August 25, 2010

Last summer, Pragmatic author Travis Swicegood proposed a new kind of book covering the popular version control system, Git. We thought it was a good idea—so much so that we’ve launched a whole new series in this format. Check out the details on the series below, as well as Travis’ new book, Pragmatic Guide to Git, now available in beta.

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About the Pragmatic Guide Series

If you want to know what lies ahead, ask those who are coming back. Our pragmatic authors have been there, they’ve done it, and they’ve come back to help guide you along the road. They’ll get you started quickly, with a minimum of fuss and hand-holding. That’s the idea behind our new series.

The Pragmatic Guide series features convenient, task-oriented two-page spreads with an in-depth description on one side, and a quick command reference on the other, complete with cross references to other related tasks. You’ll find what you need fast, and get on with your work.

Here’s what it looks like (click to enlarge, or take a look at this PDF excerpt):

Two page spread

The first titles in the Pragmatic Guide series include:

Pragmatic Guide to Git

Git is rapidly becoming the de-facto standard for the open source community. Its excellent merging capabilities, coupled with its speed and relative ease of use, make it an indispensable tool for any developer.

New Git users will learn the basic tasks needed to work with Git every day, including working with remote repositories, dealing with branches and tags, exploring the history, and fixing problems when things go wrong.

If you’re already familiar with Git, this book will be your go-to reference for Git commands and best practices, including:

  • Getting Started
  • Working with Git
  • Organizing Your Repository with Branches and Tags
  • Working with a Team
  • Branches and Merging Revisited
  • Working with the Repository’s History
  • Fixing Things
  • Moving Beyond the Basics

Read an extract from the Working with the Repository’s History chapter.

You won’t find a more practical approach to learning Git than our Pragmatic Guide to Git. Available now in beta in PDF, epub, and mobi formats, and in print in November.

Coming Soon:

  • The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software in print
  • iPad Programming: A Quick-Start Guide for iPhone Developers in print
  • The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends in print. Updated for Rails 3 and RSpec 2
  • Continuous Testing with Ruby
  • Agile in a Flash

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