• Meeting: Tuesday February 24, 2005 @ 7-9PM [6:30 open]

    It’s February, that means it’s time for LIGHTNING TALKS!

    Lightning Talks are short talks about topics relevant to the community. Anyone can participate and it’s always a LOT of fun. Your Rails conductor this month is Anthony Lewis.

    Section 1 (7-8PM)

    1. “Simplify your operations with orchestra”, Nathan Ladd, @realntl
    2. “React.js Real Quick (Pun Intended)”, Tim Tyrrell, @timtyrrell
    3. “The Best of Both Worlds: JSON in Postgres 9.4”, Chad Bailey, @chadbailey59
    4. “What I Learned Putting In Wood Floors and How It Applies to Development”, @randito
    5. “Firing the Asset Pipeline for your Single-Page App”, Brandon Hays, @tehviking
    6. “3 learning techniques to stay up-to-date with web technologies”, Alejo Rivera, @alejoriveralara

    Section 2 (8-9PM)

    1. “Pry: greatest hits”, Patrick Mahoney, @patricknmahoney
    2. “Something about Clojure”, Nick McDonnough, @nickmcdonnough
    3. “Jekyll and Mr Blog”, Nola Stowe, @rubygeek
    4. “Everything The Bare Minimum You Always Wanted to Should Know About Database Indexes* (*But Didn’t Ask Until Your App Went Down)”, John Dalton, @johndalton

    This meeting is sure to be a blast!

    Also, don’t forget to RSVP to our Austin on Rails Web Developer SXSW Happy Hour today! Invite your web geek friends who will be in town to come hang out with us, have a few drinks, play some games, and chat web technology.

    Austin on Rails Web Developer SXSW Happy Hour

  • Meeting: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 @ 7-9PM [6:30 open]

    Welcome to 2015!

    Hop on your hoverboard and join us for the first meeting of the year. Your Rails conductor this month is Matt Swain.

    Active Record Associations - Anthony Lewis

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Active Record Associations, but were afraid to ask. What really happens when you call has many or belongs to? Where does the foreign key go again? Do I use has many :through or has and belongs to many? How do I remove a model from an association without deleting it? These questions and more will be answered through slides and live coding.

    Anthony Lewis is a Senior Software Engineer at Spredfast (formerly Mass Relevance) and the author of Rails Crash Course.

    Accelerating Rails Development with Hobo - Steve Madere

    Hobo turns Rails into RAD without limits

    Everybody wants to launch their new web app yesterday. Whether it’s time-to-market pressure or agile expectations, we are all under the gun to “get something useful out there now!” In this talk, you’ll learn how you can leverage Hobo (http://hobocentral.net) to build extendable apps almost instantly from little more than a data model (without using a bunch of crufty scaffolding). To prove it, we’ll build a working app during the talk. You’ll also see how Hobo supports rapid enhancement and dries up your code (reducing LOC and thus maintenance liability).

    Steve Madere is a serial startup CTO and entrepreneur who has been active in the Austin startup community since 1990 and using Rails since 2008. He studied Physics at UT and UCSD and created the Usenet search engine Deja News during the Jurassic period of the Internet. When not coding or starting companies, he gets his adrenaline fix from windsurfing, snowboarding and rock climbing.

  • Socialization: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 @ 7:30-9:30PM

    Hey Everyone!

    Just wanted to let you know that we won’t have a regular Austin on Rails meeting this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday. However, we will meet at BD Riley’s for socialization.

    Thanks to Union Metrics for sponsoring some drinks.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Meeting: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 7-9PM [6:30 open]

    Hey Folks! We’ve got a blockbuster meeting this month. Check it out…we’ve going to hear what is new in Rails 4.2 and how to keep your Rails apps fast with caching strategies. Your Rails conductor this month is Anthony Lewis.

    What’s New in Rails 4.2 - Anthony Lewis

    Rails 4.2 is coming soon. This talk will cover new features such as Active Job, the GlobalID library, and Adequate Record. I’ll also discuss changes and deprecations so you can be ready to upgrade when 4.2 is released.

    Anthony Lewis is a Senior Software Engineer at Spredfast (formerly Mass Relevance) and the author of Rails Crash Course.

    Rails Caching Secrets From the Edge - Michael May

    When it comes to caching, there are two types of web developers - those with phat stacks of cache money and those suffering from cache anxiety. Caching is particularly handy when scaling Rails apps, however we often avoid putting in effort because it can quickly get complicated without effective strategies. Rails provides a host of built-in caching interfaces that are easy to leverage and extend. I’ll talk about how to do this and combine rails with technologies like CDNs and HTTP accelerators like Varnish so that you can more effectively cache everything, everywhere without fear of serving stale content.

    Michael May is an API Engineer at Fastly and a former Austinite, now hailing from San Francisco. While in Texas he studied at UT Austin and co-founded CDN Sumo, which was acquired by Fastly. He’s waiting for the day when FaaS (Franklin BBQ as a Service) becomes a thing and dreams about fast websites.

    Hope to see you there!

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