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Scott Chacon
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August 26, 2009 1430218339 978-1430218333 1

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 this book is for

This book is for all open source developers: you are bound to encounter Git 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
  2. Git Basics
  3. Git Branching
  4. Git on the Server
  5. Distributed Git
  6. Git Tools
  7. Customizing Git
  8. Git and Other Systems
  9. Git Internals

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Software Development
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430218339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430218333
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Scott Chacon is the CIO and co-founder of GitHub Inc, the popular developer tool and code hosting service. Scott has been involved in the Git community for many years, compiling the Git Community Book, maintaining the main Git website and writing two early and popular books on learning Git, both of which are open sourced.

Scott writes and speaks around the world both about Git and about running and growing a startup company.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book January 5, 2010
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.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version July 27, 2012
By Josh
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.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best visual explanations of git concepts and methodology September 22, 2009
By M.S.
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!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion to Git September 21, 2009
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.
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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
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good topic coverage & awesome diagrams August 25, 2011
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The diagrams in this book just shine...

I just recently switched to Git after being a longtime user of other SCM tools. I had no previous knowledge of Git, and purchased this book as a reference to help me understand how Git is different from SVN/CVS/TFS and to help me decide if I was going to switch. I picked two books here on Git (the O'Reilly book being the other) and dove in headfirst.

All of the routine tasks, commands and options are well covered here. Covered topics include all of the required basics, using remote repositories, staging, branching strategies and so on.

I'm a really visual person and I really like diagrams. I was quickly able to understand the key strengths of Git by looking at the included diagrams in a way that just reading some text does not convey.

I've been using this book frequently.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - unconscionably exploitative price for the ebook version....
Before you consider paying the outrageously inflated (by the publishers and by Amazon) price of $15. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bad Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro Git just what I needed to get my feet wet
The book arrived promptly and was exactly what I needed to get started with Git. Only a couple chapters into it and I am satisfied.
Published 1 month ago by Michael A Vester
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference
Every time I do something stupid, or I got stuck with a problem that stackoverflow can't help me, I found the answer on this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Senna Tschudin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fanastic intro to GIT
I started only knowing passable GIT for work, however I feel like I'm very well prepared for just about anything after reading the first few chapters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erich Keane
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best Git learning resource as of 2014
I have read several of the other books on Git recently and I found Pro Git to be the best. Information on Git can be structured in a lot of ways, but Scott Chacon does it in a very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book on that covers what you need to know about git.
This book has separate sections covering a variety of material. It's extremely well organized. If you're going to use git in an already established environment, it has a chapter... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JAMES
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I needed to know
We started using GIT and we're just following a written guide telling us what to type and when without really understanding why. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John S. Ruzicka
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Git book
Very helpful in getting up to speed on Git quickly.

Certainly covers off everything you should generally need to know.
Published 4 months ago by Rick Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook-like yet narrative reading
It was one of the very few books I've read recently that so easily introduced me to the topic of using Git as a common end user as well as showing its internals so I could feel... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jacek Laskowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro level indeed
Very nice book. Second book I've read on Git, first one being a beginner's guide. I hope that gives you an idea on how much knowledge I had of Git when I started. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Okan Delibalta
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