Friday Hacks #37, Jan 18

Posted on by omer

Welcome back! Please note that we’re shifting Friday Hacks to University Town’s ERC, SR2 this semester. Also, we will start at 6:30pm, with pizza served first! :)

This week we have Benjamin Tan, a software engineer and SoC Alumni talking about his experiences building and releasing a Ruby gem, and Cedric Chin, an NUS student, speaking on software testing as a way of avoiding bugs.

Date/Time: Friday, January 16 at 6:30pm
Venue: SR2, Education Resource Centre, University Town. Map: //
Free pizza is served before the talks.

Talk 1: Coderippa, or how I built my first Ruby gem (Benjamin Tan, NUS Alumni)

Talk Description:

Coderippa (// is a gem that turns any file or code directory into a beautiful, readable PDF ebook. Why did I built it? Well, we don’t take the time to study the code written by the masters. I have absolutely no idea how vim works, neither do I know all the magic that goes behind Rails, or how Coffeescript is written in Coffeescript and Rubinus is written in Ruby … You get the idea.

CodeRippa is my attempt to make source code reading a more pleasurable experience, and help programmers get better at their craft. This talk covers the things I’ve learnt from building it.

Speaker Profile: 

Benjamin Tan graduated from SoC last year, and is now living the life as a Software Engineer.

Talk 2: Testing: Never Fear Bugs Again (Cedric Chin, NUS Student)

Talk Description: 

Ever had the experience where you push some changes to your app, and cause a set of bugs to appear in some other part of your program? Well, testing is supposed to prevent this sort of behaviour. In this talk I’ll make the case for testing your software (and when not to) and walk you through some basic ideas using Rails and RSpec as an example. Talk directed at programmers who don’t (yet) test.

Speaker Profile:

Cedric was formerly President of NUS Hackers, and considers himself a web developer. He likes green tea, Python, and cats.

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