Painless Productivity Trilogy
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Painless Productivity Trilogy

Painless Vim
Painless Git
Painless Tmux
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Ah, the command line, source of all power. Hackers of all hat colors and sysadmins of all stripes have known that the best way to interact with your machine is through the ever faithful terminal. But the learning curve required to truly master that power is steep, and it seems like all the tutorials out there only make it steeper.

That's where the Painless Productivity Trilogy comes into play. Three quick bursts of good natured but information dense instruction for one low price.

Painless Git joins the series! This book distills five years of trainings, arguments, late night problem solving sessions, and experimentation into one slim volume. It's like having a seasoned git pro (me) helping you and your team use git consistently, effectively, and intelligently. I had all the git style fights so you don't have to!

Painless Vim will show you how to finally master the arcane art of using the vim text editor. Written in an engaging and friendly style, this book will take you from vim hater to confident vim user in just a few pages, allowing you to take on any terminal editing job without fear.

Painless Tmux introduces you to the world of terminal multiplexing, a fancy word for having more than one terminal window open on the same screen. Tmux lets you write code, keep an eye on your server load, check your email and run your latest build all from a single window, and what's more, it makes you look like the world's greatest hacker while you're doing it.

With these two three titles in your library, you're ready to take on the world, all without even touching the mouse.

Praise for the Painless Productivity Pack!

Hey, Nate. I’ve really enjoyed both Painless Vim and Painless Tmux. Even despite all the great resources for these applications, yours have done the most to get me to proficiency. Thank you for that, and keep up the good work! -- Devon Campbell (@raddevon)
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Painless Vim

Painless Vim

A Sane Person's Guide to the World's Most Powerful Editor
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As I use Painless Vim, I feel like your are there learning with me rather than standing on the other side of my desk spouting information at me. Your style is very readable and that counts for so much, especially when covering a complex tool such as Vim... What I want and have found in Painless Vim is learning that is fun. --Andy Staab

Painless Vim [is] an excellent way to get acquainted with a very powerful editor. It also now includes a very well-designed and quick-to-scan cheat sheet. It’s one of the most helpful I’ve seen.Brett Terpstra

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vim (But Were Afraid to Ask) #painlessvim by @PogiNate

— Gábor (@gaborpro) June 11, 2014

Painless Vim is written by a professional developer who tried to learn vim a number of times before it finally stuck. I kept falling into the same cycle: I'd read a wide a array of books, online tutorials, print-outs, go through all their steps, and in the end get almost nowhere. Then I'd quietly go back to my editor of choice until next time I decided to try it out.

It wasn't until I started abusing the patience of a fellow developer who was a few months ahead of me on the vim learning curve that I came to finally understand how much power vim actually has to offer. He didn't try to tell me that I had to do everything "the vim way" or even that I had to give up my favorite editor. Instead he quietly and kindly gave me pointers that I could understand, advice I could appreciate, and encouragement to keep trying. With his help I was surprised how quickly I got comfortable with vim, and how much faster I've been ever since.

And now I want to pass that kind of learning along. Painless Vim starts with the understanding that you're an intelligent, busy person who has to get actual work done along with learning a new text editor. This book is designed to help you get comfortable with vim incrementally, without demanding that you toss your mouse out the window and disable all the keyboard shortcuts you've learned over the years. The goal is to introduce you to the 20% of vim that you'll use most often first, and give you pointers to the 80% you'll use less often when you're ready to explore.

Painless Vim is also designed to be short, easy to read, and inexpensive, so you can learn quickly and painlessly if vim is for you, without slogging through 500 pages or shelling out a ton of money just to go back to your editor of choice. I think you'll like this book, and I think that before too long you'll find that using vim is actually fun and that learning it was, well, painless.

Painless Git

Painless Git

A Sane Person's Guide to Distributed Development
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Git is the lingua franca of team-based software development. And with good reason. Git is powerful, flexible, well-built, and battle hardened.

It can also be just a bit daunting. Merge conflicts pop up and litter your code with random rows of equal signs and angle brackets. You get great advice about rebasing instead of merging, which is a good idea except for those times where it's a bad idea. Stray too far into the weeds and you start hearing about "reflog" which sounds like "hitting someone again". that's no way to live.

Which is why I'm here. I've been teaching teams how to use git for about five years now, and trust me, I've seen every mess a team can get into with git.

Painless Git is a distillation of all the best git advice I've found over the years, helping you not only start using git, but start using it well. Once you've got a solid understanding of the basics of git, I'll help you build the confidence you need to find your way out of messes without resorting to the old "delete your working directory and start over" technique.

The Painless series is designed around developers who have a lot to do. I take it as read that you're intelligent and don't want to spend your time reading tech books. Painless Git is designed to be short, easy to read, and inexpensive, so you can learn how to manage distributed development quickly and get to work. I think you'll like this book and before too long you'll find that using git is actually fun, and learning it was, well, painless.

Painless Tmux

Painless Tmux

A Sane Person's Guide to Command Line Happiness
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In the old days you had a big ol’ green screen on your desk with a big ol’ clicky keyboard. You typed in a command, that command got sent to a mainframe somewhere and the screen showed you what happened and we called it high tech. Now we all have these multi-core computing beasts on our desks, systems capable of running literally billions of instructions in the time it takes you to blink, but for some reason we’re still treating the command line like a green screen dumb terminal that can only handle one command at a time.

That’s no way to live. Except for the clicky keyboard part. Mechanical keyboards are awesome. But that’s not the point.

Enter tmux. Tmux is a way to get more out of your terminal emulator. Open multiple windows on one screen, and multiple tabs in a single session to have instant access to every aspect of your work all from a single terminal window. While you’re at it you can open up multiple sessions on a single machine, or connect to remote sessions…in short, tmux is your gateway to the matrix. Glowy green letters everywhere! (if that’s your idea of a cool color scheme. I’m not here to judge.)Painless Tmux starts with the understanding that you're an intelligent, busy person who has to get actual work done along with learning to wrangle multiple command lines. This book is designed to help you get comfortable with tmux incrementally, helping you build up the kind of skill you need to fully utilize panes, windows, sessions and all the other power features of tmux. The goal is to introduce you to the 20% of tmux that you'll use most often first, and give you pointers to the 80% you'll use less often when you're ready to explore. Painless Tmux is also designed to be short, easy to read, and inexpensive, so you can learn quickly and painlessly. I think you'll like this book, and I think that before too long you'll find that using tmux is actually fun and that learning it was, well, painless.

About the Author

Nate Dickson
Nate Dickson

Nate Dickson is a professional programmer by day, working for a large non-profit organization in the tops of the Rocky Mountains. By night he makes fun of all things Apple, writes about the best things ever, maintains a personal blog, and contributes to various open source projects. Nate lives in a cozy little suburb with his wife, kids, and a dog that's bigger than most sheep. It's a good life.

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