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Nashville Women Programmers, Monthly Meeting

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Welcome to Nashville Women Programmers! We host meetings on the second Monday of each month. Come to code, learn, teach, meet like-minded people, and have fun!




This Monday’s Topic

Ruby 101


Eliza Brock

Skill Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Beginner, Intermediate

More On This Monday's Topic

We'll introduce a technique to learn coding called "koans," using a project called Ruby Koans ( (

As it is used in this and other projects, a koan is a small lesson on some aspect of a programming language. Typically with koans, a series of code blocks are presented with corresponding unit tests. However, the tests are not passing. The user can tweak the part they believe is making the code block's test fail, run the test, and when the tests pass, the user knows the code is correct.

This is a great hands on approach to learning a new language, especially if you struggle with where to begin when first trying to write code. You can get started right away with written code and focus on learning an aspect of the language by manipulating the code and seeing how it executes. It's also a great way to get familiar with testing, which all code can utilize to get stronger.

We'll start out by talking more about the Ruby language, koans, and how to get the Ruby koans project working on your computer. Then we'll break into pair programming groups to work on the koans. If possible, please bring your laptop for the hands on learning portion. No worries if you cannot though since we will break into groups.

To read more about koans, visit:

Hope to see you there!





Eventbrite Nashville

Cummins Station

209 Tenth Avenue South

Suite 204

Nashville, TN 37217

(Note: Google Maps might show this address as "Bar Car," "Crowned Heads," or "Robyn Gilliam Hair Design," but it's the right address.)


See more details in the Parking section below.

How To Find Us

The Eventbrite Nashville office is located at 209 Tenth Avenue South, Suite 204, in Cummins Station. Use the South Lobby entrance by the Cinco de Mayo restaurant. The Eventbrite office is straight ahead. Enter the double doors and we will greet you at the front desk, sign you in via iPad, and show you where to go from there.

Meeting Agenda

5:30-6:30 – Arrive, socialize, hack, eat

6:30-7:30 – Lecture

7:30-8:00 – Wrap-up


Every second and fourth Monday, 5:30pm-8:00pm. For the most updated meeting information, check this Meetup group.


This group is hosted by women programmers with the goal to build a welcoming environment to learn and to grow diversity in the programming field.

We have three main goals:

1. Connect women programmers and supporters so that we can have friends with whom to attend other programming events in town.

2. Facilitate discovery and learning of new tech subjects from a speaker who has spent time studying, compiling, and translating information so a beginner to that topic can understand.

3. Provide an encouraging space where people can gain speaking experience, and hopefully go on to speak at local user groups, conferences, etc… thus increasing minority visibility and inspiring other underrepresented people in tech.


We embrace the Lambda Jam Conference Diversity Policy ( and welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification.

What to Bring

- A laptop, tablet, smartphone, or pen/paper if you would like. None of these are required though.

- Questions on any tech topics or careers in tech.

- Any guests who are also interested in learning to code and/or increasing diverse participation in tech.

- Our meeting overlaps with dinner. Feel free to bring a packed meal or pick up something on the way there.

What to Expect

- Free to attend.

- Free internet.

- Our group has adopted the Hacker School Social Rules ( We seek to provide an environment of encouragement, openness, and support so all who attend can feel comfortable, welcome, and free to ask questions and grow.


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Bike Parking

Free bike parking is available in front of Cummins Station. Don't forget your bike lock and reflectors for riding home at night!

Less Than $1 or Free Street Parking

A few parallel parking spaces are available along the front of Cummins Station that go free at 6pm. A few of these spots are reserved for valet in the evenings, so if you see a valet sign, park elsewhere.

There are also parallel parking spaces that go free at 6pm on the nearby streets of Clark Place and Lea Avenue.

If you arrive earlier than 6pm, put in just enough exact change to cover you until the spots go free.

Paid Lot Parking - Further, But Less Expensive

The Frist parking lot is also available across the street from Cummins Station.

Non-Visitor Rates: $1.50 first 1/2 hour; $6 first hour; $3 each additional hour; $24 daily max; special events as posted.

Note that this parking lot is closer to the north side of Cummins Station and Eventbrite is on the south side. If the weather is nasty outside, feel free to walk to the south side of the building within Cummins Station.

More info on The First parking lot:

Paid Lot Parking - Closer, But More Expensive

Two paid parking lots are available across from Cummins Station. Last time we inquired, the rates after 5pm were $6/hour, with a maximum evening cost of $12.
[masked]th Ave South:
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If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us, your organizers, via Meetup. We look forward to seeing you!