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Mastering Git

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Mastering Git

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Overview of this book

Git is one of the most popular types of Source Code Management (SCM) and Distributed Version Control System (DVCS). Despite the powerful and versatile nature of the tool enveloping strong support for nonlinear development and the ability to handle large projects efficiently, it is a complex tool and often regarded as “user-unfriendly”. Getting to know the ideas and concepts behind the architecture of Git will help you make full use of its power and understand its behavior. Learning the best practices and recommended workflows should help you to avoid problems and ensure trouble-free development. The book scope is meticulously designed to help you gain deeper insights into Git's architecture, its underlying concepts, behavior, and best practices. Mastering Git starts with a quick implementation example of using Git for a collaborative development of a sample project to establish the foundation knowledge of Git operational tasks and concepts. Furthermore, as you progress through the book, the tutorials provide detailed descriptions of various areas of usage: from archaeology, through managing your own work, to working with other developers. This book also helps augment your understanding to examine and explore project history, create and manage your contributions, set up repositories and branches for collaboration in centralized and distributed version control, integrate work from other developers, customize and extend Git, and recover from repository errors. By exploring advanced Git practices, you will attain a deeper understanding of Git’s behavior, allowing you to customize and extend existing recipes and write your own.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering Git
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Chapter 1. Git Basics in Practice

This book is intended for novice and advanced Git users to help them on their road to mastering Git. Therefore the following chapters will assume that the reader knows the basics of Git, and has advanced past the beginner stage.

This chapter will serve as a reminder of version control basics with Git. The focus will be on providing practical aspects of the technology, showing and explaining basic version control operations in the example of the development of a sample project, and collaboration between two developers.

In this chapter we will recall:

  • Setting up a Git environment and Git repository (init, clone)

  • Adding files, checking status, creating commits, and examining the history

  • Interacting with other Git repositories (pull, push)

  • How to resolve a merge conflict

  • Creating and listing branches, switching to a branch, and merging

  • How to create a tag