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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.

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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.

Data structures and syntactic sugar with Ruby

posted 13 Oct 2021

Where and When?

We unfortunately had to cancel last month’s meetup at the last minute, but are back again this month. Details are largely the same, only the date is different! So: we’ll meet online, on the second Thursday of the month at 18:00. Time to have a wee break if you’re working, meet your virtual friends . So: that’s the 14th of October at 18:00. Since we’re meeting virtually, we’ve sent out the link via our Meetup page for the event.


As we said last month: We will be talking about data structures. How do they (most commonly) work under the hood conceptually and why you would use one over the other? How do we use them in Ruby and what syntactic sugar do we have to access data from those data structures?

The good thing when we talk about data structures is you don’t have to be an expert with a specific language! We will talk about the general idea behind them and see how they work in Ruby. If this sounds fun, come along and learn together.

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