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The Rails View: The Junk Drawer Grows Up & Derek Williams Geek Comedy

  • Oct 17, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Grow Interactive


For something different, we will be opening this meetup with a small bout of geek comedy from comedian Derek Williams. Huge thanks to Brandon Flade for the idea and introductions!

The Rails View - You like Ruby. You know how to write it and refactor it. Controllers and Models are Ruby: fantastic, superb! Views, on the other hand, while Ruby — are also mixed with HTML, JavaScript (or CoffeeScript), and CSS (or SCSS). In this mixed environment it’s easy to drop your high code standards and turn the top of the Rails stack into a nasty, brittle mess just to get things done. How do you recover, or even better, avoid the trap in the first place? How can you get to the point where you treat your views like code you’re confident in? We'll cover 10 simple rules you can follow immediately to transform the way you write, think, and feel about Rails views. We'll also look at some cutting edge techniques with SCSS, SVG imagery, and more in some recent projects the speaker has been working on.

John Athayde - (Internal Tools UI/UX/Front End Lead at LivingSocial) - is a UI/UX/Design type who comes from an architecture (of the building variety) background. He's been in the Rails community since 2006 and has broad experience in e-commerce and running creative teams. He is currently leading the design and view development on Internal Tools at LivingSocial. Prior to LivingSocial he was the Design guy at InfoEther and ran Hyphenated People, a UI/UX Consultancy with Amy Hoy. He also runs Meticulous, a design and film company, in his free time.

Derek Williams (Comedian) - is a geek comic who has been making audiences laugh for years. In his usual geeky fashion he talks about everything from video games and computers to nerd pop culture. Who else watches Star Wars while driving with headphones? Derek has been all over VA and has performed at Cozzy's Comedy Club in Newport News and also at the Funnybone comedy club mainly in VA Beach but has also graced the stage in Richmond. Derek is also a two time winner at the Va Beach Funnybones monthly contest Clash of the comics. He also co-founded the Geek's night of Comedy also done at the Funnybone. Derek will perform anywhere and loves to perform at conventions for anime, comic books, and video gaming. Sure to make you laugh, enjoy comedian Derek Williams.

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