02 5 / 2012

We have now setup the Norwich Ruby User Group on Meetup.com. Signup and join the group to stay up to date with meetings and events planned in the future.

Don’t forget tomorrows curry night too at The Merchants of Spice.

01 5 / 2012

Just to confirm, this months Norwich Ruby User Group (NRUG) will be a Curry Night. We will be meeting at the Merchants of Spice which is at:  32 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BG.

If you fancy coming along then perhaps leave a comment below so we have a rough idea of numbers to expect. Both Rob and I look forward to seeing you there.

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27 3 / 2012


So another month passes, as does another NRUG. Great to see a new face at last weeks NRUG meeting; thanks for coming along Matthew

I think we’re going to start to try and add a bit more structure to the NRUG meetings. Those who have been will know that the evening largely evolves around us talking about anything, generally Internet related with an emphasis on the use of Ruby, what tools we’re using, what we’ve been working on and what we’ve been learning, along with some beer drinking.

I have however been talking to Tom Crinson, who runs the Ipswich Ruby User Group (IPRUG). He has kindly offered some words of advice about running the group and has suggested some approaches for giving talks, running Ruby quiz nights and engaging people with some snappy presentations. Thanks Tom.

So, the plan is, the next NRUG will be in May on Thursday, 3rd May. It’s a small break for us to compose our thoughts, ready for the first NRUG CURRY NIGHT! (Time/Location TBC)

We thought it might be good to shake up the usual pub meeting with a curry night instead. This will be a fairly informal event where we can relax after the rigours of the day.

So once again, new and old faces alike, are all welcome, the more the merrier, but please let me know if you’d like to come along so we can gauge numbers before booking. 

29 2 / 2012

Just to announce that the March edition of NRUG will be happening on Thursday 22nd of March at The Plough on St. Benedicts Street, Norwich.

If anyone has any particular topics they would like to discuss at this event, any demos they would like to show off or anything they would like to learn then leave a comment and we’ll make sure everything is place for this to happen. Some potential topics to get your thought process going:

  • NoSQL
  • Caching strategies
  • Performance
  • Your new favourite Gem.

29 2 / 2012

Thanks to all who came to NRUG last Thursday at The Plough. It’s always great catching up with the crowd to find out what everyones working on, what ideas people have and what new bits and pieces people have learnt.

Although slow, the NRUG group project is taking some shape and we have conversations being piped out to those users who have set their preferred means of contact as Twitter. Basic stuff for now but it’s a start.

Also a big welcome to Kieran who joined us for the first time. Kieran rides solo with his company Invisible Lines and develops internal Intranet systems primarily. It’s fantastic to get another new face to the group and some more Ruby experience on board. Hopefully we’ll see you again Kieran.

Anyway, it would be great to get even more new faces down to the group so if any of you know a Ruby developer, or any kind of developer who may be interested in sharing a few ideas over a pint or two then please advise them of our meetup and lets see if we can expand the Ruby community within Norwich and Norfolk a bit more.

I look forward to seeing you all next month.

24 1 / 2012

Hello. Happy January and all that - boy doesn’t it fly.

Anyway. We’ve decided that for next months NRUG we will be meeting at The Plough in Norwich, on St. Benedicts street on the 23rd February at 7:30pm.

Discussions will continue to evolve around progress with regards to the NRUG group project, Ruby and as usual anything web related.

We look forward to seeing you there!

PS. New comers more than welcome. The more the merrier.

13 1 / 2012

Hi all,

Thanks to those who were able to make it last night. So here’s a little update on the group project we discussed when we were together last.

Pete and Sami have begun development, looking at integrating twitter and email with the system but both felt it would be good to have an idea of the interface before taking this any further.

Rob has knocked up a couple of early visuals for an interface (see below) which has helped raise some questions about positioning of the message box, truncation of the conversation, limits on message sizes (and whether this is something the system should manage automagically.)

Please feel free to fork the Github repository and have a play around if you get some time, otherwise, look forward to seeing you at the next meet up.

13 1 / 2012

24 12 / 2011

Just a quick post to say that the next NRUG meeting will once again be at The Plough, St. Benedicts Street Norwich and it will be on Thursday, 12th January 2012.

I look forward to discussing our progress on the group project (https://github.com/coolbox/NRUG/tree/staging) and how everyone is getting on.

Merry Christmas to all and have a great new year!

29 11 / 2011

Based on the feedback we received we have decided to announce that next month’s NRUG will be on the 8th December at The Plough, St. Benedicts Street, Norwich.

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We’ll be at The Plough from 7pm onwards, just so everyone has a bit of time after work to grab a bite to eat etc.

Don’t forget to bring along any ideas you have had for what we can do in future meetings. Looking forward to seeing everyone again and hearing about any of your Ruby adventures over the last month.

Perhaps drop a comment on this post to indicate your interest and attendance to the evenings activities so we can gauge numbers.

See you next week.