YEGRB 0.9 Notes

Last night was YEGRB’s first meetup of the new year, and also our first meetup at Original Joe’s Varsity. Being able to order food and beer during the night was a plus, and we had a great set of talks.

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Speakers

The theme for this month’s meetup was “New Year, New Languages” and our speakers took that to heart.

First up was @MarkBennett talking about creating objects and inheriting properties with JavaScript’s prototypicial inheritence.

Next was @fnichol who came through with an interesting look at Groovy, or as he called A Java Head’s Gateway Drug to Ruby.

@darkhelmetlive followed up with a great dive into the language every Rubyist loves to hate, Python. After reading his notes on GitHub you might not be so quick to knock Python at the next meetup.

@scottbrooksca finished off the evening by blowing everyone’s minds with a discussion of Erlang. With it’s message passing and fail first philosphy it was a stretch, but he had everyone on his side by the time he was done!

Next meetup

The next meetup is going to be happening on Feb 15th. We’re talking about development workflows. What’s your editor of choice? Console or db tools? Do you autotest or use rake to run tests? We want to know all your favourite productivity tricks!

To prepare we’re asking all members to post a picture or video of your development setup and send a link to us @yegrb on Twitter. We’ll share these at the meetup and have a guided discussion over drinks.

Thanks for everyone for a great meetup last night!