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  • Series: Version Control With Git
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316389
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Powerful tools and techniques for collaborative software development

About the Author

Jon Loeliger is a freelance software engineer who contributes to Open Source projects such as Linux, U-Boot, and Git. He has given tutorial presentations on Git at many conferences including Linux World, and has written several papers on Git for Linux Magazine.

In prior lives, Jon has spent a number of years developing highly optimizing compilers, router protocols, Linux porting, and the occasional game. Jon holds degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University. In his spare time, he is a home winemaker.

Matthew McCullough, Vice President of Training for GitHub.com, is an energetic 15-year veteran of enterprise software development, world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of a US consultancy. All these activities provide him avenues of sharing success stories of leveraging Git and GitHub. Matthew is a contributing author to the Gradle and Jenkins O'Reilly books, as well as the creator of the Git Master Class series for O'Reilly. Matthew also regularly speaks on the No Fluff Just Stuff Java symposium series. He is the author of the DZone Git RefCard, and president of the Denver Open Source Users Group.

Customer Reviews

This book is my first exposure to Git and version control systems.
J. W. Rine
Overall this is a very good book and I would strongly recommend this for a novice or an advance git user.
Savitha Sathyanarayana
The book is very clear, easy to read, and provides ample workable examples throughout the chapters.
Craig Maloney

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124 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Galen Menzel on March 15, 2013
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Though more comprehensive than Scott Chacon's Pro Git, this book is a mess. It fails both as a reference and as a tutorial. It's written in a verbose, example-driven style, which dulls its usefulness as a reference; and the authors' ludicrous sense of pacing ruins it as a tutorial.

The chapter that is supposed to serve as an introduction to git (Chapter 3) is a scattershot mishmash of common tasks like executing a commit and once-off configuration commands like setting your commit author information. The common tasks that it covers tend to be covered very, very quickly as more of a teaser for more-complete coverage later in the book. While it's fine to delay full coverage of usage until later, reading only this chapter would leave you totally ill-equipped to do anything useful with git. By contrast, Chapter 2 of Pro Git contains most everything you need to be an autonomous, if somewhat unsophisticated, git user working in a single branch.

Chapter 4, ostensibly about "Basic Git Concepts" (since that is its title), is actually mostly about git internals, and is completely out of place at the beginning of the book. Why are we covering blobs and packfiles before we even cover what a branch is? Does knowing the git write-tree command help me understand how to use git well as a beginner? (And if you're not concerned about beginners, why include information about how to install git?) This is basic stuff, guys: cover the high-level interface first, then cover the low-level commands and internals. Would you start off a Unix tutorial by talking about disk blocks and inodes before covering what a directory is?

This pattern continues throughout the book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eric Chou on October 7, 2012
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This is the first time I look at Git as a basic tool to help me keep my scripts in order. I don't code for living, all the places I have been to already has a set of version control system in place for developers. The quickest way to get going was to leverage the existing tools. It is not until now that I write enough scripts that keeping them in order is starting to become an issue. I am a big believer in 'learn once, use many times', so even though Git sounds like an overkill for my purpose, I have decided to explore the possibility of using Git for my projects.

Half way thru the book, I have already decided that this is probably going to be the only book I will ever need for Git. Combing with the build-in manual and online documentation for the latest features, there is no need for a second book on Git for my purposes. The book starts with quick history and introduction, then goes into more depth on each of the aspects of Git, starting from the most used to advance.

For regular users, reading up to Chapter 4 will likely be a good starting point start using Git and reference back here and there. Chapter 3 gave a good tour of the most used commands and Chapter 4 introduces the basic concepts of Git. Since the main purpose of Git is for collaboration of coding, it is likely that once you understand the concepts, you will need to talk to your fellow coders to come up with a agreeable setup.

Personally, I think it is ok to start reading a little faster from there on, keep an eye out and slow down when you see an applicable concept, but knowing where to look back later when you need the information is the way I approached it.

Chapter 20 is a good chapter to read in depth if you are using SVC but trying to convert to Git, Chapter 21 is a good chapter on GitHub.

Overall, I feel it was a wise investment of my time in reading this book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Hayden on September 24, 2012
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I received a copy of Version Control with Git 2nd Edition as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. I've used Mercurial and Subversion for years, but just started using Git and GitHub for version control.

Each chapter dives into a new topic, giving you what you need to be productive and then dives deeper and deeper into more advanced commands and concepts. Most beginners will learn the basic concepts on their first pass of the book and later use it as a solid reference book to answer a question or solve a problem. I read about half of most of the chapters as the amount of detail started to get a bit overwhelming for my current needs, but I will definitely appreciate the additional detail and more advanced concepts as I get more real-world experience.

Chapter 21 has a pretty good overview of GitHub and its social coding features. I was delighted to see a number of the features highlighted, but would have liked a little more detail on them. Given the book is about Git and not GitHub, however, I can understand why the authors didn't dive into GitHub too deep.

It should be noted that the examples are using Linux. I develop both in Mac OS X and Windows, however, and didn't have a problem understanding the samples. The Git commands are the same on any OS, and it is just the OS commands and environment that are different. It is easy to follow along and run the examples.

I was a bit surprised to see that "GitHub for Windows" wasn't mentioned as a way to install Git on Windows. I only noticed Cygwin Git Package or msysgit mentioned in the book. I suspect this was missed when the book was updated during the 2nd edition. If you are installing Git on Windows, I highly recommend "GitHub for Windows."

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I was able to immediately be productive using Git and now have a good reference book when I have a question or problem using Git!
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