Meet up

LRUG August meetup!

Monday, 14th August in London

This meetup was organised by LRUG: London Ruby User Group in August 2017


Empathy, Cats, Boxes, APIs, GraphQL and why software and house building have nothing in common: what more could you want? Don't miss this month's LRUG event with speakers Lola Odelola, Adam Lancaster, Patrick Gleeson, Phil Cowans and Darren Oakley!

Why Writing Software Is Nothing Like Building A House

Writing software and building a house are two very different kettle of fish. Patrick Gleeson will be exploring the problems ingrained in project management and how coders can help non-techies get round them. Check it out!

A brief exploration of the problems intrinsic to software project management, and a couple of suggestions for how we coders can help our non-technical colleagues get round them.

Patrick Gleeson

Patrick Gleeson is the CTO of Think Smart and author of Working With Coders: A Guide to Software Development for the Perplexed Non-Techie. He once built an animatronic robot octopus that plays the xylophone, and relies far too heavily on `rubocop -a`.

Let the Cats Out of the Bag

A talk about cats, boxes and category theory. What more could you want in a talk?

Do you lie awake at night thinking about monads? Do you wonder why the identity of the exclusive OR Monoid is false? No, of course not... because you're still not sure what the hell they are! Allow me to explain with a beginner friendly introduction to Category Theory - with cats! And may your dreams once again be full of maths.

Adam Lancaster

Currently making internet at All my views are someone else's.

GraphQL in Ruby

Are you interested in finding out how Nested has moved from traditional RESTful APIs to a Ruby GraphQL backend? We have Nested's CTO Phil Cowans, and developer at Nested Darren Oakley telling us more!

Darren Oakley

Darren is a Ruby developer at Nested, and was previously at the BBC and Nature Publishing Group. As well as programming, Darren runs Rockhopper Brewing Co. in his spare time (somehow).

Phil Cowans

Phil is CTO at Nested, and was previously at Nature Publishing Group and Songkick. He's been programming Ruby since 2007, and has been messing with computers for a long time before that.


Does empathy have an important role to play in technology? Lola Odelola explores this and more, check it out!

Lola Odelola

Lola is a software engineer at 38degrees, a published poet and a the founder of - an organisation that aims to help diversify the tech industry.

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