Spooky Tales to Tell in the Dark

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Welcome to a special lightning talk edition of our monthly gathering, hosted by Stitch Fix (https://www.stitchfix.com/)! We will feature selection of spooky code tales (each 1-5 minutes), sandwiched with networking and food and drink.

We are dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone. All attendees are expected to abide by the SF.rb code of conduct. The full Code of Conduct can be found here: http://sfdotrb.github.io/

We'll ask you to write your pronoun on your name tag. Want to learn more about why we do this? http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/documents/AskingforNameandPronouns.pdf

Submit a talk for a future meetup: http://tinyurl.com/sf-rb-cfp Need inspiration? Our topic wishlist is here: https://github.com/sfdotrb/organizing/wiki/Topic-Wish-List

Speakers of all programming and speaking experience levels are welcome to submit talks, and we're especially excited to host speakers who come from populations that are underrepresented in tech.


6:30pm — Doors open, food, networking

7:00pm — 8:15pm Lightning Talks

8:15-9pm — More hanging out and talking to nice people


Jade McGough: How Floats Work

We all know that floating point numbers are a bit weird and imprecise, but many programmers never understand exactly why this is. This short talk will explore why we use floats and how they’re represented and handled at the bit level.

Ken Mayer: Digital Preservation Lasts Until The Heat-Death of the Universe or 5 Years, Whichever Comes First

Risa Batta: This is Not a Place for Your Rake Task

Running a rake task in production is sometimes a really bad idea. And sometimes devs can unknowingly be saboteurs.

Aaron VonderHaar: Phone Numbers from Beyond

If you've formatted international phone numbers, you may know that area codes may be two, three, four, or five digits long. But even more shocking truths await those who look further abroad and consider phone numbers from beyond 😈

Mike McGowan: The Shockingly Generous Backer

I was once, briefly, associated with roughly 1500 contributions totaling over $800k on a live Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. This is the story of how that came to be.

Rachel Myers: Deploy Horror Stories

Downtime, unexplainable production bugs, and angsty team infighting are only part of the story. Find out what happened when an otherwise happy and functional engineering team just wanted to ship their code.

Austin Putman: It Was Half Java

When a 3-year Java rewrite lost the support of management, a site serving a million hits a day off Rails < 1.0 needed to be upgraded to modern Rails without downtime. Little did we know the Java servers weren't going to give up without a fight.

Walter Latimer: Unleashing Your Trash Panda

Sometimes, talking to your coworkers can be scary. Especially when they totally don't get you. Once the initial terror as faded, though, you'll be surprised just how much you can learn from them. This talk will equip you with the skills needed to build empathy across teams, and form a bridge with departments that may previously been perceived as adversarial.

Aditya Bhargava: The Perils Of Formatting Money

Formatting money in different currencies, for users in different regions, is *hard*. This talk covers examples of common mistakes people make, and what happens when things go really wrong.


Thanks to Stitch Fix (https://www.stitchfix.com/) for sponsoring SF.rb!

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