A couple of months ago Rick from FlashinTO (Toronto’s Flash user group) asked if anyone wanted to do a presentation on Subversion (SVN). I do not consider myself an expert on SVN, but it’s a tool that I’ve used on a regular basis for the past few years, so that I felt that I knew enough to put together an introductory presentation on the topic. So I volunteered to do the SVN presentation for the FlashinTO. Also I had originally learned about SVN years ago thanks to one of the speakers from FITC, whoblogged about why Flash developers should use SVN and provided a great documentation how to get set up up SVN for Flash development. So it was cool to give back to the Flash community, from what I had picked up previously from the Flash community.
Also in the process of creating the presentation, I discovered Adobe’s Version Cue CS3. I had heard of Version Cue before, but had no idea what it was and did not realize it was a version control system. I did some research to provide information in the presentation for the designers in the crowd. Because for designers dealing with images, video and other media files Adobe’s Version Cue would be a better fit for them over SVN.
Now I’ve done presentations before while working at Questrade, but for smaller audiences (4 to 8 people compared to about 30+ people at FlashinTO) and they had in the past included a lot more interaction. However, I think the interaction (basically the audience asking a lot of questions) might have more to do with the fact that they were my co-workers and were more comfortable in asking me a lot of questions. Also I realized that dealing with such a dry subject such as version control, that I should have done more to liven it up. I remember back when I went to Sheridan college, doing a course on flow-charting, one of my professors would liven it up with plenty of lame jokes of flow-charting books being adapted into big Hollywood action movies. The jokes were often barely worth a chuckle, but managed to make his classes on a dry subject more interesting.
Here’s the slides from my Subversion Presentation
I had originally wanted to use SlideRocket for the presentation, but was not sure if I would have internet access for the presentation and the AIR version of SlideRocket was brand new (in beta or perhaps even alpha) and was quite buggy. So instead I used plain powerpoint and uploaded the PowerPoint file to SlideShare.net. I hope to have a chance to use SlideRocket again, as it’s a really cool Flex application that shows a lot of promise.