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== Trackback and Links ==
== Trackback and Links ==
* [ GitTogether 2008] by Scott Chacon on GitHub blog describes what happened there.
* [ GitTogether '08] post by Shawn Pearce, Google Open Source Programs Office and Git contributor, on [ Open Source At Google] blog, has links to results of GitTogether 2008 (in form of email threads)
* SD Times On The Web mentions GitTogether'08 in [ Git changes how developers manage source code versions] by Alex Handy
* SD Times On The Web mentions GitTogether'08 in [ Git changes how developers manage source code versions] by Alex Handy
* Junio C Hamano (Git maintainer) talks about GitTogether'08 in his blog:
* Junio C Hamano (Git maintainer) talks about GitTogether'08 in his blog:
** [ Gittogether coming up...]
** [ Gittogether coming up...]
** [ Back from GitTogether]<<BR>> (includes minor correction to SDTimes article mentioned above)
** [ Back from GitTogether]<<BR>> (includes minor correction to SDTimes article mentioned above)
* [ GitTogether '08] post by Shawn Pearce, Google Open Source Programs Office and Git contributor, on [ Open Source At Google] blog
= Previous [[GitTogether]] =
= Previous [[GitTogether]] =

Revision as of 16:44, 5 November 2008


These are events when git developers and users physically meet in the same place.

Discussions and Projects

A couple of wiki pages for notes on some of the longer term project topics we discussed at the GitTogether08.

GitTogether '08

October 27(Mon)-29(Wed) in Mountain View, California (day after the Google SoC Mentor Summit).

Signup deadline is Oct 14th. Google needs a final guest list by then to prepare badges, sign in lists for reception, and a final head-count to plan for food.

Any questions, please contact Shawn Pearce ( ).

We have a Google Calendar for tracking what we are doing, so consider adding it to your own Google Calendar, iCal or whatever:

  • Calendar ID:
  • iCal
  • HTML
  • XML

We have a Google Moderator session for questions:


  1. Junio C. Hamano (not on Wednesday)
  2. Shawn O. Pearce
  3. Petr Baudis
  4. John "Warthog" Hawley
  5. Johannes Schindelin
  6. Sam Vilain
  7. David Symonds
  8. Christian Couder (not on Wednesday)
  9. Scott Chacon
  10. Nick Hengeveld
  11. Steven Grimm
  12. David Reiss
  13. Adam Mosseri
  14. Eugene Letuchy
  15. Tim Ansell
  16. Sverre Rabbelier
  17. Jeff King
  18. Kai Blin
  19. Eric Wong
  20. David Bryson
  21. David Brown
  22. Pierre Habouzit (not on Wednesday)
  23. Tom Preston-Werner
  24. H. Peter Anvin (aka hpa)

Google has us capped at ~25 attendees.

Please join the GitTogether mailing list. We promise to keep the traffic low and to disband it after the event. Useful information for attendees will be sent to this list as we get closer to the GitTogether.

Approximate Agenda

For the full agenda, please see the Google Calendar linked above, but the important highlights are here:

  • Monday (27th)
  • 10:00-11:00 am: Johannes Schindelin's Google Tech Talk: Contributing with Git.
    • This talk will be recorded and eventually posted on a Google video property (e.g. Google Video or YouTube) after the GitTogether. It may take up to a month for the video to get uploaded, depending on the backlog of the tech talk staff.
  • 12:00-1:00 pm: lunch
    • 6:00 pm: Dinner at Charlie's
  • Tuesday (28th)
  • 12:00-1:00 pm: lunch
    • 6:00 pm: Dinner out: Dinner at Mediterranean Grill House, 650 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
  • Wednesday (29th)
    • 9:00-9:30 am: arrive, mingle, hot breakfast
    • 12:00-1:00 pm: lunch
    • 6:00 pm: Dinner out: Dinner at Temptations, 288 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Please try to time your arrival to the 9:00-9:30 am window each day. Googlers will be on hand to help you sign in and find the meeting room. After 9:30 signing in will get a little bit more interesting as you may need to work with main reception.

All meals with the exception of Tuesday and Wednesday night are free. Tuesday and Wednesday dinner are at our own expense. We'll try to locate two establishments in the Mountain View area with a rough price of $15-$20 USD/person (beverage, entree). If anyone is a local and has suggestions, .


