here you will work on implementing a solution to a programming problem.  There are some available online, or you're free to make up your own.

In Conclusion. Wow. That sounds sort of complex. If so, don't worry. Basically, the main task for the night is to work with anyone who wants to get set up on Ruby and Rails to get them going!

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  • Gray H.

    Thank you to Keith and Andrew who helped out tremendously by taking on running the bulk of this meeting for us, when I had to bug out after only one hour due to a (now minor, thankfully) family medical issue. This was a very hands on one, that isn't easy to pull off. Also, thanks to the those that helped out as experts (I think is was Alberto and Steve at least who stepped up), in addition to Keith and Andrew.

    Sounds like things worked out great.

    November 6, 2012

  • Veera

    Very exciting and helpful group. much appreciated. Looking forward to participate and involve more..

    November 6, 2012

  • Dave J

    Really good free-form kind of meetup. Learned a lot of useful things and got help from one of the coaches -- thanks!

    November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed the Install part of the event. Keith And Andrew were very informative ane helpful

    November 6, 2012

  • Keith B.

    Also, I looked more deeply into the class variable issue we discussed, and came up with the following to illustrate the difference between the "class variable" and "class instance variable" approaches:

    P.S. Kudos to John and Dennis for "checking in" to the meetup. I didn't know you could do that! :)

    November 6, 2012

  • Keith B.

    Hey everyone...thanks for coming. John, thanks for the photos. Special welcome to the new people, it was cool to see your enthusiasm and interest. If you liked this evening and would like more, please say so. Maybe we can talk Andrew into doing a Rails class too. ;)

    November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tons of learning!

    November 5, 2012

  • Joe B.

    I would be interested in a discussion of "best practices" being used in terms of project directory structure, editors/IDE's and so on

    Joe Brown

    November 2, 2012

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