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Pragmatic Version Control Using Git


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Pragmatic Version Control Using Git


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.

Customer Reviews

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!

- Tony Cappellini

Reviewer, Bay Area Python Interest Group

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.

- Carla Schroder

, Linux Today

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Contents & 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


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.