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Subversion talk at Guernsey Developer User Group

This presentation is now available on-line.

I will be giving a talk entitled “Change management with Subversion” at the Guernsey Developer User Group later this month.

The talk will start with the reasons for change management and the terminology Subversion uses before delving into a typical work cycle. The AnkhSVN client for Visual Studio and the TortoiseSVN client for Windows Explorer will be demonstrated and various other points covered such as when to branch, when to merge, what server options exist etc.

If you are interested in source control, team collaboration or release management then feel free to come along.

This GDUG meeting takes place on the 24th of May at the Guernsey Training Agency’s office above the Guernsey Post Office in Smith Street. As usual the meeting will start at 6pm and the talk will likely start shortly after that and run to around 30-45 minutes (I’m still finalizing the content).

This location is the venue for the tonight annual general meeting of the Guernsey section of British Computer Society. I believe this particular BCS event is only open to BCS members but if you are a member then this is a gentle reminder. At least 4 of us from the GDUG will be in attendance.


Where do the recycled things go?

We interrupt this blog of technical snippets and personal commentary to bring you an interesting look (courtesy of the BBC) at what happens to the various bottles, cans and plastics that are sent for recycling – at least in the UK. (Hit the “In pictures” link next to each person).

It is interesting that the companies involved highlight a few items that are troublesome to recycle – this information needs to make it back to consumers so that we know they’re not going to be part of the recycling process and choose to adjust our buying habits.

From what I can see green bottles are currently in overload, envelopes cause a problem especially brown or windowed ones and telephone directories (perhaps use an on-line one instead).

Here in Guernsey the government does not collect items for recycling but offer advice and information on a number of recycling points you can take items to. Friends of the Earth Guernsey also have a page about various items that are accepted by various charities.


Guernsey Developers User Group, January 25

The recently-formed Guernsey Software Developers Forum are having a meeting on the 25th of January at the GTA University Centre above the post office at 6pm.

The founder, Fillippo Borselli will be giving a presentation on FIT – a Framework for Integrated Test and it should be a good place to meet a few fellow developers.


Guernsey considers ban on replica guns

A proposal is currently being considered within the States of Guernsey to ban all replica guns including the air-powered “Airsoft” ones used in the BB-war style sporting events.

I can understand the thinking behind such a decision when replica guns are causing a significant problem such as might currently be in England where the proposals seemed to originate from however a total ban seems absurd.

Here in Guernsey however we don’t have a problem with guns, replica or otherwise. I can’t recall ever having read such an issue although I’m sure there probably has been the odd one at some distant point in the past.

A Guernsey company called BattleTec organizes weekly matches for regular players as well as events for birthdays, corporates, friendlies etc.

The small lightweight plastic pellets don’t really hurt especially compared paint balls which are much heavier, faster and will leave you covered in bruises. I currently have a few to show from the weekend.

If this ban goes through no doubt my sisters boyfriend’s business will be forced to close and who knows what will happen to their mortgage.

Here is an activity that isn’t a problem being threatened because of what-if scenarios that also currently aren’t a problem.

I wonder who exactly our politicians are serving when they raise proposals nobody asked for.

Thankfully it seems Battletech and their members got themselves organized quickly and around 80 of them were there to address the States politicians tonight and provide each of them with an information pack on the sport as well as fielding any questions they may have.

The fact that these proposals could become law within 14 days without public consultation worries me greatly.

How many other activities, freedoms and interests can they ban?


The local BattleTec group met with a number of politicians and showed them the guys they use and explained what they do. The politicians seemed satisfied and have let the proposal drop :)