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About the Author

Ravishankar Somasundaram

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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87c12210) out of 5 stars Perfect for Git beginners 28 Feb. 2013
By JavaGrrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you want to learn Git, but don't know where to begin or have found other books too advanced, then look no further. This book takes baby steps in teaching Git, which is a nice change of pace from other books that breeze through the fundamentals or assume the reader has a technical background. As someone who had very little experience with SCM (i.e. I have used subversion only a couple times) and was interested in learning (and actually understanding!) Git, I found other books on Git a little too advanced for my level (which can be a little discouraging when you are learning a new technology). What those books either glossed over or covered way too technically, this book goes through step-by-step, with jargon kept at a minimum. Actually, the author is kind of funny in a few places, which was a pleasant surprise. One aspect of the book I thought was particularly helpful was that the author explained how to accomplish each and every task for both GUI (graphical user interface) and CLI (command line) users. Other books I have bought on Git focus only using the CLI. The book itself is brief; I finished it in a couple of days of casual reading. Even though it's brief, it has good breadth, covering the most basic aspects of Git to more intermediate features in the later chapters. Having finished the book, I feel ready to re-attempt the more advanced books I have.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87c12264) out of 5 stars Good introduction for beginners but others will probably be disappointed 29 July 2014
By OpenMindedNotCredulous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you're not familiar with using a version control system and you're primarily working on MS-Windows this book is for you (and deserves at least one extra star in that case). But if you have any experience or will be working on a UNIX based OS such as Linux or Mac OS X you'll probably find "Pro Git" more satisfying.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jaya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book GIT : VERSION CONTROL FOR EVERYONE by Ravishankar Somasundaram is an excellent book which is not only meant for those in the technology department but for everyone who use computer for their day to day activities.

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.
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HASH(0x87c12a68) out of 5 stars Yet another perfect "get started" book from Packt 22 Feb. 2013
By Alan Fahrner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After deciding to do a significant overhaul of a web site I've worked on since 1998 (including my first development of a Wordpress plugin), it seemed that the time was perfect to get the new stuff (and the old stuff I was retaining) into source control. Although JetBrain's PHPStorm made it so I could leverage GitHub with only my general understanding of source control, I wanted a better grasp of its features (and Git's potentials). Thus, I opened up this book...

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.
HASH(0x87c12a80) out of 5 stars Good for everyone 25 Jan. 2014
By Kent C. Dodds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great read for anyone who wants to know more about git. Whether you know nothing about programming, or are an experienced veteran, you will learn valuable lessons about git from this book. It does a terrific job of starting out slow and explaining concepts in very simple terms. Each concept has a step-by-step explanation of how to accomplish a specific task and what is happening behind the scenes.

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.
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