Join the London Ruby User Group this October for two interesting talks by Rob Miller, Sam Aaron & Xavier Riley!
The Unix command line has been the foundation of how we use computers for over four decades, and has changed surprisingly little in that time.
I'll look at what it takes to elevate a throwaway one-liner or personal script into a robust and re-usable CLI app, and look at the Ruby techniques that make it easy to be a good Unix citizen.
Rob Miller is a web developer. He works mainly in Ruby and SQL, and spends his days crunching numbers and herding cats at Big Fish, a design, branding, and marketing agency where he is Head of Digital.
Sonic Pi is a Ruby-based live coding music synthesiser designed to help teach both computing and music within schools.
It uses fast feedback,liveness and studio-quality sound production as a means to engage school children in introductory coding.
In this talk we will follow the story of Sonic Pi from its the humble beginnings of this project in a single class of school-children coding beeps and bleeps to its current standing as a state-of-the-art live coding system installed by default on all Raspberry Pis used to live code in a variety of venues from Algoraves to national music venues.
All towards a simple but deep question - how can we give more people an understanding of what programming is and can do?
Hacks on Overtone, Quil and Emacs Live. That's Sam in a summary. Sam Aaron is a researcher, software architect and live programmer with a deep fascination surrounding the notion of programming as a form of communication.
Xavier is a developer working at Kyan in Guildford. Likes to talk about anything to do with Ruby, Clojure and jazz guitar.