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Scottish Ruby User Group


The Scottish Ruby User Group is a collection of people who are linked with Scotland and have an interest in Ruby and Ruby on Rails.

We meet every month online and in person in Edinburgh for presentations from members and guests, and a chat about Ruby and related subjects.

All are welcome, and there are no subscriptions or costs involved.

Meetings are announced in advance on the mailing list, Meetup, and Google Group and follow our code of conduct.

You can also find us on:

Meeting up

We currently meet online on the second Thursday of the month at 18:00. Currently we’re experimenting with the most appropriate video conferencing solution. Links will be posted the day before if you’re signed up on Meetup.

Mailing List

You can browse and subscribe to the list using the ScotRUG Google Group information page. The list is for announcements of activities and general Ruby support and discussion; feel free to post any questions you may have.


We have a Freenode channel #scotrug, though it’s quite quiet. There’s also the Gitter channel around the ScotRUG github repository. It is also quiet.

Code of Conduct

To ensure we provide a welcoming and friendly environment for all, attendees, speakers, organisers, and volunteers at any ScotRUG meetup are required to conform to our code of conduct.

Organizers will enforce this code throughout the meetup and meetup-related social events.


Videos of previous presentations have been provided courtesy of Cultivate.

Edinburgh, 13th July 2017 - Eva Koleli, A Short Introduction to Arel

posted 10 Jul 2017

Where and When?

Our Edinburgh meeting in July will be in CodeBase on Thursday the 13th, at 18:00. That’s in their shiny building on Castle Terrace.

You’ll know you’re in the right place as “CodeBase” is written across the glass doors.

When you arrive there will be someone in reception who can guide you to the right place. If you arrive late and no one is around contact us on Twitter: @scotrug, or send an email to the list. We’ll come and get you!


July: the odd month of the summer in Edinburgh. Usually the rainiest, the city none-the-less hums with activity in the build up to the Festival and the Fringe. There’s that flurry of other festivals: Film, Magic, Jazz & Blues and the start of the Art Festivals that get underway, and the seating for the Tattoo finally gets finished up, clinging to the edge of the Castle.

This month, we have a short talk from Eva Koleli: An Introduction to Arel. Eva works at FreeAgent, and uses Rails and ActiveRecord there to interact with their database. She’s had cause to jump down a level of abstraction from ActiveRecord to Arel before, and thinks we all might benefit from adding this tool to our Ruby toolbelt. After the talk, Eva will be running a workshop, providing a toy database to help you play around with Arel directly.

When all that is done, there will be plenty of time for questions and for general chat. We’ll supply some snacks to help get your hunger through to dinner, and CodeBase has water available from their kitchen. We’re a friendly bunch of humans and newcomers are most welcome!

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