Category Archives: NWRUG

NWRUG June 17th – Mongo

I forgot to blog about this earlier, but Adam Holt will be talking about all things mongo on Thursday the 17th June (that’s tomorrow at the time of posting). There will be free pizza afterwards, you just need to sign up (soon) if you’re coming.

Next NWRUG meeting 21st January – UNIX: Rediscovering the wheel

The original announcement is available on the NWRUG site.

This month John Leach of Brightbox will be talking on UNIX: Rediscovering the wheel.

“Those who don’t understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.”

We in the Ruby Community seem to have a habit of re-inventing things. Sometimes this is for good reason, but in some cases we don’t know we’re even doing it! We’re wasting valuable time that could be spent learning Erlang!

UNIX-like operating systems have been around for decades and lots of problems have come and gone in that time. I’m going to talk about some of the tools available that can be used to solve common Ruby and Rails deployment and development problems.

Brightbox will also be sponsoring the event so there will be pizzas available after the meeting in Odder across the road from the meeting.

Schedule

6:30pm :: Welcome & Pre-session bar visit.
7:00pm :: UNIX: Rediscovering the wheel by John Leach of Brightbox
7:45pm :: Pizzas at the Odder bar across the road sponsored by Brightbox

If you want more information email nwrug@willj.net, call Will on 07939 547 962 or tweet @will_j.

Sign Up

If you would like to attend this event please sign up here as the BBC need a list of attendees before the event, and I need to arrange the correct amount of food.

Location

This meeting is being held at one of our regular venues, the BBC Manchester main building on Oxford Road in central Manchester (Directions). If you get lost call Will on 07939 547 962.

NWRUG 17th September – Smooth web apps with Varnish

This month David Smalley of Litmus will be talking about Varnish, the high-performance HTTP accelerator that makes doctype fly.

No sponsorship this month, but never fear, the BBC bar is fairly cheap and the Odder bar across the road serves nice pizzas.

Schedule

Please note we’re back on our old start time of 6:30pm

6:30pm :: Welcome & Pre-session bar visit.
7:00pm :: Everything you ever wanted to know about Varnish by David Smalley of Litmus
7:30pm :: Drinks at the BBC bar
8:00pm :: Off to Odder across the road. Odder serves food until 8:30.
If you want more information email nwrug@willj.net, call Will on 07939 547 962 or tweet @will_j.

Sign Up

If you would like to attend this event please sign up here. as the BBC need a list of attendees before the event. There’s an Upcoming event page but please use the form above.

Location

This meeting is being held at one of our regular venues, the BBC Manchester main building on Oxford Road in central Manchester (Directions). If you get lost call Will on 07939 547 962.

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NWRUG 20th August – Capistrano: from noob to winner

20th August – Capistrano: from noob to winner

This month Sam Phillips and Lee Hambley of Setfire Media will be taking us through Capistrano from just starting out to advanced usage.

Sponsorship is kindly provided this month by Setfire Media, so free pizza will once again be available.

Schedule

Please note we’re back on our old start time of 6:30pm

  • 6:30pm :: Welcome & Pre-session bar visit.
  • 7:00pm :: Capistrano for Newbies by Sam Phillips
  • 7:30pm :: Break
  • 7:40pm :: Winners’ Capistrano Recipes by Lee Hambley
  • 8:10pm :: Free pizza sponsored by Setfire Media
  • 9:00pm :: Drinks at the BBC bar afterwards, then somewhere else nearby after that closes.

If you want more information email nwrug@willj.net, call Will on 07939 547 962 or tweet @will_j.

Sign Up

If you would like to attend this event please sign up here.. as the BBC need a list of attendees before the event and I really need to know the numbers so I can order the right amount of food and drink. There’s an Upcoming event page but please use the form above. This month I shall be publicly covering people with brussel sprouts who arrive without signing up. You have been warned.

Location

This meeting is being held at one of our regular venues, the BBC Manchester main building on Oxford Road in central Manchester (Directions). If you get lost call Will on 07939 547 962.

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NWRUG 16th July – Source control Stand-off

This month Tekin Suleyman and Ashley Moran will be helping us get started with, and comparing, the Git and Darcs SCM systems.

Sponsorship is kindly provided this month by Liquidbronze, so free pizza will once again be available.

