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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (14 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596520123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596520120
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JamesFM on 31 July 2009
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I've just finished this book. I was struck by the clear and calm tone of the writing, by someone who obviously knows Git inside out and upside down. Having read it, I feel like I'm ready to go gitting with confidence, but I know there's more here to come back to once I start to get some experience under my belt. The book is strong on the theory but strong on the practice too.
I also read Travis Swicegood's Git book. It's a straightforward, practical read and it will get you up and running - but it won't give you the depth of understanding you'll get from Loeliger.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rob Willett on 5 April 2011
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I brought this book as I wanted to move from my old fashioned Version Control System to something more modern, portable and would work across the net as I need to use multiple OS's for deveopment. I feel I have a good grounding in computers with a CS degree, 25 years of experience and a solid programming background, (I'm currently writing a commercial compiler). I've also been around long enough to see the same old ideas tarted up and sold as new technology (SOA anybody?).

At first when I read the book, I thought Git was so different and clever, it needed a whole new way of thinking. I read most of the book, though what I really wanted was a simple guide to get going, to understand the workflow of working with files, doing the equivalent of checking in, checking out, and generally ensuring I kept good copies of my work using a private git remote repository.

Well after three weeks of using this book plus the Internet I have to say it's beaten me. The book doesn't explain simple concepts very well, it explains in intricate detail all sorts of detailed technical information that actually is not needed, but missed out on the simple things needed to get going. Remote repositories are about 3/4 of the way through the book, the section is pretty sparse, it's almost as if the author just needed to keep going and was more concerned with quantity of the pages rather than the quality. My understanding of git is that it is incredibly powerful for working with remote and disconnected groups of users, if that's the case then this sort of workflow should be up front and centre rather than towards the back. I still can't work out why I need a bare repository for remote working.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. S. on 19 May 2011
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Unlike the O'Reilly book on Mercurial which gets you up and running in a day, this book lists all details and internals of git but says nothing that will actually get you going and using git. It will show you git internals before you even know how to navigate though the commits you've made. I think it could be useful for someone who knows git already but as a beginner with git I find it horrible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Davide V. on 20 Nov. 2010
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This is the kind of book you would like to have on many software products: it's informative without dumbly repeating online help material, it's practical but also looks at the big picture, with historical notes etc., it's complete without being excessively thick.

It gives you the headstart in Git that is currently a bit difficult to have by just browsing randomnly on Git related websites.

In particular, I found particularly interesting the initial part that outlines the "behind the scenes" architecture and inner workings of Git; I wish the author expanded that chapter even further! Plus, seeing how things are implemented often help also on the practical side. I wouldn't be too worried to scare the audience as it's going to be rather technical anyway!
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