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Big Nerf Guns + Ruby and Let’s talk about testing - Justin Herrick and Tan Tran

Big Nerf Guns and Ruby
The Amazon Dash Button + Ruby + and a Big Nerf Gun. Learn how to use hack an Amazon Dash button to trigger ruby code, in this case, to fire a nerf gun controlled by a raspberry pi.

Lets talk about Testing
We all know the acronyms (TDD, BDD, DIC, CI, etc), but sometimes I worry we lose sight of the meaning behind it all. It’s time to talk about testing patterns and paradigms by focusing first on the basics and working our way up from there. Why do we test? What do these acronyms mean and how many of them do we need? What is test fragility and why is 100% code coverage so hard to maintain? Are we even testing correctly? It’s time to find out.

Tan Tran is co-founder of GameSalad and it’s Director of Web Development. Somehow Nola convinced him to switch the company to Ruby on Rails and he’s been a fan for ruby ever since. (Sure! blame me! -Nola)

Justin Herrick is a developer, educator, and founder of the  software consultancy Lunar Collective. He has worked for clients of all sizes building applications across multiple languages, including Ruby, C#, and Clojure. He loves learning new languages and tackling new problems, and is always eager to share with others.


Space - by Capital Factory
Food - by GameSalad
Stickers and Meetup - by RubyGeekLLC

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  • Michael E. M.

    Thanks to Tan Tran and Game Salad for buying dinner. Tan’s talk, “Amazon Dash Button and Raspberry PI and a Really Bib Nerf Gun” was a good example of the neat little hacks that you can do with Ruby, or, really in any context. Basically, used the address resolution protocol to find the gives IP address of the consumer gizmo, then, using Ruby on a Raspberry PI with PIface, he programmed a 25-cartridge Nerf machine gun to fire wirelessly with a click.

    1 · October 8

    • Abram

      Sorry I missed it. Sounds like a fun session

      October 8

  • Nola S.

    Interesting talks :)

    October 3

  • Michael E. M.

    I just said that I will be there... sheesh! ...

    October 1

  • Michael E. M.

    I have been away from the group on Secret Squirrel Stuff... You will understand when you see me...

    October 1

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