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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for git users, March 3, 2011
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This review is from: Version Control with Git: Powerful tools and techniques for collaborative software development (Paperback)
I have used git for quite a while and think it's a great tool that can do a lot for you. I frequently found myself wanting to do more complicated things than I new how to do, like write simple hooks and use branches effectively. This book is great for a user who is already somewhat familiar with git and wants to understand it better and take more advantage of the advanced capabilities that git offers. I found the description of the underlying object model really helpful in understanding what is going on when I run various commands. Knowing what your tool is doing and how it works helps you to use it more effectively, and this is a great book in that regard.

As other reviewers have mentioned, if you are brand new to git and just want to be able to run things, this may not be the book for you--a book like "Pragmatic Guide to Git" is probably better suited to your needs. This book, while giving examples like the simpler books, goes into more detail about the inner workings of git that you may not be interested in or may be over your head.

I also use this book as a reference when I forget how to use some of git's complicated functionality. It's certainly not a complete reference, but it's the closest I've seen outside of the man pages.

The one complaint I had about this book was that a significant percentage of the figures in the book were wrong. Some were obviously wrong to anyone reading the book, but others were more subtly wrong and could be confusing to one who doesn't realize that the figure is out of sync with the text. I would say that at least 20% and maybe as many as 40% of the figures have something wrong with them, at least in the printing that I have. But I still liked the book enough to give it 5 stars even with the problems with the figures (I probably would do 4.5 if I could).
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