Our experience using Ruby at The Floow

Union St, 18-20 Union Street, S1 2JP
6.30 to 8.00pm

Paul and Doug will begin by introducing The Floow and some of the more interesting components they use in their technology stack.

Then they will explain why they use Ruby at The Floow, compared to other available technologies, and what challenges this has presented.

There will be a quick tour of one of the more interesting and recent Ruby projects, Europcar, and they will talk about some of the challenges faced and how they overcame them.

They will then cover what the Ruby team does on a day to day basis, and how projects are run, from source control and peer code reviews, to automatically building, testing and deploying in a load balanced environment.

If you have any questions for them they will be welcomed at the end.

About our speakers

Paul Ridgway (CTO at The Floow)

When The Floow first started, Paul architected and implemented the majority of the initial technology. His role has evolved and is now the head of the technical development team working with clients such as Direct Line Group and AIG.

Paul is an experienced software architect and developer. He specialises in large scale and multi-platform architecture, however his knowledge covers a vast range of related topics including mobile and embedded platforms, hardware design and development, 2D and 3D graphics, machine learning, ability and scalability.

For the last 10 years, Paul has worked in the Computer Industry for a variety of clients, leading development and managing the projects. Past work has included an award winning large-scale distributed web crawler and a highly acclaimed 3D graphics technology demo in the form of a computer game.

Paul holds a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of Sheffield.

Doug Mills (Web team lead at The Floow)

Doug initially started at The Floow in 2013 and now leads the web team. He was responsible for building the building and overseeing the development of all portals for clients such as Direct Line, Churchill, AAA and Europcar in production today.

Doug has been developing web based solutions for over 16 years and prior to working at The Floow has worked directly with clients such as Bentley, CAT, Esendex, PlayerLayer and Feefo. He has also architected and developed a full e-commerce and CMS platform that has processed millions in successful sales.

About our venue

Our meetup will take place at our venue, Union St.

After the meetup, we’ll be heading to The Devonshire Cat for drinks, food and chat.