Trying to unwind the onion now, peeling away until I get back to the February Ruby meetup. I got more than a little side-tracked, but I learned a lot along the way.
I was new to Ruby, and I kept hearing that it could help me get a web app going in no time. Here is how I imagined it:
- Throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave
- Start developing my web app
- Finish developing my web app
- Wait until my popcorn finishes
- Eat the popcorn while enjoying my new web app (btw, Tapatio is awesome on popcorn)
Hello Worldwould be real simple – Throw a CMS up on Heroku. I ended up getting it “done” (note the heavy dose of “quote fingers”), but the journey took a little longer than expected. It was difficult, but worth it. Along the way: Ruby, Refinery, RVM, Heroku, S3, _why, Homebrew, ImageMagick, taking a nap in anger, Vagrant (really cool), VirtualBox, vagrant-snap, Lilyhammer, VeeWee. (I need to blog a walkthrough)
The February 21st Meeting:
The Main Event:
- Wes Garrison, one of the group organizers, started off with a wrap-up of recent Ruby happenings
- Darren Cauthon demonstrated Refinery, a Rails CMS
- Insights on routes
- Advice about keeping the controllers thin
- Tips on using Amazon S3 for hosting the images
- Kyle Putnam presented Propr, his creation for “Property-based testing for Ruby (ala QuickCheck)”
- Discussed code coverage and provability
- Can help find what else floats
- Properties, Axioms, Specs, Inverse Functions
- It was nice to see interest in doing the right thing
- Samuel was barefoot
- Craig talked about Quicksilver
- leap2 – KC-Based!
- Dusty talked about an advanced rest client chrome extension
- An announcement for Kill Mobile, a new mobile and “Objective-C for Ruby developers” group
Seven Bridges of Königsberg
Afterwards, I stuck around so I could learn how to lose in “Ticket to Ride“.
Q&A With Wes Garrison:
Q. How would you describe the Ruby community in KC?
Pretty good and getting better. We’ve had two successful conferences.
Our keynote is still the featured video on http://www.confreaks.com/
with over 50K views since November.
We have a strong showup and lots of people meet up and hack during the
off weeks, too.
Q. How does Ruby improve a developer’s toolkit?
Most people learn Ruby to use Rails. If you’re coming from the Java or
.Net world, Ruby and Rails can let you produce web apps with a lot
Also, Rubyists emphasize automated a lot, which I’ve found leads to
better software done right the first time.
Q. How has Ruby changed your life?
I quit my full time job to start a Ruby consultancy. I have a cat named Ruby.
Next Up: KC .NET, their next meeting is on Tuesday, April 24th.
– Luke Patterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Stops On The KC User Group Tour
Part 1: Perl Mongers
Part 2: Atlassian User Group
Part 3: Pythonistas
Part 4: Rubyists