West London Bloggers

Anyone can write posts at West London Coders. Writing about development or your experience at our meetups is a great way to express yourself, provoke discussion and get involved in the developer community.

Hackrooms are live!

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Steve Brewer
25 days ago, 26 Feb

I've made a few updates to the site over the weekend. You can now:

+ Create hackrooms for people to join
+ Add basic information to the page, including the main language the hackroom is focussed on, as well as any sideline languages used
+ Your hackroom will appear on the page of the languages you're using as well as your profile, and the profiles of anyone who joins it
+ Join any hackroom by pressing a button on the ha...

Hackrooms

West London Coders visits Sky again!

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Steve Brewer
29 days ago, 22 Feb

What a great evening we had at Sky last night!

Laura once again had us round to hang out in their brand new Sky Cinema in the stunning shopping mall Sky's just built for their people at their campus in Osterley, West London.

Check out #skyWLC for the highlights.

We had four fantastic speakers: Alasdair Clark from Sky talking about how understanding why you are doing something motiva...

Events

Applying for a Ruby developer role at FutureLearn

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Steve Brewer
2 months ago, 16 Jan

I've had some questions lately about the Ruby developer vacancies at FutureLearn, so I thought I'd share my advice about applying.

Are we a match?

How well you match culturally with a company is one of the first things anyone should look at when deciding whether to apply to work there. The three paragraphs at the top of my CV were really important in the decis...

Hiring

When I knew I was ready to be a developer

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Steve Brewer
2 months ago, 15 Jan

I spent all my summer break from work as a primary school teaching assistant learning to code. I was 28, interested in online learning, and there was all this talk about online code schools. I wondered how that would translate to education generally, and reminisced about the time I asked my school teacher when I was eight if we could play SimCity at school because it’s educational, and she laughed at what she thought was a daft idea.

I got addicted to

Learning

Rails to Slack announcements

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Steve Brewer
2 months ago, 15 Jan

Until we've added notifications to the site, this handy gem lets you post messages to Slack from Rails.

By adding a line to a controller, we now get a message in our Slack #general when someone comments on the site. It posts their name, comment and a link to the comment so we can reply to it easily.

I've also put recent comments on the home page.

Here's the after_action I've set on the comment '...

Rails

West London Coder X Google Developers Group

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Jerome Clarke (JJ)
2 months ago, 15 Jan

We kicked off our first West London Coders event of the year with Google Developers Group Cloud yesterday afternoon. 

65 People gathered to learn, practice and discuss code by forming groups in order to hack ambitious ideas together, mostly using Google Cloud technology. We saw some amazing group presentations at the end of the day. 

My personal favourite was an App that can pair you up with a random person to meet in a local coffee shop and provides you with a fake backsto...

Meetup

Google Developers Group Saturday 14th Jan

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Jerome Clarke (JJ)
2 months ago, 12 Jan

We are very happy to announce that we will be kicking off our first Meetup of the year with Google Developers Group. GDG is another Meetup group run by developers, for developers, in a similar format to how we do things here at West London Coders.

This is a fantastic networking opportunity for all those who attend and we are very excited to have them join us this Saturday for another fun session of learning and...

Meetup

Building our Rails app Part 1: Intro to Rails

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Steve Brewer
2 months ago, 11 Jan

I'm going to run through how I built this site using Ruby on Rails over a series of posts. For the first post, I'll start with my explanation of how Rails works.

How Rails works

I imagine Rails to be like a big robotic factory with three arms: Models, Views and Controllers. These arms do most of the heavy lifting for you and it makes a lot of assumptions so you spend less time typing the same lines of code over and over. For example, create a users resource in the routes.rb f...

Rails

WLC at Sky, 21st February

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Steve Brewer
2 months ago, 11 Jan



It's time for another meetup at Sky! In just six weeks we'll be settling in with wine/beer and pizza for lots of interesting short talks lined up with breaks between to chat.


There’ll be plenty of time to ask the speakers questions and chat to others before, between and after the talks, so come along! Everyone’s welcome and it was great fun last time!


Our first meetup at

Meetup

Our new Rails app 🎉

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Steve Brewer
3 months ago, 4 Jan

Welcome to our new site! This is a Ruby on Rails app and it lets us make an account and have a profile.

We can also add skills and interests to our profiles, and search for other people by skill or interest. This should make it easier to remember who's into what language, and help us make groups of people into the same things.

There's still tons of features we can add and everyone's welcome to help. The code is here if ...

Rails

Python hackroom with Ali Hamdan

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Steve Brewer
3 months ago, 17 Dec

Today at our 17th meetup we had our first talk and hackroom by one of our own members, Ali Hamdan, a network security engineer at RiverSafe. Ali gave an intro to Python to the whole group, then took anyone interested in learning more to another meeting room.

Ali is a self-described Python addict: “My interest in computing began during 6th form where I...

Python

Getting a job in Software Development

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Steve Brewer
4 months ago, 3 Dec


Last Saturday, we enjoyed a cracking talk from Shabbir Naqvi about getting into software development. Shabbir had some great tips to navigate the job hunting arena with for budding new developers, eager to find their first job paying them to do what they love.

Shabbir is a delivery manager at

Hiring

West London Coders at Sky Campus

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Steve Brewer
7 months ago, 28 Aug

We’re now just over two weeks away from our meetup at Sky, who are hosting us at their Osterly campus with food, drinks and a couple of fantastic talks!

Sky’s senior JavaScript developer Andy Bryant will be giving us an intro to functional programming, examining how to program in a functional style using ES6+. He’ll discuss what functional programming means, its benefits, methodology, and techniques.

Scott Guymer, Sky’s principal engineer from their Digital Hub in Leeds, wi...

Hiring

Day 2 at YOOX NET-A-PORTER

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Steve Brewer
7 months ago, 11 Aug

Today was our second meetup at YNAP, and this time it was at their fabulous head office in Westfield’s The Village.

I’m not sure if it was YNAP’s stunning interior design rubbing off on us or if new member Sharla’s creative spark brought us in this direction but today we chose her idea to run with for our front end project: 🐈 Cat Vacuuming.

Not as cruel as it sounds, it turns out some cats ❤️ love a bit of suction. W...

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Day 1 in the YOOX NET-A-PORTER House

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Steve Brewer
8 months ago, 30 Jul

Today we had our first meetup away from Costa and it was joyous! Jerome secured the venue with YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP and it’s a fantastic space.

For the first time we were able to hear each other! So this was the first meetup where we actually managed to have several people committing to the same repo, and we built a

NET-A-PORTER

Hello WLC!

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Steve Brewer
9 months ago, 21 Jun

So this group grew a lot faster than I anticipated, which is great! Clearly there’s a demand for meetups in West London! I’m looking for an alternative venue for this Saturday (though still at Ealing Broadway), suggestions welcome - otherwise we’ll stick with Costa. Going forward, I’m aiming to host a meetup weekly but with no obligation for anyone to attend all of them.

The plan is the same:

It’s not a teacher-led meetup, it will be something between a social and a hackday...

Costa

First Public Meetup

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Steve Brewer
9 months ago, 21 Jun

It’s almost 7:30pm and Costa is about to close and four of us are still here, some of us since 11am. So we had a pretty good time! We got everyone added to the Github team with write access to the website and some of us have made some commits already.

We agreed that Costa is a great venue to meet at so we will continue here for the time being, at midday on Saturdays. Don’t feel obliged to attend every Saturday, and you can always join remotely on Slack or Hangouts if it’s...

Costa