Status Speaker Kind of session Title Talk Length
done Johannes Schindelin Google Tech Talk Contributing with Git (or: all your rebase are belong to us) 1 hour
scheduled Shawn O. Pearce Talk + Brainstorm introduce the secret bundle project 1 hour
scheduled Shawn O. Pearce Talk + Debate JGit, where is it going? .5 hour
scheduled Shawn O. Pearce Talk + Plan Hacking Pack v4, what's stopping you? 1 hour
Sam Vilain Talk+Q&A, Discussion GitTorrent - the rfc, implemenation 1 hour
Sam Vilain FooStyle Git as a DB backend 1 hour
scheduled Sam Vilain War story perl.git conversion 0.5 hour
scheduled Junio C Hamano Talk Git Chronicle, Recent Additions to Git 1 hour
scheduled Scott Chacon Talk/Discussion Linkable library, Scriptability 1 hour
Scott Chacon Hack Session(proposed) Architecting / Building a usable linkable library  ?
lunch Scott Chacon Lightning Talk iGitHub - git daemon and repository browser on the iPhone 10 min
scheduled Tom Preston-Werner Talk/Discussion Git ideas from GitHub 1 hour
scheduled S Grimm, D Reiss Talk/Discussion Life with git in a Subversion shop 1 hour
Petr Baudis Talk/Discussion New git homepage hammering out 0.25- hour
 ? Talk/Discussion Git GUI that even a designer would use 1 hour
Jeff King Talk/Discussion Helping new developers join the git community 0.5 hour
Jeff King Talk/Discussion What needs refactoring? 0.5 hour
lunch Jeff King Lightning Talk Portability autobuilders 5 min
lunch Petr Baudis Lightning Talk Quick TopGit introduction, problems, future plans 10 min
Petr Baudis War story Deploying Git in pharma corporation (SXI,[attachment:GitTogether08-pasky-Git_at_Novartis-converted.swf SWF],demo) 0.5 hour
Petr Baudis Talk/Brainst./Hacking introduce the secret pickaxe project 0.25 hour
scheduled Petr Baudis Talk/Discussion/Hack What still rocks in Cogito and other Git's UI abominations (SXI,[attachment:GitTogether08-pasky-Git_UI-converted.swf SWF]) 1 hour
scheduled David Brown Talk/Discussion Using git in a 150+ user corporate environment 1 hour
scheduled Jeffrey Altman Talk/Discussion OpenAFS' switch to Git, where is Windows Git going? 1 hour
Petr Baudis Brainstorming Renames - current situation, future options 0.25+ hour
Petr Baudis Tutorial TopGit 0.5 hour

If anyone else wants to introduce or lead a section, please add your name above to volunteer.

Suggested Topics

The following topics have been proposed for talks/workshops/hack-sessions:

  • GitTorrent: current state, security considerations, future direction
  • Submodules: how to make a UI for this important feature that is intuitive and complete
  • PackV4
  • JGit, quo vadis<<FootNote(quo vadis == 'where are you going?')>>?
  • Using Git for everything but source (Git as a backup tool, how to handle large blobs, using as a DB back-end, etc)
  • How to make Git more attractive to the Google Code folks?
  • Success/War stories (big wanking session for Gits)
  • perl.git - the joy of grokking Perforce metadata using Postgres, and writing a transactional git-fastimport exporter SamV
  • Linkable library for basic object access (libification or new library)
  • Scriptability, using git in other languages (using interfaces vs calling plumbing vs reimplementting)
  • Git GUI that even a designer could use (GitCheetah, AKA TortoiseGit?) (UI session?)
  • Git integration with IDE, RAD, and editors (UI session?)
  • New Git Homepage hammering-out (UI session?)
  • Shawn's current bundle related secret project
  • TopGit introduction/design/integration(?)
  • Pasky's current pickaxe related "secret project" (if tangible by then)
  • Extending Git with volatile metadata database (see
  • Git improvement ideas gleaned from creating and running GitHub as a social layer on top of Git
  • Git Survey 2008 results and discussion
  • Hack session - try to port Bazaar's new diff algorithm to Git, compare results with Git's diff
  • Free form "We tried to use git in our project this way, didn't work very well" session, where participants are not allowed to say "Your workflow is broken".


Its up to you to get to Google each day. You may want to try and carpool with other attendees staying at nearby hotels.

When mapping driving directions you want to use 1500 Crittenden, Mountain View, CA as the building street address.

The destination pin "B" on the map is positioned where Asgard Training is within the building; its on the first floor directly off the lobby.

Parking: Any parking that is not otherwise reserved for the disabled, expectant mothers, etc., is fair game. Help yourself.

Sign In: You will need to sign in at reception each day. You will be asked by our system to execute an NDA, which covers anything you may learn about Google during the course of your visit, not the content of your meeting. If you feel strongly about not executing the NDA, you can go right ahead and decline it during sign in. You won't be anywhere near employee areas so I don't care if you sign it or not.

Photos: Nope. Outside only. Be good.

Recording: Audio only, no video. Be good.


Google will be serving hot breakfast each day, in addition to endless coffee and beverages during the event. Lunch each day will also be catered at the meeting space. Monday night we will carpool over to eat at Charlie's (Google's main cafeteria), free of charge. Tuesday and Wednesday we will arrange dinner off-campus.

Plenty of table space and power outlets will be available in the meeting room. Folks outside the US may need to bring an outlet adapter/voltage converter. Please make sure to bring your laptop power supply. Unlike most Google conference rooms our meeting space does not come with built-in laptop power connectors. Even Googlers need to bring their own power supply.

Google has free wireless Internet access available everywhere on the campus ("GoogleGuest"). 802.11 wireless support is required to connect to the Internet. Hardwired LAN connections are not available in our meeting space. If you think you'll want to get online during the sessions please test your wireless to make sure it is working before you travel.

Travel Details

Google provides some information about discounted lodging, visiting and parking.

A cab ride from the airport to a nearby hotel will cost approximately, depending on traffic:

  • OAK - 120 USD
  • SFO - 80 USD
  • SJC - 35 USD

Public transit is available in the area, look at Google Transit to help you plan a route.

If you would prefer to spend less than you would on taxi service but would prefer to be picked up at the airport rather than navigate public transport, try Super Shuttle. Shared rides (with a van full of other travelers) start at about 35 USD from any of the area airports.

Nearby Activities

If you are traveling far and wish to stay some extra time there are many activities in the bay area.


Trackback and Links

Previous GitTogether

One such event happened in 2007 with a few developers. It was an informal, fun time, but not technical.

Footnotes: <<FootNote>>


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