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php|architect Live! presents The Virtual Git Summit

A lot of teams these days are turning to Git as their source code control. If your team is considering it, or if you’ve already made the switch and want to take it to the next level, join us for the php|architect Live! Virtual Git Summit.

We have gathered together four presenters who are “living la vida Git”. These aren’t just experts in Git, they are actual users. They have the battle scars to back up their teaching, and they want to help you get the most out of Git.

When: February 1st, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time
Where: Online (In the cloud, where else would we host it?)


12:00 – 12:50 “Basics of Git”
David Collier
13:00 – 13:50 “Subversion to Git: A Sugar Story”
John Mertic
14:00 – 14:50 “You’ve Decided to Use Git as Your VCS for Your Team…So Now What?”
Chris Hartjes
15:00 – 15:50 “Git’s Meat Cleavers”
Travis Swicegood

* All times are in EST.


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“Basics of Git”

In a world where development workflow seems to be constantly changing, we have to adapt our toolbox nearly on a bi-weekly basis.

One of the tools that has been making waves over the past few years is the decentralized versioning system, Git. There are various workflows and terms, and contrary to popular belief, you do not need a PhD in order to use it.

This talk aims at providing an insight into the good, the bad and the ugly of Git without forgetting to mention one of the biggest reasons why Git is so popular — Github.

“You’ve Decided to Use Git as Your VCS for Your Team…So Now What?”

Chris Hartjes will guide you through how Moontoast has integrated Git into their development workflow with a team that is distributed across two continents. He will explain how Git’s branching and merging capabilities make it all possible along with how automation goes a long way towards making deployments stress-free.

“Subversion to Git: A Sugar Story”

After many years of faithful use of Subversion as our version control system of choice, we found the need for something more flexible that could better scale with the many code trees we manage across our engineering organization. In this talk, I’ll talk about how using Subversion for version control wasn’t doing it for us anymore, the move to using Git and GitHub (and the challenges along the way), and the various wins we have gained as an engineering organization and with our partner and community developers.

“Git’s Meat Cleavers”

Do you feel like all you do with Git is push and pull changes around? Ever wonder what git rebase --onto does? Are you curious how you can bisect your code without a scalpel? Join Travis as he introduces you to some of the lesser trodden paths of Git usage to show you how not only how to use them, but how to get yourself out of trouble when things go wrong.


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Jeremy Kendall

Jeremy is a PHP developer, a Zend Framework expert, the organizer of Memphis PHP, a public speaker, an open source contributor, and an amateur photographer.  He currently resides in his hometown of Memphis, TN.




David Collier

I am the President of PEAR, a PHP contributor, a public speaker, a co-founder of Orchestra, and the inventor of FRAPI. I usually spend my time working on Orchestra’s scalable architecture. My passion is mathematics, especially evolutionary and differential game theory as well as algorithmic group theory. I usually ramble on Twitter or IRC.”


John Mertic

John Mertic serves as the Community Manager for SugarCRM, having several years of experience with PHP web applications and open source communities. A frequent conference speaker and an avid writer, he has been published in php|architect, IBM Developerworks, and in the Apple Developer Connection, as well as authoring the book, ‘The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications’ and the book ‘Building on SugarCRM: Creating Applications the Easy Way’. He has also contributed to many open source projects, most notably the PHP project where is the creator and maintainer of the PHP Windows Installer.


Chris Hartjes

Chris Hartjes has been building web applications of all shapes and sizes since 1998, ranging from catalogs for CD compilations for professional DJ’s to large-scale dating websites. He is currently working for Moontoast, helping them build out their social commerce platform.

A huge consumer of open-source software, Chris tries to give back to the community via his blog, by speaking at conferences, and by co-organizing the GTA PHP User Group. He is also a big believer in the power of best practices and automation as secret weapons for organizations to deliver high quality applications quickly.

He lives in Milton, Ontario, Canada with his long-suffering wife, two daughters, a furry pig masquerading as a cat, and the reincarnation of the Roman god of the underworld in feline form.


Travis Swicegood

Travis Swicegood wrote the book on Git. Actually, he wrote two, including the first published book on Git. He works as an open-source developer at the Texas Tribune in Austin, Texas, where he preaches safe rebasing.