Schedule

  • 6:00pm :: Welcome & Pre-session bar visit.
  • 6:30pm :: How to do things in Git by Tekin Suleyman
  • 6:50pm :: Break
  • 7:00pm :: How to do things in Darcs by Ashley Moran
  • 7:30pm :: Free pizza sponsored by Liquidbronze
  • 8:30pm :: Drinks at the BBC bar afterwards, then somewhere else nearby after that closes at about 21:00.

If you want more information email nwrug@willj.net, call Will on 07939 547 962 or tweet @will_j.

Sign Up

If you would like to attend this event please sign up here.. as the BBC need a list of attendees before the event and I really need to know the numbers so I can order the right amount of food and drink. There’s an Upcoming event page but please use the form above. This month I shall be publicly coating people with squeezy cheesy peas who turn up without signing up. You have been warned.

Location

This meeting is being held at one of our regular venues, the BBC Manchester main building on Oxford Road in central Manchester (Directions). If you get lost call Will on 07939 547 962.

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NWRUG Code Surgery and an introduction to Zsh – Tonight

the June NWRUG is tonight. There will be a code surgery and introduction to Zsh. Plus free pizza!

Email me or leave a comment to sign up.

NWRUG 19th March – Search in your Rails app – writeup

The March meeting went really well, nearly 20 people turned up and much pizza was consumed. People seemed to enjoy the talks and the new BBC venue was great too, so success all round!

I have the slides up from my talk on sphinx and John has the slides from his Ferret talk up too. I will put Asa’s slides up when he sends sends me them/a link!

Next meeting

The next meeting is on the on the 16th April and is titled “BDD, you know you should be doing it”:

So, you’re testing your code right? Of course you are! But are you testing your code as well as it can be tested? This month Ashley Moran, Testing Maven, will be giving a talk and practical session on Behavior Driven Development and how it should be done right.

Hope to see you there!

Next NWRUG meeting – 16th April – BDD, you know you should be doing it

So, you’re testing your code right? Of course you are! But are you testing your code as well as it can be tested? This month Ashley Moran, Testing Maven, will be giving a talk and practical session on Behavior Driven Development and how it should be done right.

We’re starting 30 minutes earlier this month due to the practical nature of the session.

This month we have sponsorship from Engine Yard so there will be free Pizza (and maybe Beer and soft drinks, depending on the numbers) during the talks.

Schedule

• 6:00pm :: Welcome & Pre-session bar visit
• 6:30pm :: BDD, why you should be doing it and how. Pizzas provided by Engine Yard will be served during the session
• 8:30pm :: Drinks at the BBC bar afterwards, then somewhere else nearby after that closes at about 21:00.

If you want more information email nwrug at willj.net or call Will on 07939 547 962

Sign Up

If you would like to attend this event please email me (nwrug at willj.net) as the BBC need a list of attendees before the event and I really need to know the numbers so I can order the right amount of food and drink. This month I shall be publicly coating people with blancmange who turn up without emailing me. You have been warned.

Location

This meeting is being held at one of our regular venues, the BBC Manchester main building on Oxford Road in central Manchester. If you get lost call Will on 07939 547 962.

You can find the exact same information on the NWRUG site in a more bookmark-able form.

Announcement: NWRUG March 2009 – Search in your App

The next NWRUG is tomorrow evening, 18:30 at the BBC in Manchester. Email me if you want to attend (details on the NWRUG page).

NWRUG February 2009 – Nanite talk

For the first time in quite a while we had a talk at NWRUG, it seemed to go well and the free Pizzas and Beer provided by Engine Yard were very popular. About 12 people turned up. I was the only speaker and did a 45 minute talk on Nanite with a brief introduction to cloud-computing as that’s the environment I see Nanite being most useful.

Thanks to everyone who turned up and Engine Yard for the sponsorship. I promised a blog post with links to some of the resources from the talk, and here it is!

Useful links from the talk

Nanite (of course)

Kestrel (a starling replacement)

Delayed Job

Warren (A wrapper around AMQP from brightbox)

Engine Yard Solo

As I mentioned in the talk you can probably get away with using third-party APIs and calling it ‘cloud-computing’, this set of slides is really interesting:

Web Hooks and the Programmable World of Tomorrow

Lastly the slides on SlideShare, though they don’t make as much sense as they do with the talk & my notes.

*update*

Pastie: control rabbitMQ using Nanite, controlling god using Nanite.

Next Month

More talks! Asa Calow has agreed to do a talk on Solr and I rather foolishley agreed to do another talk on Sphinx.

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