Community Event

WNB.rb September 2021 Meetup

WNB.rb’s goal is to support a more diverse group of people to make significant and meaningful contributions to the Ruby world. It is a monthly meetup with technical talks where the speakers and audience members are all women and non-binary people.
28 September 2021
18:00 CEST / 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 2 hours
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WNB.rb’s goal is to support a more diverse group of people to make significant and meaningful contributions to the Ruby world. It is a monthly meetup with technical talks where the speakers and audience members are all women and non-binary people.

About

Join us for our monthly WNB.rb meetup, featuring two talks:

Multiple radio buttons by Sarah Eggleston

Ruby on Rails out of the box support for collection_radio_buttons works well for a page with a single collection_radio_button on an object model. But it gets more complex in a scenario which often comes up in review sites, for example Goodreads or Tripadvisor.

This talk and associated code sample in git will introduce a solution to build a page with multiple radio buttons, where the scores are assigned to a join table model. It’s likely that we’ll get into a “best practice” debate if Q&A time allows.

Sarah started her career at IBM, where she led dev and support teams in Java-based WebSphere products. She is now a Ruby on Rails convert and fan. RoR unleashed her creativity, empowering her to build the software she had been looking for while she was in a consulting role. Shameless plug: agency resourcing software at https://www.fflow.io/.

Sarah is autistic (late dx), enjoys remote working, and is finding it difficult to go back to in-person socialising as lockdown eases. She is working hard to learn how best to support diversity and inclusion, not only for wnb, also for anyone who faces discrimination and the extra challenges of intersectionality. She is happy to answer questions on working in tech as or getting started as a founder.

The Ruby VM, a speed run by Penelope Phippen

In this talk, you'll quickly learn about the core of what makes Ruby work, its VM. We'll answer questions like "what even is a VM?", "how does Ruby's work?", and "how will this help us in our day to day Ruby programming".

While this talk is technical, we'll start with only the most simple of Ruby programs, and slowly pull layers back to understand more and more of how the language works, so it should be approachable to everyone!

Penelope Phippen is a Director at RubyCentral, where she recently chaired RailsConf. She's also a Staff Software Engineer at Stripe, where she works on Stripe's underlying API Platform. When she's not working, she likes to eat amazing food, and occasionally stream on twitch (mostly coding, twitch.tv/penelope_zone). She's bouncy, friendly, and would love to meet you. 

WNB.rb’s goal is to support a more diverse group of people to make significant and meaningful contributions to the Ruby world. It is a monthly meetup with technical talks where the speakers and audience members are all women and non-binary people. We hope to provide a brave space for tenured speakers, first-time speakers and everyone in between to interact in a technical capacity. This community seeks to enable developers to grow their technical skill sets and confidence, further promoting inclusion of women and non-binary folks within the Ruby community.

What happens during each meetup?

On the last Tuesday of every month at 12pm EDT, we host two speakers to give technical talks on Ruby and the related ecosystem. The talks are be 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes Q&A afterwards. Towards the end of the meetups, we have a few minutes where folks can optionally stay online to chat. The meetups last one hour, and we post recordings of each talk afterwards. This meetup will forever be virtual!

I’m interested in speaking at a future meetup, how can I do that?

We are so glad! Please send an email to jemmaissroff@gmail.com and e.m.giurleo@gmail.com. No need to write anything in depth or fancy. Even if you don’t know what you’d like to talk about or you’re a first time speaker, please reach out and we’ll work with you to put together a talk for a future WNB.rb meetup.

I don’t identify as woman / non-binary but I’d like to be an ally. How can I best do that?

Thanks for asking! We’ll be sure to post links to all talks to our twitter so you’ll still be able to watch, learn from and share all of our talks. Ways you can be an ally are to continue to advocate for more diverse voices at conferences and other meetups, learn from, elevate, support and/or mentor individuals who add diversity to the space, and share information about this group with anyone who might be interested.

Do you have a code of conduct?

Yes we do! You can read our code of conduct here.

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