• Meeting: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 7-9PM [6:30PM Open]

    Not even a tropical storm can stop the June Meeting of Austin on Rails! Your emcee this month is Anthony Lewis.

    Rails API - Anthony Lewis

    Rails 5 is coming soon. One of the new features of Rails 5 is the inclusion of the Rails API gem. Learn how to build an API-only Rails application. We’ll discuss the benefits of using Rails API, using ActiveModel::Serializer to convert models to JSON, and the JSON API Specification.

    Anthony Lewis is a Software Engineer at Sharethrough and the author of Rails Crash Course. He enjoys breakfast tacos and talking about himself in the third person.

    Cultivating a Code Review Culture - Derek Prior

    Code reviews are not about catching bugs. Modern code reviews are about socialization, learning, and teaching. How can you get the most out of a peer’s code review and how can you review code without being seen as overly critical? Reviewing code and writing easily-reviewed features are skills that will make you a better developer and a better teammate.

    Derek has been doing professional web development for over 15 years and is currently a developer with thoughtbot and host of The Bike Shed podcast.

  • Meeting: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 7 9PM [6:30 open]

    Come out and join us for an evening of Rails on May 26. This month’s edition will be emcee will be Britt Ballard.

    Full-Text Search—And Then Some—With Elasticsearch - Nick Zadrozny

    Elasticsearch is one of the hot new datastores on the block. Why bother with the extra moving parts? It’s based on Lucene, purpose-built for search, and shares a lineage with big data analytics tools. We’ll start with a simple integration for better back-end administrative search, covering some full-text search basics on the way. Then we’ll explore some of the interesting analytics capabilities you’ll get for free.

    Nick is the founder of One More Cloud, the provider of Websolr and Bonsai, hosting Apache Solr and Elasticsearch in the cloud. He’s been working with Rails for ten years, built his first naive SQL LIKE search into a Rails app some time in 2006, and stumbled into hosting search for a living back in 2010.

    Multi-table Full Text Search in Postgres - Caleb Thompson

    Easily searching across an application’s data is a pervasive need. If you are lucky, you can get away with simple sorting or searching on a single column, but it is more likely that you need full text search across multiple models, all from a single search <input>.

    Thanks to the power of Postgres’ full text search, rolling your own search isn’t too difficult.

    Following an actual feature evolution which I worked on for a client, we will start with a search feature that queries a single column with LIKE and build up to finding results across multiple columns on multiple tables using database views, optimizing the query time with full text indices and representing the results as a polymorphic association on an ActiveRecord model in Rails.

    Caleb is one of the founding team members of Austin’s local thoughtbot office. He also helps run Keep Ruby Weird.

  • Meeting: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 7-9PM [6:30 open]

    Rails Friends!

    Please join us for the April Edition of Austin on Rails. Your Rails conductor this month is Damon Clinkscales.

    Using React.js with Rails - Shahriar Sikder

    Shah will be talking about React, a new JavaScript library from Facebook, and how you can use it with Rails. React.js is a library for building user interfaces, and allows you to take care of the view layer in your Rails app in a more elegant way. We will be going through some slides as well as some live coding, so bring your laptops!

    Shah is a software developer with passion for Rails, currently working for Atlantic.net as well as consulting.

    Continuous Deployment of Rails Applications - Diane Cessna

    Continuous deployment and continuous delivery are often used interchangeably. They might sound very similar, but there are huge process and culture shifts needed in order to switch from continuous delivery to continuous deployment. At Sharethrough, we recently implemented continuous deployment for all of our applications and services, but our large Rails application was the most challenging to convert. This talk will cover how to get started with continuous deployment, the specific tools and gems we’re using, and the lessons we learned along the way. Most importantly, we’ll talk about how continuous deployment has improved team morale and the joys of committing to master.

    Diane Cessna is an Engineering Team Lead at Sharethrough, a leading native monetization company for the open web, where she leads development for the platform used to create and manage native ads. Diane holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University and has over 7 years of professional web application development experience.

  • SXSW Web Developer Happy Hour 2015


    It’s party time! Excellent! (air guitar)

    You’re invited to the once a year extravaganza that is the…SXSW Web Developer Happy Hour!


    Buffalo Billiards

    201 East 6th Street

    Monday, March 16, 2015


    Ticket required: https://austinonrails.ticketbud.com/sxsw-2015 (developer discount code available)


    Please join us on the Monday of SXSW for good conversation, appetizers, and a night out without the laptop. Buffalo Billiards has tons of games, such as darts, billiards, and shuffleboard.

    We invited bonafide web geek and designer Alex Baldwin to DJ our event.

    Click the robot to check out last year’s set:

    alex baldwin dj set

    It’s easily the best party for the HTTP crowd.

    Web developers of all stripes are welcome (backend, frontend…you name it)! Please note that the venue is 21+.

    Ticketbud is handmade right here in Austin, Texas!

    We could not put on this event without the gracious help of our awesome sponsors. Please take a moment to thank them on Twitter.



    Our platform empowers developers, IT/Ops, and business leaders to transform their business using real-time data directly from production software.


    MakerSquare is a selective 3 month full-time career accelerator for software engineering. By teaching computer science fundamentals and modern web technologies, MakerSquare prepares students to join the workforce as modern software engineers.


    Keep Ruby Weird is a annual conference that works to highlight all the weird that Austin has to offer while educating folks on the beauty of Ruby.

    Thanks also to our community sponsors: Ticketbud, Capital Factory, Thoughtbot, Harvest, and Microsoft.

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