TelFOSS Meeting Review + Slides
Yesterday we had another Tel Aviv Free and Open Source Software meeting.
The meeting took place at a new venue provided by Amir. The venue was Shenkar engineering and design school in Ramat Gan (which is like an extension of Tel Aviv - so it's cool :)
A lot of people came to the meeting, and it was very nice to see so many new faces. This time we had a review of "Programming Pearls" which Shlomi Fish gave, followed by a lecture on Source Code Management systems (also called Version Control Systems) given by me.
It was a refreshing experience to speak of something that all programmers had in common and although I thought we're going to have tackles of "Git vs. Subversion vs. whatever", we didn't. We had interesting discussions on programming paradigms, policies and programming conventions and how SCMs can help or impede them.
Later on two Python programmers from the Israeli Python web programmers group who came to the event joined Shlomi, Gabor and me and we went to a restaurant where we continued the discussions and dined.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience. It was a kind reminder of the warm feeling of supportive communities and subcommunities. It was also nice to see people who were fluent with SCMs (to whom the lecture probably added no real value) but came for the added value of community. I honestly appreciate it.
I've uploaded the slides I used for my lecture - available here . The lecture itself was an hour and a half, so the slides only accompanied and don't relay the entire content.
Next meeting I will be attending is a Haifa.pm meeting that will take place on Apr. 28th. Gabor and I will be speaking of Perl programming for Android. We'll show how to set up your environment, how programming Perl on Android works and a few examples to get you started. Hopefully by then I'll be able to set up Plack + Dancer on my phone.
Kudos to those organizing the meetings: Shlomi Fish for TelFOSS (and TelAviv.pm), Shmuel Fomberg for Haifa.pm and Gabor Szabo for Rehovot.pm.