Saturday, January 23, 2010

Meeting 2nd February: Source Control Made Easy

Next Meeting Tuesday Feb 2nd.
Topic: Source Control Made Easy
Presenter: Jim Weirich 
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Few tools have changed the way I work as much as the git source control system.  Its distributed nature and lightweight branching and merging have made it possible for me to massage my code base in ways I couldn't have even imagined before using git.

However, git has a reputation for being hard to learn.  Because of its rather different approach to source control issues, many of the techniques we have learned in other source control systems do not translate cleanly when using git.

In this talk, we avoid the whole "fear of git" issue by not talking about git at all.  Instead we introduce the "Custom Source Control" (CSC) system and build it up from first principles.  In the end, we will have a completely functional, distributed source control system.  And because each step in our journey of building CSC is simple and straight forward, we end up with a completely understandable system.

So, this talk is not about git.  But attendees will end up with a deeper understanding of the principles behind git.

Did I mention this talk is not about git?  No, really!  It's not.



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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Meeting recap - 5 Jan 2010

At last nights roundtable we discussed among other things:
  • The Launch of cincycoworks
  • APLNLocal chapter forming
  • Android vs. iPhone
  • HTML 5
  • Comet and Ajax architecture
  • 5 Years ago we watched the Rails movie and switched to Ruby
  • Watched Tim Berners-Lee on TED on the next web
  • REST, RDFa, SPARQL 
  • 1, 5, and 10 year technology fearless predictions (TM)
    • Android grows
    • Bing grows
    • Ruby still playing a role
    • Someone moves to China
    • Maglev will someday announce a future release date
Please add comments on things I may have missed.

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