DreamCon Speaker Series #9: Dan Johnson

Speaker: Dan Johnson

Topic: Intro to Version Control

There are a lot of reasons as a developer to use version control. Have you ever lost code or had a backup that was too old? Have you ever wanted to experiment with a new feature without interfering with your live site? Have you ever wanted see the difference between two versions of your code. Yup version is your answer to all of those problems.

In my talk we will go over a few different options for version control software that you can run on DreamHost servers. I’ll show you how to setup Subversion and Git on your DreamHost account and some tips for how to use each efficiently.

What do you do at DreamHost?

My title at Dreamhost is Tech Support Lead. I give support to the support team. When tech support gets stumped they come to me for help.

What projects do you work on? What do you do on a regular basis?

Aside from managing a team of badass tech support folks, my specialty is PHP, so at DreamHost that means I tend to handle a lot of support for our One-Click install library.

What’s one interesting fact we don’t know about you?

In college I built a Lego robot that could play the piano.

What shows are on your DVR?

Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Alaska: The Last Frontier, Tosh.O, Mythbusters

What’s your alma mater?

I studied Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz, GO Slugs!

What’s your go-to cocktail?

I don’t always drink cocktails but when I do it’s a gin and tonic. Generally though I prefer a nice beer over a cocktail, tripels are my favorite style.