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North West Ruby User Group

Thursday 20th October, 6:30pm

NWRUG is a community group in the North West of England for those with an interest in the Ruby programming language. Everyone is welcome at the monthly group meetups, especially beginners. All you need is to be friendly and have an interest in learning more about Ruby. Ruby is “a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write”.

October Meetup:

This month there will be a talk from Alex Lynham entitled, ‘Are Batteries Included?’

Moving from another language or framework to Rails is daunting as a beginner, but once you know your way around, simple tasks become effortless. Big tasks, however, can quickly result in having to fight the framework. So is this situation resolved in another language like Clojure, where there is an emphasis on being able to switch components and libraries, and Convention Over Configuration is not a tenet of the dev environment?

This is a high-level discussion of some things that you come to appreciate when moving from Rails – where there’s usually one or two accepted ways of doing something, and the means to do tasks ‘baked in’. Even in a complex application, does the ‘batteries included’ approach still result in a net positive? That’s probably too big a question to tackle alone, but hopefully this short talk will make for a good discussion in the pub.

Rails will be compared with building applications using a Clojure web stack – the structure of this will be familiar to any that have used micro-frameworks like Flask (in Python) or Sinatra (in Ruby). You might even see some lisp – but don’t worry, the parens don’t bite.

About the speaker

Alex Lynham is a Rails developer who over the past three years has gradually found himself gravitating towards functional programming, lisp and talking in the third person. On balance, he suspects he likes his batteries included.

About NWRUG events

Our events are free and open to anyone with an interest in Ruby, regardless of experience level. There is no need to register, just show up on the day! We want to keep NWRUG as welcoming and inclusive as possible so we ask that all attendies follow our Code of conduct. If you have any questions, get in touch.

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