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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 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 Open Tech Calendar, and follow our code of conduct.

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, 8 February - Refactoring Through Git

posted 07 Feb 2018

Where and When?

Our Edinburgh meeting in February will be in CodeBase on Thursday the 8th, 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!


The days are getting longer, though also colder. February is that trickiest of months; not darkest, but still overwhelmingly night. It’s cold too, and since the natural growing season has been so long delayed, the fresh food from local sources is reduced. However, the year is unfurling! Three Ruby conferences are scheduled for the UK, and the promise of spring is tantalizing.

Spring reminds me of the tradition of spring cleaning. You can open your house/flat/office again to the outside world, meaning you can give everything a proper rinse, polish, shine and soak. Refactoring code is a little bit like cleaning your code, getting it into shape to be easier to use over the next while. Ashley Ellis Pierce works at Github and in November presented on Git Driven Refactoring to RubyConf. We’re going to show the video at ScotRUG this month! If you’re curious about refactoring, what SOLID even is, and how git might help, then this is for you. Likewise, if you’ve already seen the video but wanted to discuss it and related topics with other people, come along!

We’ll supply some snacks to help get your hunger through to dinner, and stave off the cold. CodeBase has water available from their kitchen. We’re a friendly bunch of people and newcomers are most welcome! See you there? Great!

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