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January LRUG Meeting Wednesday the 13th of January

January LRUG Meeting Wednesday the 13th of January

2009-12-18 @ 11:50

The first meeting of LRUG in 2010 will be on Wednesday the 13th of
January, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be
providing the space, at their new offices on Goswell Road; The Skills
Matter eXchange. It's a bright new space and we shouldn't have any
problems with fitting people in, but you should still register your
attendance early to let Skills Matter know you are coming.

Symbol vs. String

Julian Burgess fresh from his special guest hosting of the December
meeting is going to step once more into the spotlight, but this time
he's going to give us a talk:

    When I first started down the road of learning Ruby I had no idea
what a symbol was. Gradually I've learnt to the point that I believe I
can identify cases where using a symbol will be a good idea (saving
memory and speed) and cases where it would be a bad idea (eating up
all your memory).

    The talk would be pretty short, I might say something which is
completely wrong so will rely on the crowd to correct me. The goal
being at the end for everyone in the room to understand and love the

Note: Description borrowed from his Ruby Manor proposal. You can check
the thread to see what other things people asked for that he might
<Insert Talk Title Here>

<Talk blurb and links go here>

(If you think you can fill a gap in the agenda do let us know!)
"Analogue Blog"

We'll start the meeting with 10-15 minutes of free time for anyone to
speak. You don't need to ask for permission or let us know in advance
that you have something to say here, just turn up, stand up and say
it! It's a forum for announcements, or pleas for help, or a soapbox
for starting discussions. Just remember not to run on for too long as
there's probably other people that want to say something too.

We aim to finish up the meeting by 8pm, after which we mosey on down
to ... well ... we're not sure. Skills Matter's new office isn't close
to our old preferred pub, so we're going to have to find a new one.
We've organised a special LRUG Nights to do just that. Watch this
space to find out what pub we choose (or come along on the 6th to help
us choose!). Regardless of what pub we choose, if for any reason you
can't make the talks it's fine to come along just for the pub part of
the meeting.


Registration isn't mandatory as Skills Matter's new office has plenty
of space. However, registration lets Skills Matter arrange the room
properly and if you don't register you might have to sit on the floor.
It's also polite to let people know if you're coming. So, please do

There's also an upcoming event for those of us that love online
calendaring, but this is not a place to indicate attendance in a
meaningful way for Skills Matter.

Posted by Murray Steele on Thursday, December 17, 2009