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LA Ruby / Ruby on Rails August Meetup

  • Aug 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This month's meetup will be held in Santa Monica. (location disclosed to members).

We do not yet have a food sponsor. Please contact Alf Mikula if you are interested in sponsoring food.


7:00 – 7:15 Open
7:15 – 7:30 Introductions
7:30 – 9:00 Presentations
9:00 – 10:00 Open / Networking


We need presentations for this meetup! Each meetup features 3-4 presentations of 30 minutes each, and should pertain to Ruby / Ruby on Rails, or be of general interest to the Ruby community. Please contact Alf Mikula if you are interested in presenting. Include a title, brief summary of your proposed presentation, and a brief bio about yourself. Please see past meetups for examples.

Translate your Rails app into 10 languages in less than 10 minutes by Michael Berkovich

So you have built (or are building) a great website or an awesome mobile app and you are ready to grow it internationally (or locally) by supporting multiple languages?!? Then this presentation is for you. Don’t miss it!
During the presentation we will demonstrate how to use Tr8n translation framework to internationalize and localize your Rails application into any number of foreign languages. We will build a simple Rails app, integrate the SDK and use Translation Markup Language (TML) to mark which content needs to be translated. Then we will use inline translation tools and widgets to translate the app into a few foreign languages.

Tr8n SDK is a free technology/framework provided by, a cloud-based continuous localization service. The service facilities translation exchange across all platforms and all languages by matching contextual translations and sharing them across applications. TranslationExchange uses machine translations and crowd-sourced translations to bootstrap the process. Then it uses a network of professional translators to verify and approve translations to provide high quality results.
You can learn more about Tr8n and TML by visiting:

Before starting, Michael was one of the key engineers at, a family based social networking site that aims at building a family tree of the entire world. While at Geni, Michael helped to spin off Yammer Inc, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012. Later same year, Geni was acquired by MyHeritage Inc. Prior to Geni and Yammer, Michael was a lead engineer at Digital Evolution and SOA Software.

Rails Girls Summer of Code: The Standard Librarians by Jen Diamond

The Standard Librarians are working to make the Ruby Standard Library more accessible to it's users, especially for beginners. The basis for this project is the existing ruby-docs and the inspiration of Why's TryRuby. This talk will discuss how they are approaching the creation of this open source project, how it is being made, the methods they are employing to create it and how RGSoC is helping make that happen.

Cryptography for Web Programmers by Judson Lester

A light primer on how we use cryptography to secure websites, as a practical overview. Bonus material: RSA explained.

Judson Lester is co-owner of Logical Reality Design, a web development contract house in Pasadena, focused on startup acceleration.


There is ample street parking nearby. Do not park in the spots behind the building, or you will get towed.

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  • Stephanie

    Hi All,

    Thanks for having us and for your excellent questions and discussion. Here is the link to our presentation:

    August 18, 2014

  • Judson L.

    I've posted my Crypto presentation at - comments welcome.

    August 18, 2014

  • Mark D.

    First meet up ever. Enjoyed it. Thanks for the great presentations too. I've been thinking about what I can blast into space all day....

    August 15, 2014

  • Michael B.

    Thanks to everyone for attending my presentation! And special thanks to Alf Mikula for organizing the meetup.

    Here are the slides from the presentation:

    If you have any questions about Tr8n & TML or would love to learn more about our technology, please don't hesitate to contact me: michael at

    If you would like to learn more about our JavaScript SDK, Node.JS and Express.JS integration, please come to the following meetup:

    August 15, 2014

  • Ken L.

    Enjoyed the presentations. Looking forward to playing with Tr8n and seeing the results of the Standard Librarians. Judson's crypto presentation was also enlightening.

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Coloft for hosting the event, and thanks to all the sponsors. I learned a lot from the presentations. Especially intrigued by the concept of Mob programming. And Judson's crypto presentation was highly informative and entertaining. Thanks to all the presenters!

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to the Cryptography presentation. It's one of my favorite topics.

    August 14, 2014

    • Bo R.

      Same here!

      August 14, 2014

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