Meetup October 11th, 2017

Stephen Freund - Data Management in Rails

Active Record makes interfacing with the database in a Rails app easy and clean, but it can cause headaches when working with a lot of data. I will walk through how to effectively use Rails to Create, Read, Update, and Destroy Mb or Gb of data, as well as what might be causing the headaches in the first place.

Stephen Freund is a data engineer at Springbuk. His primary focus for the last ~1 year has been normalizing and importing healthcare data for use in the Springbuk app. Besides writing Ruby, he enjoys running, reading, watching football, and debating the merits of Star Wars vs Star Trek.

Davey Strus - The Path to Senior

Davey Strus goes over what he believes are the key attributes to work towards to evaluate and achieve the title of “Senior Developer”.

Davey is a partner at Fretless, where he codes and teaches Ruby and JavaScript.

Meetup September 13, 2017

Lightning Panel!


  • What is important to me when looking for a job?
  • What is important to me when looking to hire?
  • What code lesson could you have learned early in your career that would’ve saved you a ton of pain?
  • What gem do you keep returning to, time and time again? i.e. a long-lived, super useful, under-the-radar thing.
  • What is your favorite non-standard pattern to apply to a Rails project?
  • When do you open source your code? How do you keep up with managing it?


Steve Hodges

Steve is a full-time rubyist and director of technology at Localstake, an Indy-based financial startup. He’s written web apps since 1999, switching to primarily working in Ruby on Rails work in 2011.

Clayton Parker

Clayton is the DevOps wizard at Octiv, where he got his professional start in Ruby. When he’s not hacking away in Vim, you’ll find him on the soccer field or drinking a craft beer somewhere around town.

Andrew Robinson III

Andrew is the head of product and engineering at Lessonly. He started out doing Net and Java (even some COBOL back in the high school days)… but found the light around 2011 which is when he found RoR. He loves engineering, but recently his passions have been split between engineering, design, product, and servant leadership.

Anna Carey

Anna is a Team Lead/Senior Developer for MOBI and has been programming in Ruby since 2007. She likes DevOps and performance work far more than UI. Before that, she wrote java for the NCAA. She has two adorable goofball daughters that are 1 and 5.

Tony Drake

A senior web developer with about 10 years (most of it in Ruby) of total experience building web sites professionally. By day, he curses DHH’s name while hacking away at code and trying to keep junior devs from scraping their knees. By night, he’s peeling away from the starting line while blowing up other vehicles in his way in Mario Kart.