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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Unless you like killing trees, or are using this for work, go to git-scm.com/book, and it's available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 license for free.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2011
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2010
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This book succeeds at getting you ready to actually use git in your daily work. It's not a regurgitation of the online docs; it's not a developer's guide written to impress you with the elegance of the implementation. Its main focus is to give the reader practical tips on deploying git in various scenarios. I was familiar with git from having read the O'Reilly book and dabbling a bit, but Pro Git really helped me get over the "activation barrier" and start using it in my own projects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
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 intuitive way. A lot of other books don't discuss remote repositories at all until close to the end of the book, but Pro Git addresses it in the first half. If you are like me, you think about how you are going to use a tool as you read about it. That makes it frustrating if you have to wait until page 500 to have the topic of how to share your work with others discussed.

Scott provides a lot of detail, but does in it a way that does not leave the reader confused. Git can be a complicated subject to master, so it's important to start with the right resource. I highly recommend this book on GIt, even though it is not the most recently published book on the subject.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2010
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I am a web developer working remotely. I am used to work with Subversion, but wanted to learn Git. The guides and tutorials I found in the web were either too simple or too complex. Until I found the online version of "Pro Git". After being delighted with the first two chapters, and tired of reading on screen, I decided to buy the book. And I am very happy with it!

This book provided the information I wanted, in a perfect rythm - Scott does not waste our time - he provides useful information on every page, and his explanations are extremely well written. Thanks a lot!

Also, the topics and their order are perfect. In chapter 1 and 2, only 45 pages, you learn to use Git, as you may already use Subversion. Chapter 3 is brilliant - it is where Scott explains Git branching - how it works and how you use it. It is also where the power of Git is revealed - and why you should change your version control system to it, if you can.

All the "mistery" terms around Git, like "origin", "master", "push", "pull", "remote", "rebase" are not misterious anymore. You are able to understand their meaning, and not only how to use the commands, but also why, and all the "logic" involved.

Git helps us to do complex things in simple ways - this complexity requires some learning. It is not like software that you can use reading "man" page or a simple tutorial. The "Pro Git" book is a very good resource to get up and running with Git, knowing and understanding very well what you are doing.

I thank the author and recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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There are many good tutorials on basic usage of Git but this was the book that taught me the best practices and important workflows which can be employed while using Git. Some parts of the book seem pretty advanced for daily use but the author's grasp of the subject and more important than that his style of explaining most of the difficult concepts proved to be very handy for me. Previously I used CVS and then Subversion for some projects and I started to use Git only a few months ago and now I really ask myself why I didn't read the book as soon as I started to use Git. It would make things much easier for me. Shortly, I sincerely advise this book to any developer who plans to work with Git (it will be especially useful if you're developing an open source project or plan to contribute to a popular one).
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