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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
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Graphical interfaces


You have learned how to use Git on the command line. The previous section told you how to customize and configure it to make it even more effective. But the terminal is not the end. There are other kinds of environments you can use to manage Git repositories. Sometimes, a visual representation is what you need.

Now, we'll take a short look at the various kinds of user-centered graphical tools for Git; the tour of Git administrative tools is left for the next chapter, Chapter 11, Git Administration.

Types of graphical tools

Different tools and interfaces are tailored for different workflows. Some tools expose only a selected subset of the Git functionality, or encourage a specific way of working with version control.

To be able to make an informed choice selecting a graphical tool for Git, you need to know what types of operations the different types of tools do support. Note that one tool can support more than one type of uses.

First there is a graphical history viewer....