About Richard Kip

Feb 8, 2015 • Richard Kip

Richard Kip currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Technology for the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The College of Letters and Science is UCSB’s largest college with 47 academic departments and over 20,000 students. Its IT department provides a wide range of services including email, webhosting, classroom and instructional lab support, runs an online Learning Management System (Moodle), and teaches workshops on various software programs.

Richard has worked for UCSB for the last 16 years in various roles; help desk, programmer, sysadmin, mentor, and manager. Most of this work has been with open source tools and projects. He currently resides in Santa Barbara with his wife and newborn son.

What I found hardest about using Git the first time was…

Understanding the workflow involved with a distributed version control system. I’ve been working with git and Github for around a year now, but it is very infrequent. This leaves be feeling like a perpetual beginner. My workflow is also very simple with everything tending to me in master. Working with multiple repositories/branches makes my head hurt.