We need you! That's right friend, fellow enthusiast, Ruby newbie, good-looking passerby, we're calling upon you to join us in spreading the goodness of the Ruby programming language to anyone interested, but especially to you!

The Scoop

We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Our current meeting spot is at Simpl.fi, just west of Downtown Fort Worth, but make sure to double-check the location before you head out. Organizing impromptu hacknights is strongly encouraged!

You can find all upcoming events on our Meetup group page.

Upcoming Events

September 15, 2016
6:30pm @ Simpli.fi | RSVP

Ryan Bell, CTO of TroopTrack.com will talk about his experience with the Crystal language, a new ruby-like language that is extremely fast for native operations and is Ryan’s new tech crush. Bring all the empathy you can muster cuz Ryan is totally smitten and will gush on and on like that awkward friend of yours in college who went on a date with someone who actually liked him back. Oh, wait… I was just like that too. Doh.

October 20, 2016
6:30pm @ Simpli.fi | RSVP

New to Ruby? New to Programming? Have you always wanted to get into software development but have been too intimidated by things like terminals, vim and lambdas?

Craig Bowes will present a complete newbie’s introduction to programming with Ruby. Learn all the basics from writing and running ruby programs, flow control, variables, gems, maybe even a little OOP for good measure.

This will be a “learn by doing”, “get your hands dirty” approach to Ruby. Taking lessons from teaching his kids Ruby programming using concepts from RPG’s, Craig will walk you through bringing elements from pen and paper role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons with rolling dice and fighting monsters while teaching programming concepts.


If you want to follow along on your own laptop you’ll want to pre-install a good code editor to write your Ruby programs in (no…a word processor like Microsoft Word or TextEdit won’t work.)

Some popular code editors that work well with Ruby:

While we recommend writing Ruby on Mac or Linux, we understand some people will only have access to an operating system called “Windows.” The text editors above are available on all three platforms.

You’ll also need to install Ruby itself, also available on all three platforms:

For Mac and Linux:


follow the instructions to install RubyInstall and then install Ruby 2.3:

ruby-install ruby 2.3

For Windows:


You can install ruby 2.3.1 on windows by following the instructions.

If you have any problems, feel free to message me on Meetup.com ahead of time.

Get Involved

  • Join the Google group and participate in discussions
  • Attend our monthly meetups (don't forget to RSVP)
  • Volunteer to speak on a subject
  • Announce impromptu meetups at a nearby beverage joint
  • Follow announcements on Twitter
  • Fork this site on GitHub and help us shine things up