Why GitHub is amazing - a beginners guide and pro tips for developers

Summer is here, apparently people are on holidays, and it's hot out there so we're going to show you something cool.

We're going to take a closer look at Git, why Git is important to software developers and the benefits of using Git & Github.  We'll start with a high level introduction and history, why Git is relevant today, how to get started using Git for free right away, and a few pro tips and tricks.

The usual hot and cold beverages will be provided and this time we're going to bring freezies to mark the summer months.

Bring your laptops if you want to follow along or make a presentation!


6:15 - Doors open

6:45-7:00 - Introductions

7:00-8:00 - Why Git? - Nathan Roarty & Adrian Stevens

• Intro to source code repositories

• Why developers and corporations are using Git

• How to start using GitHub and BitBucket

• How to use Source Tree

• How to use Git with Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio

8:00-8:30 - P3P - Precise 3-minute Presentation - a chance for you to show us what you're up to.  We have a few things lined up already, if you have something to share, let us know!

8:30-9:00 - Network, socialize, & code 

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  • Jan H.

    And here the winner: drum roll, drum roll, Jorge Ramirez. I will ping you about your carrier preference.

    2 · July 29

  • Jan H.

    Last call to enter the drawing for the Lumia phone. Send DVLUP user name and links to your WP Apps(if you have any) to [masked]

    July 28

    • Adrian S.

      Thanks again - everyone - don't miss out on your chance to win a free phone!

      July 28

  • Nathan R.

    Great turn-out

    July 27

  • Jan H.

    Thanks again for having me. It was a great event. Don't forget to send me your DVLUP user name and links to your WP Apps if you have any. email: [masked] I will do the drawing for the phone in a couple of days and announce the winner here.

    3 · July 26

  • Jan H.

    Hey, would love to give a presentation about what I do. Where can I sign up. I'm also bringing a prize. :)

    1 · July 17

    • Jan H.

      Your 3 minute format sounds fun. I will give it a try.

      1 · July 23

    • Nathan R.

      Hey Jan- sounds great, there is currently no official sign-up, but we'll make sure there is time for you. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

      July 23

  • Bob S.

    FYI .. On my 30th anniversary year as a programmer, I have just made my first software release as an independent developer. I'm really happy with the product, and it's going to get better and better after 1.0.0. Nobody knows about Tizen, but it's going to be huge. https://twitter.com/monotizen/status/487253327172759552

    Because Gear 2 only supports HTML5 right now, we cannot use Mono on the watches, only on the forthcoming phones and other profiles, but I'm sure that C# will come to wearables soon enough too. It's already there for Android Wear with Xamarin.Android, I believe.

    1 · July 10

    • Bob S.

      http://monotizen.com­ is the website. I also have RPMs ready to go for the pending Mono-3.6 release.

      July 19

    • Bob S.

      Also ... Wearable C64 project cancelled, because the Tizen 2.x browser isn't good enough :-( ... https://twitter.com/Bo...­

      July 19

  • Bob S.

    Hey everyone! LG G and Samsung Gear Live smartwatches are on sale right now in Google Play, and you can build apps for them with Xamarin Studio. https://play.google.com/store/devices/collection/promotion_500013a_android_wear_ca

    1 · June 26

    • Bob S.

      I bought a Gear Live. The LG looks ugly to me, and it's more expensive. I think the Gear Live should be arriving imminently. I'll be very interested to see how it compares to the Gear 2. Very similar hardware. One on Tizen the other on Android Wear.

      July 14

    • Bob S.

      So I got my Gear Live. Very boring in comparison to Gear 2. Just one app - notifications. No phone. No camera. No video. No speaker. No full-control third party apps. Android Wear sucks ... :-)

      July 19

  • Novy D.

    Can't make it this time. Out of town on a much needed vacation.

    July 18

    • Nathan R.

      Have a great holiday - see you next time.

      July 19

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