- Series: Pro
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (August 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430218339
- ISBN-13: 978-1430218333
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 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 (117 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, as another reviewer has pointed out, there are some rather confusing statements scattered here and there. Because the authors were too familiar with the material, they didn't see certain ambiguities they were injecting into the text. These probably won't get fixed unless someone takes careful notes as they go, and submits the whole set back upstream.
Another problem is that there was some sloppiness in editing this second edition of the book. Occasionally, some example commands are left out. Or some object labeling is clearly wrong in the text. Or some figure is reprinted a second time over a different caption instead of the correct figure being included for that second caption. The thing to know is that when you encounter these situations, you can go on-line and download the current PDF copy into your browser, and look there for the corrected presentation. Yes, this process is somewhat annoying, but if I had to weigh the overall effect, I still prefer a printed copy for the initial long read-through to learn the tool.
But the big complaint I have about the printed version of the book is the tiny font. So tiny that it's hard to read. Not to mention that the printed version has poor formatting and page design (if there is any page design) which, to me, is mostly Apress's fault, not the writers' who apparently have done a great job.
As other reviews have mentioned, note that you can have access to free online and pdf version of the book on git-scm.com. Having that said, people who still prefer to buy the $40 printed version, expect a clear, neat print in large enough font size, which is NOT the case here.
One more guidance for a git leaner: start with an online interactive tutorial like Try Git available at [...] before diving into reading a whole book about the subject.
If you're a basic git user and want to become a power/pro user, this might be the best book to read.
It's easy reading, not as complex as someone could imagine with a software tool. But at the same time it covers everything: from how to do day to day tasks to the git internals and working with remotes. The nice pictures are really helpful and the author explanations are simple and easy to understand.
Keep in mind that this book is the same that is (free?) in the official website, but if you're like me and like reading lay down on the bed or even the bathroom! I'll recommend you to just buy it. It's a nice reference manual also :-).
I would encourage you, though, to read it side by side your computer so you can try and memorize all the different commands.