Thanks to stylesen

On August 14,2010 Blue genie technologies conducted a open source software conference in Madurai. I handled a talk on Version control systems and Subversion basics in that conference. Mr.Senthil Kumaran from Collabnet was asked to deliver a talk on version control systems on the event. But due to some personal issues he couldn't come to the conf and he gave the opportunity to me to handle the same talk on that day!

My talk started around 10.30 AM and I talked about half an hour - explaining what is a version control system and why we need it etc. I explained the basic differences about the distributed and centralized version control systems. Then I introduced Subversion to the crowd and showed a very basic usage of subversion command line client.

There were around 1000 audience who were mostly students from in and around madurai! The feedback I got from the audience was, the talk was more technical explaining the versioning concepts, but lacked few very basic examples which could reach that target audience :( This is the lesson I learnt, so that I will prepare my future presentations by keeping the target audience in mind.

The slides I used for the presentation are here -> http://azhaguselvan.co.cc/files/vcs.pdf

Thanks to stylesen and Blue Genie Technologies for giving me this opportunity.

PS: I have also planned to give a talk on introduction to Django on that conf alongside with Mr.Bala Murugan who handled Web Programming with Python, but due to improper time management by the organizers I didn't get time to do that talk.

Published at : Wednesday Aug,25 2010 at 23:59 | Tags : presentation, talk, Subversion, | View Comments
My first talk to a public audience :D

OK, This is very late. Actually on the last thursday ( May 21st) myself and my friend gave a talk on Version control systems and git in KLN College of engineering and technology for the GTUG/OSUG Summer camp organised by the guys there.

There were around 90 people there in the hall and it was supposed to be a presentation with an hands-on session. But only after reaching there we came know that, git and other tools are not installed on their computers. Their internet connection is also a sucky one :( So limited our session to a talk and a demo on our laptop.

I talked about the concepts of version control systems, why we need it?, what it can do? and the difference about distributed and centralised models etc etc. I also gave a brief intro about the history of git. The audience had no idea of software development, so had to keep my talk very minimally technical.

Next my friend Karthik continued and talked about the git command line tool, demo'ed and explained some of the basic commands. There was literally no response from the crowd but after the day when we asked some guys personally, they said that the session was nice :D

There were also other sessions on the day handled by my college-mates on Virtual box, Linux networking, Subversion and GIMP :)

The KLN guys were nice and their hospitality is good. Overall a awesome day for me, cos it killed the remaining bits of fear in me about addressing a crowd :D

The presentation slides are here - http://blog.azhaguselvan.co.cc/files/vcs.pdf

PS: Thanks to stylesen for his presentation on Version control systems.

PSS: I have used latex-beamer to prepare presentations for this and it uber-cool :P

Published at : Thursday May,27 2010 at 11:09 | Tags : git, presentation, talk, | View Comments
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