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Git Makes Me Angry Inside
Tue 10 November 2015, 18:30 – 20:00 GMT
Our speaker in November will be Emma Jane Hogbin Westby (@emmajanehw)
In order to deliver great design, teams have to work together, understand one another's roles, and share information and assets. For those of us who work in teams alongside developers and programmers, it's very likely that we will have to share code, as well; for example, from HTML and CSS prototypes.
Git is a widely-used system that can help with some of this sharing... but learning how to use it, as a team, is not always a happy journey. It's time to take a more human-centered approach...
BRING PEN, PAPER, OR TABLET - this is going to be interactive!
You are a clever and talented person. You create beautiful designs, or perhaps you can architect a system that even a cat could use. Your peers adore you. Your clients love you. But (until now) you haven't *&^#^ been able to make Git bend to your will. It makes you angry inside that you have to ask your co-worker, again, for that *&^#^ command to share your work.
It's not you. It's Git. Promise.
We'll kick off this session with an explanation of why Git is so freaking hard to learn. Then we'll flip the tables and make YOU (not Git) the centre of attention. You'll learn how to define, and sketch out how version control works, using terms and scenarios that make sense to you. Yup, sketch. On paper. (Tablets and other electronic devices will be allowed, as long as you promise not to get distracted choosing the perfect shade for rage.) To this diagram you'll layer on the common Git commands that are used regularly by efficient Git-using teams. It'll be the ultimate cheat sheet, and specific to your job. If you think this sounds complicated, it's not! Your fearless leader, Emma Jane, has been successfully teaching people how-to-tech for over a decade. She is well known for her non-technical metaphors which ease learners into complex, work-related topics that previously felt inaccessible.
Yes, this is an introductory session. No, you don't have to have Git installed to attend. You don't even need to know where the command line is on your computer. Yes, you should attend if you've been embarrassed to ask team-mates what Git command you used three weeks ago to upload your work...just in case you're supposed to remember.
If you're a super-human Git fanatic who is frustrated by people who don't just "git it", this session is also for you. You'll learn new ways to effectively communicate your ever-loving Git, and you may develop a deeper understanding of why your previous attempts to explain Git have failed.