Wednesday, August 14 – Version Control, Writers, and Workflows

Developers and writers have similar jobs, but they tend to use different tools and workflows. Writers who work with developers have an easier time if they learn to fit into the developer culture.

Documentation workflows using text-based authoring and version control systems reduce the “impedance mismatch” between writers and developers. Bug tracking systems and instant messaging tools help writers and developers communicate in a way that feels comfortable to developers. Learning and fitting into the developer culture can help you swim with the current, not against it.

Don’t forget to buy tickets.

About the speaker:

Richard Mateosian is a technical writer with a long history of working with developers. He currently works at an industrial robotics startup in Emeryville with developers who speak Git and Python (and occasionally mumble C under their breath). He has set up a repository-backed internal website there using a template provided by Tom Johnson of I’d Rather Be Writing fame. He authors mainly in Markdown using a text editor.

Richard is an STC Fellow and a long-time volunteer for the Berkeley STC chapter.

To access presentation slides, click Slidedeck_BerkeleySTC_2019_0814_RM.

Event info

Time: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6 p.m.

Location: Highlands Country Club 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

6:00 to 7:00 pm: Networking, conversation & dinner
7:00 to 7:15 pm: Announcements
7:15 to 8:30 pm: Presentation
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Conversation, follow up on job announcements
9:00 to 9:15 pm: Clear the room; move conversations to the sidewalk

Important notes:

  • Ride sharing. Do you need a ride to the meeting? Contact and we will try to match you with someone who is driving or help to arrange a ride from Rockridge BART.
  • Members of other chapters welcomed.┬áIf you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings for the regular price.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings at the member price.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings. See the link above for tickets.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

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