There’s a change in the air. High-profile projects such as the Linux Kernel, Mozilla, Gnome, and Ruby on Rails are now using Distributed Version Control Systems (DVCS) instead of the old stand-bys of CVS or Subversion.

Git is a modern, fast DVCS. But understanding how it fits into your development can be a daunting task without an introduction to the new concepts. Whether you’re just starting out as a professional programmer or are an old hand, this book will get you started using Git in this new distributed world.

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About this Book

  • 184 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P3.0 (2012-05-09)
  • ISBN: 978-1-93435-615-9

Whether you’re making the switch from a traditional centralized version control system or are a new programmer just getting started, this book prepares you to start using Git in your everyday programming.

Pragmatic Version Control Using Git starts with an overview of version control systems, and shows how being distributed enables you to work more efficiently in our increasingly mobile society. It then progresses through the basics necessary to get started using Git.

You’ll get a thorough overview of how to take advantage of Git. By the time you finish this book you’ll have a firm grounding in how to use Git, both by yourself and as part of a team.

Contents and Extracts

Full table of Contents

  • Welcome to the Distributed World
    • Version Control the Git Way (extract)
    • Setting up Git
    • Creating Your First Project
  • Everyday Git
    • Adding and Committing: Git Basics (extract)
    • Understanding and Using Branches
    • Working with Git’s History
    • Working with Remote Repositories (extract)
    • Organizing Your Repository
    • Beyond the Basics
  • Administration
    • Migrating to Git
    • Running a Git Server with Gitosis
  • Appendixes
    • Git Command Quick Reference
    • Other Resources and Tools
    • Bibliography

About the Author

Travis Swicegood is part of the AppDev team at Ning helping to build the platform that lets you create a social network. He’s been programming professionally for nearly a decade, but would still be doing it for fun even if he was selling cars for a living.

He is actively involved in the development of several open-source automation tools in the PHP community, including several testing frameworks. He is also an active member of his local programming community, founding Lawrence Programmers. When not learning new programming languages or tools, he’s normally found on one of his many bikes, tasting his latest culinary creation, or experimenting with a new home brew.

Comments and Reviews

  • Tony Cappellini said:

    As I expected, this book upholds the high standards set by the CVS and Subversion editions of this book, and is a great introductory read to get anyone up and running with Git!

    Reviewer Bay Area Python Interest Group
  • Carla Schroder said:

    I give this book a thumbs-up, because even though there is the free Git Community Book, Wiki, and other free documentation, Pragmatic Version Control Using Git is the best-organized and most thorough.

    Linux Today