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Pro Git [Paperback]

Scott Chacon
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Book Description

Aug. 27 2009 1430218339 978-1430218333 XXII, 265 p.

Git is the version control system developed by Linus Torvalds for Linux kernel development. It took the open source world by storm since its inception in 2005, and is used by small development shops and giants like Google, Red Hat, and IBM, and of course many open source projects.

  • A book by Git experts to turn you into a Git expert
  • Introduces the world of distributed version control
  • Shows how to build a Git development workflow

What you’ll learn

  • Use Git as a programmer or a project leader.
  • Become a fluent Git user.
  • Use distributed features of Git to the full.
  • Acquire the ability to insert Git in the development workflow.
  • Migrate programming projects from other SCMs to Git.
  • Learn how to extend Git.

Who is this book for?

This book is for all open source developers: you are bound to encounter it somewhere in the course of your working life. Proprietary software developers will appreciate Git’s enormous scalability, since it is used for the Linux project, which comprises thousands of developers and testers.

About the Apress Pro Series

The Apress Pro series books are practical, professional tutorials to keep you on and moving up the professional ladder.

You have gotten the job, now you need to hone your skills in these tough competitive times. The Apress Pro series expands your skills and expertise in exactly the areas you need. Master the content of a Pro book, and you will always be able to get the job done in a professional development project. Written by experts in their field, Pro series books from Apress give you the hard–won solutions to problems you will face in your professional programming career.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference Jan. 22 2014
By Ted
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The book is well written and its content is a must have for any developer using Git. Most of the content is available for free online!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent book April 15 2013
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Decent book, but lacks description of git cherry-pick which is something I very much need more learning about. I knew what I was getting before I bought, as this book is up on the interwebs @ [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about Git Oct. 31 2009
By bartman
Being a huge fan of Git, I thought I wouldn't learn as much as I had from Pro Git. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Effective Revision Control Book I have read Sept. 23 2009
I have had a long personal interest in revision control and have read many titles on process and technology ranging from UCM and ClearCase to branching strategies and Subversion administration. None of them has provided nearly as concise or effective coverage as Scott's book.

Pro Git is an easy read with clearly diagrammed concepts presented and built upon in an order that matches my needs as an experienced Revision Control user and administrator. It has also proven to be an indispensible companion for my team mates who are new to Git.

I was using Subversion professionally and got familiar with Git by using git-svn to cleanly manage multi-tasking in my working copy. Once I had that down I went on to using it as a root-cause analysis tool thanks to the instantaneous searching of history in Gitk. I cannot imagine using Subversion directly anymore and I would be glad to retire it completely.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Jan. 5 2010
By Andrei Mouravski - Published on
I began reading Pro Git, by Scott Chacon, after having already used Git in a
large team-based project. Due to this, I was afraid I would get bored of the
book very easily since I had already learned a decent amount of the material.
This was most assuredly not the case. Chacon has done an excellent job in
writing a book that serves as an excellent beginners guide and a quick reference
at the same time.

The first part of the book is devoted to looking at multiple version control
systems along with a history of version control. Chacon also makes it very
easy to set Git up in a number of environments so that you can get started right
away. The first half of the book is dedicated towards basics of the
system, advanced features, such as rebasing, and setting up a remote server for
git. The next half of the book contains a wealth of knowledge regarding best
practices when using Git, additional tools and configuration options, and
finally, nitty-gritty details on how Git works under the hood.

My biggest complaint would have to be the fact that the material on using Git
remotely is scattered in a couple different parts of the book. This makes it
slightly difficult to find specific information regarding remote work.

Overall, Chacon did an excellent job with Pro Git. After reading this book I
was able to easily fill in the holes in my knowledge and felt significantly more
comfortable maintaining a Git system for personal and team projects.
56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version July 27 2012
By Josh - Published on
Unless you like killing trees, or are using this for work, go to, and it's available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 license for free.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best visual explanations of git concepts and methodology Sept. 22 2009
By M.S. - Published on
i read through all the other git books to this date and i came to the conclusion that this is the best as far as visual explanations of the git concepts and methodology is concerned. my colleagues had the same "aha" experience as i after reading through this book, as we were all suffering from a not so clear picture of how git actually branches, merges and treats remote repositories.
i can highly recommend it!
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion to Git Sept. 21 2009
By J. P. Mens - Published on
Scott Chacon is one of the guys behind github -- a hosting site for projects managed by Git distributed version control system. As such, Scott is extremely competent in all things Git, and he wrote a book (or should I say the book) on Git. The book is called Pro Git. I've been using Git for some time now, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on a printed copy of the book. (I'm old-fashioned that way -- I prefer reading paper books.)

Pro Git is published by Apress. On 250 odd pages, Scott manages to bring Git across in a very vivid way. Lots of sample sessions and a huge number of figures make Git come alive and fun to use! (Only at one point while reading the book, did I think: "why is he telling me that?", but it can't have been too bad, because upon writing this, I can't find the place.)

Pro Git starts off easily enough, but it does so at a fast pace, for which I was grateful: you get past the basics on page 45, which means the book gets you set up quickly, so that you can start taking Git for a spin.

Chapter 3 is called "Git Branching", and the thirty pages explain all you ever wanted to know (as well as all you never wanted to know ) about branching. This part is hardcore, but Scott explains this with lots of diagrams, making it easier for us to follow.

One of the best chapters in the book, for me, is called "Git on the server". Scott explains the different methods of setting up Git so as to be able to collaborate.

If you use Git or intend to (and I'd certainly recommend you look at it), I very warmly recommend Scott Chacon's Pro Git: it's the best companion you'll have for Git.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial - Not useful as a reference June 2 2011
By jns - Published on
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It really bothers me that someone would put in so much effort to write a comprehensive Git book and not include a summary of the Git commands and what each one does. I read this book, like a book - I started at the beginning and read it through. It's a very informative book that details why, when, and how to use many git commands. Now, I want to refer to the book - but the git commands are scattered all over the book. When I want to look up a git command it's likely discussed in multiple places in the book, I have to flip around to dig out the a comprehensive picture of the command.

This book would really be helped by a chapter or appendix that covers *all* of the git commands. I use 'git help' - that's information that should be in this book. I can't be a 'Pro' unless I know all of the commands.
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