Interested in learning how politics could be more democratic using open source tech principles? Want to find out the best practices for mocking? Are you looking for a better way to document your project? Don't miss this month's London Ruby User Group!
The OpenPolitics project is a collaborative political policy-writing platform. Started as an experiment in using open source principles outside the world of tech, it’s grown into a tool (written in Ruby) that allows anyone with a good idea to take a direct role in writing policy. This talk will explain how the project started, how the system evolved, and how it currently works atop git and GitHub to make open source workflows democratic and accessible by non-developers.
James is Head of Engineering at Apolitical, an organisation connecting public servants from around the world to share their best ideas. He was previously Head of Labs at the Open Data Institute, and is passionate about using open source and web technology to build a better future for all.
Project documentation often falls into a cycle of disrepair: it's not read because it's not up to date, and not up to date because nobody reads it. This is a talk about how we tried to break that cycle for GOV.UK's internal developer documentation. I'll cover what we tried, what works & what doesn't, and how to employ a punny chat bot to help you.
Tijmen is a Lead Developer in GOV.UK at the Government Digital Service.
You must mock, but where do you begin? Where do you end? And how do you know when to stop? A cautionary tale. Duncan Brown will talk about the mocking library stripe-ruby-mock (https://github.com/rebelidealist/stripe-ruby-mock).
Duncan Brown is a Ruby developer at dxw (https://dxw.com), making software for the public sector. In his spare time he is the publisher of The Browser (https://thebrowser.com).