• Meeting: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 @ 7-9PM (doors open at 6:30PM)

    Ask a code school grad (panel)

    There are now 8 different code schools in Austin (and we’ll probably due for more!). Code school grads are graduating and joining the tech community in droves. There’s been a lot of interest from our community in learning more about code school grads: their background, what to they know, what would they need from the community, among other questions. In this panel, we well get to chat with code school grads and get some questions answered.

    Divide and Conquer: why your next app should be two apps - Van Anderson

    The Single Responsibility Principle (SRP) is one of the most important foundations to writing maintainable and effective code. This principle too often gets ignored when making decisions about the high level architecture of an application. In this talk, I will make the case for using a Rails API with a front end framework while also demonstrating a simple implementation.

    Van is an enthusiastic evangelist for taking creative approaches to software development and challenging the status quo. He is currently employed as a developer in a research and development branch of Texas State Technical College.

  • Meeting: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ 7-9PM [6:30PM Open]

    What Clojure Has Taught Me About Functional Programming - Nola Stowe

    Ruby has functional methods such as reduce and map, how much do you use them? What can those functions tell you about conveying intent? Functional programming can make your code speak for itself and be easier to test. You can walk away knowing that the next guy (or lady!) will have an idea of what your code is doing at a glance. Nola will share what she has been learning in Clojure about functional programming the last few years and how you can apply it to your ruby code.

    Nola has been coding Rails applications since version 0.8 and has worked as a Web Developer for the past 18 years in PHP, Perl, Javascript, Ruby and Clojure. She is an independant consultant at RubyGeekLLC and blogs at http://www.rubygeek.com.

    An Approach To Scale Monolithic Codebases - John Underwood

    There comes a time when your codebase has grown to a certain size and perhaps past the point of CRUD functionality. Issues begin to arise with shared logic, which tend to pool in models or controllers. Using code examples, I’ll guide you through patterns to help alleviate this pain. We’ll focus on the Reform and Cells gems within Trailblazer and how you can use them to manage a codebase. Insights from this talk can help if you have fat controllers, fat models, a large lib directory or feel like your view layer code is brittle.

    John began working with Rails in 2008 and has worked in dozens of Rails codebases since then of various sizes and complexity. After graduating from UT with a CS degree, he has spent his career simplifying codebases for non-profit organizations and startups alike.

  • Meeting: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 7 9PM [6:30PM Open] @ Devbootcamp

    Important! We are meeting at Dev Bootcamp this month!

    • Dev Bootcamp is located on the first floor of 1705 Guadalupe St.
    • Parking: Street parking is available around the campus of Dev Bootcamp.
    • The front door into the building where Dev Bootcamp is located locks at 6PM. We will have someone at the door, but please text or call 979.575.5007 if you arrive and are locked out.

    Metaprogramming is “writing code that writes code” – but what does that mean? - Amanda Chang

    In this talk, we’ll use metaprogramming techniques to reimplement some common Ruby tools and then look at how we can use metaprogramming to design libraries in Ruby.

    Amanda Chang (@changamanda) is an Austin-based full-stack developer whose first “language love” is Ruby. Whenever she’s not writing code, she’s probably playing ultimate frisbee.

    Docker: What It Is and Why You Should Care - Alexander Clark

    Docker? Seriously? Seriously. Learn what Docker is and how it can simplify (not complicate) your development workflow.

    Alexander has been programming for a very long time. When he met Ruby, it was love at first sight. He is currently working as Development Lead at WeInfuse. He’s @atheclark on twitter and he blogs at alexander-clark.com.

  • Meeting: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 7 9PM [6:30PM Open]

    Facepalm To Foolproof: Common Gotchas for Running Rails Apps in Production - Chad Bailey

    If you’re new to Rails development, or just want some tips on deploying and running in production, this is the talk for you. Relying on real-world experience as part of the Heroku support team, we’ll talk through common issues (and a few funny ones) we see when people take their “but it works in development!” app to a production environment.

    Chad Bailey left a career as a rocket scientist to build web apps, and he’s been doing just that for the better part of a decade. Chad currently works on the support team at Heroku, where he helps customers run their databases on one of the largest production Postgres fleets in the world.

    Script Organization with Thor & Rake - Youssef Chaker

    You’ve probably used some of the Rails commands (eg. rails generate MODEL) and Rake tasks, but do you know where they come from? This talk goes over the different ways you can add command line scripts to your Ruby on Rails application.

    Youssef is the bear in Bear & Giraffe LLC, been working with Ruby on Rails since 2008, and loves building custom web applications that present their own new challenges. Raised speaking three “human” languages, which makes learning a new programming language a walk in the park. Can be found on the inter webs at @ychaker.

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