Intro to Git and the Rise of Social Coding Presentation

Over the Christmas season, I participated in social coding community event called Commitmas. The objective was to learn git and try to use it every day for 12 days. As I wrote in another blog post, Rockin Around the Commitmas Tree, this was a great opportunity to jump start learning to use it with others in the community.

Since then I’ve continued using git on a regular basis for various side projects. I wanted the opportunity to share with the PernixData SE team a little bit about what I’ve learned and why it’s important for us to learn and use git. I feel that learning git is a crucial foundational skill for building and managing next generation datacenters and developing applications. I also like git for daily use to manage versions of documents or presentations.

Putting together this presentation was a bit special for me for two reasons. First, it’s the first technical presentation that I created that wasn’t related to my core competency, VMware vSphere. This stands out to me because it’s representative of my personal journey to be an early adopter of these new technologies. The configuration management/container/PaaS space is still in a very early phase and it reminds me of stories I’ve heard about having to perform vMotion on the command line. That’s always sound so old school to me because I started using vSphere in 2009 when 4.0 was released and it was all well established. I often wonder what this space will look in a few years and will it take less time to mature.

It’s also the first time that I’ve used reveal.js to create a presentation. I’ve had the chance to see a few presentations with done with reveal.js and really like the elegance and simplicity of it. As a technologist, I like the geekiness of creating my presentation with HTML.

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