Git: Version control for everyone Paperback – 24 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Ravishankar Somasundaram has over 6 years of techno-functional experience in providing solutions to clients across multiple sectors and domains. Being passionate about learning and teaching, he also strongly believes that the sole purpose of learning is to make our minds think in different perspectives, and he facilitates this in his training sessions through a blended learning approach mainly focused on how to "learn to learn".
Junior Scientist: Apart from winning several prizes in science projects in his lower schoolings, he was awarded the title "Junior Scientist" by the committee consisting of people from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in an Inter school Science Fest for a model display on Evolution of Airplanes through Aerodynamics. This is one of his childhood achievements.
His final year college project, aimed at eliminating the scenario of English alone being the medium of programming in all programming languages, which restricts people who don't know English from getting into the IT field and implementing their ideas, was selected and funded by MIT NRCFOSS and considered as a landmark.
By early 2010 he was an official third-party developer of Moodle code, one of the seven people from India and the only one from Tamil Nadu. He shares his knowledge by helping people on the Moodle official forum and on IRC. He has also presented a paper in the 9th International Tamil Internet conference on Moodle: For Enhanced Learning which talks about leveraging Modle's capability to expand user base for one of the oldest language known to mankind - Tamil.
Ravi currently leads Thirdware technology solutions efforts on "Next Generation Mobility" by playing with evolving technologies through its trends - predominantly focusing on Enterprise mobility (MEAP segment) as a Senior Technical Analyst heading the R&D division.
Recently he represented his company at an international conference: "Yugma Unleashing the Innovation Potential", with an idea that uses Artificial Intelligence to empower the next generation of enterprise mobile solutions.
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There are people out there who are already experts with Git and do not need to learn the basics...This book is not for those people. However, if you've never used SCM (or Git in particular) or want to start at the basics again, then this book is a great resource.
Even though I am from a non IT background, I do have a lot of work with computers and I had no idea either about version controlling or GIT until and unless I had an opportunity to read this book.
And when I went through it I was simply amazed. The reason for my surprise and amazement were of two dimensions:
1. I got to know about version controlling and GIT. I was surprised about the features of GIT and came to know how effective it can be, if employed in our day to day activities involving documents, image files, power point presentations etc.
And the best feature is that, this book teaches the concept of Version Control using GIT right from the basics in very simple and easy to follow procedures and does it effectively by following the methodology of "learn by doing".
2. The way in which the author Ravishankar Somasundaram has taken the book.... was simply awesome.
He has made the book very easy to read and understand even by a non IT person.
He has used very simple language and not very high sounding technical terms and where ever new terms come in, he has never failed to give explanations for them.
He has quoted simple examples from our daily routine with which we can relate the subject and understand it easily.
And in many places he has infused into the book his sense of humor which makes the book very lively.
All these features make the book an interesting read and easy to finish in few days time. I would like to thank Packt Publishing for bringing out such a book and the author for the efforts he has put in to make the book reachable and understandable for everyone.
Git: Version control for everyone
If you are looking for a comprehensive reference for all Git's features, files, and so on...Ravishankar Somasundaram's "Git: Version Control for Everyone" isn't for you. If however, like me, you want to be able to quickly become proficient with Git's basic commands and actions with a good understanding of what is going on...then this will be a perfect resource. (Now, don't get me wrong, Somasundaram does some deeper dives into aspects of Git.)
This book is a quick read, Somasundaram has a warm writing style, and when you reach the end you'll know a lot more than when you began. Want to get started (and much more) with Git? Buy "Git: Version Control for Everyone."
Two final notes. First, I did receive a review Kindle copy of the book. Second, yes my reviews of Packt books so far have been positive...but that's not because I get review copies...it is because they've all been very good. That's why I generally look to Packt when I want to learn something new.
If you are experienced with git, don't let the slow pace of the beginning of the book keep you from reading on. Toward the end, there's some great explanations for what git is doing with some common commands as well as what the .git file contents are. Useful information.