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Some thoughts on Git vs complexity

I originally wrote this in the Git For Human Beings mailing list. The thoughts are stolen from Rich Hickey's Simple Made Easy talk. (Matthew McCullough commented the same parallel the same day, but I think his timestamp was a few hours afterwards). I wanted to tweet about it, but it ended up being a whole post, as I'm trying to gather my thoughts on it for my next Git talk.
There's simple stuff, and there's easy stuff.
Simple means the opposite of complex. Easy, on the other hand, means it's very close to the stuff you already know. Git is "simple" but hard. Subversion is "easy", but eventually complex.
Git is *a lot* of features in one tool (think of the 100+ git plumbing commands). Each feature is simple, but learning to use them together is good bit of work. As soon as you've understood the model and you get that Eureka-moment, the tool never fails you, and you find it more and more fun to use the more you learn. (This is why there are so…

Presenting Git on Windows at the next Bonn-to-Code.net meeting

Update 18.11.2011: Due to Gad J. Meir visiting Bonn-to-Code.net all the way from Israel, we've postponed our talks that were planned for the 28th of November. Most likely I'll be doing the talk near the end of January next year instead.

It's been a while since I ran Visual Studio on my laptop. In my early university-college days, around ten years ago, .NET was just coming out of the oven. We learned algorithms and data-structures doing Java, but when it came down to actual application development, desktop- and web, connecting GUI's with databases, .NET was the thing.

I liked it. It was bit of an eye-opener for me, that I could actually use programming for building useful stuff, and not just fantasize about being a game developer.

Later on, I fell back into the Java/J2EE world, and rode there for a while. While working for Objectware's Java department, it was always interesting to see what the .NET department was up to, and while they were part of them evil scheme o…