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14
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Online Interactive Learning - LearnStreet - Javascript Python and Ruby

Online Interactive Learning

In our field, we are on the constant slide down the technology hill, and we have to fight, climb, run, jump, do anything we can to try and stay on top. Luckily, as technology advances, so do the awesome online training tools available, and surprisingly, a lot of them are FREE.

I thought I'd look at a few of them, it seems like every week there is a new one, but as I hear of them, I want to evaluate them, see which ones are good, and why, and share the knowledge with you. 

Last week on Twitter, I heard about NodeSchool again, Ray Camden is always talking about them, and for good reason, but then I heard of one that hadn't crossed my radar before then. Carol Hamilton was talking about one of her sons, stealing her laptop to get back to LearnStreet.com. If its that appealing to an eleven year old... maybe I should have a look... so thats what I did.

10
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

cfObjective 2014 - Make your Vote Count - NOW!

cfObjective

cfObjective, a great Coldfusion focused conference, with a lot of other great technology topics to complement ColdFusion, has only a couple more days left for you to get your vote in on what topics you would/might want to see at cfObjective 2014. Voting ends 11/11/2013

The Content Advisory Board dedicates a lot of time and energy to make sure cfObjective has the best content possible, by having open call for speakers (now closed) and then public voting... using Trello - the link is here https://trello.com/b/4M6JSoyL/cf-objective-call-for-speakers-2014
The CAB states the voting is an important part of their selection process, but it is not the be all and end all. 

09
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Creating your SSH Keys for Bit Bucket

Source Control

Many Git Servers communicate using SSH, and to authenticate, you should use SSH Keys. You can setup multiple keys, but that goes beyond a Dummies setup… so we'll setup a general Public / Private SSH Key Pair.  If you don't have a Bit Bucket account, make sure you go through this post. If you need to install Git on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux, visit some of my older posts.

09
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Setting Up your Remote Repo on Bit Bucket

Source Control

Git is a distributed system, so you have "local" repos on you and your developers machines, and then (usually) a remote repo.
In our last walkthrough, we started by creating the "local" repo on your machine... now we need to setup the remote repo, in this example, we're going to use Bit Bucket, because you can have unlimited free private repos for individuals, and small teams, and very affordable prices for bigger teams. 

08
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Your First Repo

Source Control

If you have been following along, you will have learned that the reasons you were not using Source Control (assuming you are reading this because you're not using it) were not really good reasons, and you've installed Git on Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux, and you're ready to create your first repo.

08
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Installing on Linux

Source Control

Installing Git on Linux is almost a worthless blog post, but still, if you find my blog series on Git for Dummies, you might need to know.

You can choose to compile from source, but for this simplistic post, we'll just show you how to install via the basic package management.

07
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Installing Git on Mac OSX

Source Control

As I mentioned in my last entry, Git for Dummies - Installing Git on Windows, this is the beginning of a Git for Dummies Series, where I'll help walk you through installing Git and how to get started using Git from the command line. Later on, we can look at some of the GUI and Web tools, and see what they offer you.

Lets git to it.

07
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Installing Git on Windows

Source Control

Here is the first entry in my series of Git for Dummies. Git is not new, its been around for a while, so there are command line, gui, and web tools... to show how to get started, I'm going to show you how to use Git from the command line (yes, even on windows), and then later, we can look at some of the good GUI tools, and all the power they can provide.

First things first… go to git-scm.com and download the version for your OS, in this case, its windows.

05
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Not Using Source Control? Amazingly, You're Not Alone

Source Control

This is kinda tough to admit, as I take pride in my work, my abilities, my drive… but up until recently… I was one of those people… that was living in a bubble, and was behind the times in a lot of things, ok, maybe almost everything. I had heard about lots of best practices… but living in my bubble, they were muffled, and almost sounded like a different language. This year, I decided to burst my bubble and get out, and now I'm free of my bubble, there are a lot of things I can finally understand, and implement, and one of those best practices I needed to implement, shamefully I must say, is Source / Version control

04
November 2013

Gavin Pickin

cfObjective 2014 Topic 3 - Why ColdFusion Koans is a great tool - Applying Test Driven Learning

cfObjective

This is the third and final Topic I submitted to the Call for Speakers for cfObjective 2014. You can find Topic 1 here, and Topic 2 here
Please don't forget to go and vote, whether it is for my topics, or anyone else's... it all helps making cfObjective a better conference.

Topic Title: Why ColdFusion Koans is a great tool - Applying Test Driven Learning - Gavin Pickin

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