We have a new meeting format:
- 6pm Beginner’s Track: Understanding Client Stories – Marty Haught
- 6:30 Food Social
- 7:15 Arduino the Ruby Way – Austin Vance
- 8:00 Sharding in MySQL and Ruby on Rails – Derek Scruggs
Beginner’s track is intended to help new or inexperienced programmers fill in any gaps they may have. We’ll cover a range of material from technical to soft topics. This month Marty will be presenting Understanding Client Stories. A story is a common term from agile process given to a task or collection of tasks that describe something a client wants such as a feature. In this session we will be going over various qualities of stories and what you as a developer needs to do to translate this into a complete breakdown so you can design and deliver what the client is seeking. The other piece of this is that as a group we’ll be rebuilding Boulder Ruby’s website from scratch. Marty will play the client and dole out stories that collectively those in the group can work on. The beginner’s track will have several mentors on hand and will have a mix of presentation, question and answer and hands-on time.
For the rest of the group, food will arrive at 6:30 and we’ll have mingling until 7:15 when our first talk begins.
Austin Vance will preview his RubyConf talk, Arduino the Ruby Way. See how Ruby can interact with the real world via Arduino. I hear t-shirts will be shot from a robotic cannon so that has to be cool!
Following Austin at approximately 8pm will be Derek Scruggs talking about Sharding in MySQL and Ruby on Rails. NoSql is the new new thing, but there’s still a lot that can be done with SQL. For example, New Relic does more than 1 billion writes every day on top of MySQL. How? Lots of sharding. StatsMix CTO Derek Scruggs will show how they implemented sharding in MySQL with Ruby on Rails as the application layer.