April 2013 – Ruby on Rails!

Ruby on Rails logo, on Flickr

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Date: Thursday 25th April 2013

Time: 7:00pm start (Please note time change)

Venue: Staffordshire University – Stafford Campus (K102 – the Octagon building)

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is a mature and well used web application framework. It’s ubiquity in startup culture has made it popular through its tool support and quick development support. However, it’s also received criticism on several fronts in terms of code quality, framework coupling and slow executing tests.

This session run by Paul Williams aims to debunk a few myths whilst presenting Ruby on Rails including:

  1. Demonstrating the original ‘Scaffolding’ approach to Rails
  2. Demonstrating a BDD approach to Rails development through Cucumber
  3. A discussion on some of the criticisms of Rails

This session is hands on, and a VirtualBox Ubuntu environment will be provided via USB stick. If you want to get your hands dirty, please install VirtualBox before the session – it’s free!!

Also, please note venue change. As many will know, we’ve had venue problems over the recent months, and we have provisionally booked a room at Stafford Campus – this will be confirmed as soon as possible, and broadcast on the Newsgroup.

Hope to see you there,


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  1. Many thanks Paul for the introduction into Ruby on rails. And for the balanced view on its Pros/Cons.

  2. No problems Jon,

    Rails seems to attract love and criticism in equal measure – hey it’s opinionated!


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