This was one of the opening day tutorials at ZendCon this year, and I was honoured to be delivering this session there. I like to teach git and this crowd were at a variety of levels, they were interactive, and they asked great questions. And yes, I had a ball :)
This talk is really a case study of how and why you might build a website or other application out of two pieces: a frontend and a backend. This conference publishes video so that will appear in due course, but for now here's the feedback link and the slide deck:
This was a great session, split into two parts. The first half was a rather speedy tour through all the various skills that any git apprentice must study and master: good, curated commits, branching, merging, multiple remotes. Part two was "what do you want to know?" - we brainstormed a list of topics and the attendees voted on what they most wanted to see.
Feedback is here: http://joind.in/talk/view/11776
DrupalCon is a fun event, and it was a privilege to be able to go and tell that community all about what's changed in PHP between the current minimum version requirement for Drupal 7 (PHP 5.2!) and today. Great crowd as always :)
I visited DrupalCon as a tourist when it came to Amsterdam - I don't use Drupal at all but since it's built on PHP, there's quite a bit of overlap between the communities. I was delighted to come and present on OOP at this event, since the new version of Drupal will use many more of these features.
When @netmag asked me if I could write down just enough git to allow someone to get involved in open source, I jumped at the chance. Even better, they improved my felt-tip-pen diagrams and created something that is both useful and pretty! The article walks you through, getting the code you want to work on, keeping up with an evolving project, and some tips on how to create a great pull request that will get accepted and make you an open source contributor.