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LA Ruby / Ruby on Rails Monthly Meetup

  • Sep 8, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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This month's meetup will be held at Coloft in Santa Monica.

Optimis will be sponsoring food this month.


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


JavaScript Testing in Javascript by John Bender

In spite of the fact that projects like jQuery set a good example with strong test suites and tooling, an enormous amount of Javascript is either untested (see Most Popular jQuery Plugin list) or tested using browser automation. The former results in ritual frustration for developers gluing applications together, and the latter a slow and brittle method for software verification. In this talk John will cover some simple reasons for testing all your Javascript, even the simplest of plugins, in Javascript,  examine some strategies to move more of your testing into the language itself, and finally cover some of the pitfalls you'll encounter when you do.

John Bender is the Director of Engineering at Originate Labs, co-creator of Vagrant, core contributor to jQuery Mobile, all around OSS enthusiast, father, and aspiring cool kid.

Two-way Database Synchronization in Ruby by Evan Dorn and Judson Lester

Evan and Judson will discuss a recent project involving two-way synchronization between MySQL and Oracle databases.

Learning Ruby language and TDD culture through Ruby Koans by Kanak Malshe

In this talk we will discuss more on learning Ruby language, syntax, structure, common functions, and TDD culture through Ruby Koans.

Ruby Koans, developed by Edgecase, walks us through a process of making all the failing(red) tests pass(green) by substituting correct answer for an incorrect one or by supplying our own answer and thus building our knowledge of Ruby. Many interesting aspects of Ruby are explored, and even advanced developers are likely to learn something from the Ruby Koans set.

Kanak is a Software Engineer at AT&T Interactive. She studied computer science at Northeastern University in Boston. After working for about two years in C#.Net and C++ she is now a ROR developer and works on the web team.

Life as a Ruby Developer by Hubert

Life as a Ruby dev is good. You get to immerse yourself in new and intricate puzzles nearly every single day. There has never been a better time (including the late-90s). But why are we settling for just good, when great could be right in front of us? What is truly important to us both now and moving forward? Let's start that discussion.

After a several-year hiatus, Hubert returned to development after discovering rails in 2007. Currently, he is lead developer at Optimis, a health-care software startup targeting the physical therapy and wellness space, and co-founded Complete Seating, a reservations and restaurant management solution. He is also a computer science alumnus of UC Berkeley.


Free parking in streets in the area. Very limited lot parking.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting event and thank you to Optimis for providing the quality pizza and drinks!

    September 11, 2011

  • Dean S.

    I'm a bit of a newbie, so some of the material was over my head. But the people were very nice, and I will consider attending again, as I am considering learning Ruby.

    September 9, 2011

  • Christopher W.

    Great people, delicious food, interesting topics. I hope more ruby meetups happen in West LA!

    September 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting and informative speaker line-up and relaxed atmosphere.

    September 9, 2011

  • Cynthia

    Several excellent talks!

    September 9, 2011

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