Git from the Bits Up

*Please note this is an LJC event. Skills Matter are hosting this event and are handling the attendance - it is essential that you confirm your place at this link:*

Git from the Bits Up - Presented by Tim Berglund

So you've gotten a handle on Git and know how to use it for everyday development tasks like committing code and pushing and pulling changes with the rest of the team. But do you really know how it works under the covers? In this talk, we'll commit a file to a brand new repository without ever touching the git add or git commit commands, and in the process learn some critical Git internals that every power user should know.

We'll also take a look at some advanced history and undo commands like reflog and reset, and how to rewrite past mistakes with interactive rebase. Bring your questions and Git challenges for 90 minutes of advanced Git fun!

Who Should Attend:

This session will appeal to people who want to learn more about Git. They will learn some Git internals that will help them in their everyday Git usage.

Any developer or designer will benefit, but especially devs who already know a little bit of Git.


Tim is a full-stack generalist and passionate teacher who loves working with people as much as he loves to code. He is a GitHubber whose mission is to make it easy for everybody in the world to use Git. He is a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, who loves to speak on Git, Cassandra, and other topics. He is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group, co-presenter of the best-selling O'Reilly Git Master Class, co-author of Building and Testing with Gradle, a member of the O'Reilly Expert Network, and a member of the GigOM Pro Analyst Network. He occasionally blogs at He lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth and their three children.


18:30: Doors Open
18:45: A series of lightning talks from members of The London Java Community - subjects to be announced.
19:00: 'Git from the Bits Up' presented by Tim Berglund (60 mins approx.)
20:15/30: Networking - The Old Ivy House Pub, 166 Goswell Road EC1V 7DT

Please Note:

Nearest tube: Barbican
Nearest Coffee Shop: Sun Coffee Shop, 55-63 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EN for if you arrive early
After event drinks venue: The Old Ivy House Pub, 166 Goswell Road EC1V 7DT

Refreshments are being kindly sponsored by GitHub.

*Please note this is an LJC event. Skills Matter are hosting this event and are handling the attendance - it is essential that you confirm your place at this link:*

Event Organised by RecWorks

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  • Barry C.

    Hey guys, Something you may be interested in. We are organising an event with a recruitment focus for the evening of Tuesday 23rd April. It will be an exclusive networking/recruitment event targeted at projects involving low level core Java, (concurrency, multithreading etc). We will have developers from 3-4 employers and 20-30 attendees. If you are interested in coming along or finding out more about the event please do let me know on [masked]

    April 11, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    Very informative, and this has definitely motivated me to learn more about Git. When Tim started talking about developers who look at Git as 'magic' and only learn a few 'spells' to make things work it made me think about how use Git...

    March 3, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Luigi Bitonti will present the lightning talk: CDI - Context and Dependency Injection for Java.

    February 20, 2013

    • Mani

      Thanks Luigi for the presentation last night, here's the recording http://skillsmatter.c...­, could please post the link to your slides!

      1 · March 1, 2013

  • Nico

    Great technical insight about Git.. something I would never have learnt on my own :

    March 1, 2013

  • Carl Matthew J.

    It was pretty good. Some sections overran a bit.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member says it's fully booked, and says you can RSVP - why not to use one system and not make things confusing ?

    February 28, 2013

  • Barbara R.

    Apologies, a last minute emergency at work prevents me from coming along this evening.

    February 28, 2013

  • John Z.

    Many apologies I did not discover sooner. I am fully booked on an urgent matter and shall not be able to attend despite my earlier expectation. Please give my place to someone else.

    February 28, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Hi all, We will be offering CV advice on the evening, please contact me, [masked], and I'll add your name to the list. Please bring along your CV and we'll do what we can to personally review it.


    February 28, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Would love to come but have too much work, hope it goes well.

    February 28, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Alex Florescu will present the lightning talk: Effective Java: Static factory methods vs constructors

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Phil B.

    parents evening now canceled...

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, last minute travel plans

    February 22, 2013

  • Tunji J.

    Sounds interesting, I sure will like to attend.

    February 21, 2013

  • Anji C.

    John Stevenson will present the lightning talk: Collaborating on projects with Github & Heroku

    February 19, 2013

  • John Z.

    Hi. Yes I'll attend.

    February 13, 2013

  • Phil B.

    Sorry, parents evening..

    February 8, 2013

  • rama

    I like to know about Git. Have n't used it.

    February 4, 2013

  • Abraham Marín P.

    Quite a shame I can't make it, I really want to get better acquainted to GIT!

    February 4, 2013

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