Meetup Digest: Migrate to DVCS Sydney (October 2012)

Two weeks ago, I and a couple of other developers from Tyro went to the first “Migrate to DVCS Sydney” Meetup at Atlassian’s new headquarters. Here’s my notes on the most salient points from the evening (with some editorial by me in italics) …

Talk 1 – Jonathon Creenaune from the JIRA team

  • Know why you’re migrating. I’m sure he meant, and may have even said: have a business reason to change, don’t just be a cargo cult.

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A Blog About Me

Art installation that says "Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity"Welcome to my new blog! I’ve had blogs before. I had a blog about photography for a couple of months. I had an active blog about Scala for quite a while, which even achieved fleeting fame a couple of times. But when circumstances pull me in other directions such that I haven’t taken any photos for a few months and I haven’t written any Scala for a few months, I’ve got nothing to add to those blogs.¬†

While those blogs may have become stagnant, I have not. I’m learning things all the time, every day; things that are fascinating, things that are useful and things that are worth sharing. I realised that constraining my previous blogs to certain topics resulted in constraining which parts of my new knowledge I was able to share with people. I tend to read a lot, both on the web and from dead trees, and I learn lots of things that I think other people might benefit from hearing about.

So, this is my new blog, and it’s about me. It will be about Scala, but also about software in general; and it might be about photography, but also more widely about life lessons; and it will probably have some stuff about writing software at Australian banking startup Tyro Payments; and it might sometimes be about being a Dad and a husband, working happily with people, living in Sydney, playing the drums, designing web sites, reading books. These are all things I do, all things I’m learning from, and all topics where I’ve learned useful things that it would be useful to share. But really, the topic is me. Hopefully, amongst all that defines me, both the person I am and the person I’m becoming, you’ll find something worth reading about and, most of all, some things worth learning.

Image credit: Zephyrance Lou