GitTogether ‘10 at Google

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Last week around 30 Git developers and users gathered for GitTogether ‘10 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA for three days of hacking, sharing ideas, and making plans for the future of Git and its supporting tool ecosystem. This was the third time we’ve hosted a GitTogether, and we were really excited about the turnout this year. Based on attendees’ $DAY_JOB employers, Git is becoming much more popular in commercial development organizations, demonstrating yet-again how open source can be an effective alternative to traditional propriety development methods.

Here at Google we use Git on our big open source projects like Android and Chromium OS, but also for smaller projects like Gerrit Code Review or the Eclipse Git plugin, as well as our continuing contributions to the Linux Kernel. During my last 2 years at Google, I ( Shawn) have been working on Gerrit Code Review (a web based code review system for Git), as well as maintaining and improving JGit (a pure Java reimplementation of Git). Junio C Hamano, one of the earliest Git contributors and the current Git maintainer, also joined Google last May and continues to contribute to Git as part of his job duties.

The schedule for the three day conference was determined in “unconference” style, with topics for discussion originally suggested on the wiki and later developed in-person through sticky notes posted on a white board. Attendees also took advantage of the #gittogether IRC channel on freenode and an Etherpad server hosted by the OSUOSL, allowing individuals who couldn’t make it in-person to at least have a virtual presence.

The session scheduling process

In addition to the technical discussions, we had a chance to get to know each other socially, enjoying lunches in Google cafés and dinners at some local restaurants. Unfortunately the group failed to develop a “patch of questionable value,” where in prior years Sverre wore a hat, diff learned --pirate, bash completion earned a splash screen, and git auto-upgraded itself.

Photo by Thomas Rast

by Shawn Pearce, Open Source Team