Announcing a new Meetup for The Online ColdFusion Meetup!

What: “Why Git? Why Change?”, with Matthew McCullough

Our 6pm (US ET) talk on Thursday July 21 will be “Why Git? Why Change?”, with Matthew McCullough.

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

A new wave of version control systems is sweeping the development community. They are grouped under the heading of *distributed version control systems* or DVCSs for short. The three prominent DVCS names are Bazaar, Mercurial and Git. But which one should you choose? I’ll show you specifically what Git has to offer above and beyond its cousins in this 50 minute session. Your appetite for Git will be thoroughly whet through examples of how to think in terms of the very expanded capabilities that Git provides. This session will be filled with live demonstrations and thoughtful diagrams to make Git make sense. You’ll walk away inspired to use Git for both your current and upcoming projects.


DURATION: Approx. 1 hour

RECORDING: All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at

SPEAKER: (provided by the speaker)

Matthew McCullough is an energetic 15 year veteran of enterprise software development, open source education, and co-founder of Ambient Ideas, LLC, a U.S. consultancy. Matthew currently is a trainer for, author of the Git Master Class series for O’Reilly, speaker on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour, co-leader of Gradleware training, author of three of the top 10 DZone RefCards, and President of the Denver Open Source Users Group. His current topics of research center around project automation: build tools (Gradle, Maven, Leiningen), distributed version control (Git), Continuous Integration (Jenkins, Hudson) and Quality Metrics (Sonar). Matthew resides in Denver, Colorado, USA with his beautiful wife and two young daughters, who are active in nearly every outdoor activity Colorado has to offer.

WHEN: Thurs. July 21, 6:00pm US ET (UTC/GMT-4)

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Syntactically Awesome Style SheetsJosh Timonen is co-founder of Secret Monkey Science LLC, which creates iOS and web applications, both independently and for third parties.  He is the co-creator and voice of, which provides free educational screencasts on web technologies.  A designer and programmer, Josh has been involved in many aspects of multimedia creation. He previously worked at Intel Corporation as a software technician/engineer, where he contributed to the development of Serial ATA. He has contributed to several Hollywood feature films in various capacities, including main title design and web design.

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