• What we'll do
It's about time! I'll talk about some highlights from RubyConf, and we'll be joined by John Sawers from Boston to talk about integrating with a new API -- the Emotional API.
"Being a good developer isn't just about slinging code; we're part of a community. Interacting with others in a community means feelings are involved. But feelings are messy and uncomfortable, so why can't you just ignore them? Because emotional skills are critical for working well on a team, and for writing code every day. In this talk you’ll learn how emotions are affecting you by modeling them as an API and looking at the code."
Other topics are welcome, so let me know if you'd like to share something as well.
Food and beverage will be provided. Let's chat!
• What to bring
• Important to know
With the holidays approaching, many of us will be spending some time away from the keyboard and with family and friends. And time away from the keyboard is also a great time to collect your thoughts and get a new perspective on parts of your career that may get lost when you are in the middle of a sprint.
In support of planting some seeds of thought and getting that new perspective, this RIRUG meetup is going to be a little different.
We'll be visited by Gregory Brown, who will coordinate a Lean Coffee session with our group. Gregory Brown is an author, mentor and software developer from Connecticut. He blogs at https://practicingdeveloper.com/ and recently released his latest O'Reily book "Programming Beyond Practices: Be More Than Just a Code Monkey" (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920047391.do). Here's Gregory's description of how the evening will go:
A conversation on the non-code aspects of software development, carried out in Lean Coffee format. We'll come up with topics as a group, but some possible themes range from project planning and rapid prototyping to business analysis and designing for maintainability. The main goal is to talk about the kinds of things that are relevant to all practicing software developers, but are a step or two above the purely technical level.
MojoTech will provide food, beverage and two chances to win a copy of Gregory's book for attendees! Put on your winter gloves and come hang out with us.
Plenty has happened in the world of Ruby in the 15 months since we last met. Rails 5 is out, some very compelling Rails alternatives and strategies are on the rise, and we're all dipping our brains into other non-Ruby stuff a lot of the time too.
So let's catch up!
We'll be visited by Piotr Solnica (@solnic) to talk about (awesomeness TBD), and we'll get all functional in Ruby with Omid Bachari and RuboClaus (https://github.com/mojotech/rubo_claus).
If anyone has something they'd like to talk about lightning-talk-style, please feel free! Tweet at @rirug or drop a note in Slack (https://rirug.slack.com/).
Monday, September 19th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the MojoTech office. We don't have free parking available, but we do plan to have free pizza. People at any and every skill level are welcome and encouraged to attend and ask questions!
A lot has happened since our last Ruby group meetup. Let's talk about it!
I will kick off the discussion with a few neat things going on in the Rails world as per RailsConf 2015 and Distill 2014. Then we will have some open time for any announcements, short presentations and questions that you have.
Newcomers, experts and in-betweens are all welcome as always.
And I'll do my best to get us back on a reasonably consistent meetup schedule -- probably every 2 months. However, the rirug slack channel is always open! Send me a note here or to firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite.
Join us at Teespring for an evening of Tech Talk, Appetizers, Beer and Non-Alcoholic Refreshments!
CTO and Co-Founder, Evan Stites-Clayton will begin by giving an overview of Teespring. Evan’s philosophy is that what we are building at Teespring truly is the intersection between people and technology. Web Developers Tyler Diaz will talk about Reducing ABC Compexity in Ruby Code and Unit Tests. Open Discussion and Questions are Welcome and Encouraged!
Scheduling ahead for April, PJ Hagerty from Engine Yard's Buffalo office will be visiting to talk about:
** Ruby Groups: Act Locally - Think Globally
There are thousands of local Ruby groups worldwide. Sadly, many suffer along, become stagnant, some even die off. How can you make your local Ruby Group better and in so doing, improve the global Ruby Community?
This talk focuses on the human side of getting a group together and making it successful so the members, as a group can contribute to the larger community. It is a universally useful guide to improving all parts of the ruby community, starting on a local level.
We've got another out-of-town guest planned for RIRUG. Zachary Scott is heading down from Vermont to talk to us about contributing to the Ruby language.
Ruby 2.0's release date is expected in February, so let's learn how we can help -- and also how we can be proactive about fixing anything that breaks our apps.
Location is TBA. Here is Zachary's talk proposal:
# Contributing to Ruby
Newcomer or seasoned veteran looking to get involved with Ruby documentation? We'll show you it's not as scary as it may seem, and there's plenty of ways to help. It's important to give back to the open source community and improve things for future developers.
This talk will teach you the value of open-source, the benefits of contributing, and a little bit about how ruby-core works. You will learn what to look for when spotting documentation bugs in the MRI source code. We will cover the guidelines to writing MRI documentation, and how to submit a patch. Including helpful tricks using ri and rdoc.
Zachary Scott is a Ruby committer since September 2012 who will gladly help with your first patch into ruby-core.
RI Ruby Group's first meeting of 2013 is already planned. How about that?
We will be visited by Brian Cardarella from DockYard and the Boston Ruby Group. His presentation:
- "Gems of DockYard" - Over the past year DockYard has been putting out gems to solve the problems we run into as a consultancy. Sometimes we are solving new problems, sometimes we're suffering from Not Invented Here. I'll go over: the latest ClientSideValidations, ValidAttribute, CapybaraEmail, EasyAuth, Pages, and PostgresExt.
We'll get started right around 6 PM.
And since we have an out-of-town guest, we will likely hit Nick-a-Nees or Rick's Roadhouse afterwards if you are interested.