Sane git
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Sane git

Because version control shouldn't be a maze

About the Book

If you're not careful it's easy to have git history that:

  • is complicated to reason about,
  • hides work done (or work removed),
  • contains erroneous commits, or worse, loses commits.

There are many many git horror stories. Lost work, lost time and lost hair.

This book details simple strategies to have a sane git experience, catch mistakes early and learn how to do git the right way.

About the Author

Andy Hayden
Andy Hayden

Andy Hayden is currently a technical consultant and software engineer based in San Francisco. Andy has coached teams on git across the world, he's also a data hacker and a collaborator for pandas: python's data analysis library (a project which has seen over 300 contributers).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    • With great power comes great responsibility
    • The solution: keep it simple
    • Why: Fork
    • Why: Small branches from master
    • Why: Pull request
    • Why: Update via rebase
    • Why: Review the network graph
    • Why: Sane release management
    • In this book
  • 2. Getting setup
    • 2.1 Signing up to Github
    • 2.2 Installing git
    • 2.3 Configuring git
    • 2.4 Forking the upstream repository
    • 2.5 Cloning your fork
    • 2.6 Setting up remotes
    • 2.7 The fast-forward alias
  • 3. The workflow
    • 3.1 Fetching the latest code
    • 3.2 Starting work - branching from master
    • 3.3 Creating a pull request
    • 3.4 Merging a pull request
    • 3.5 Updating a branch
    • 3.6 Squashing commits
    • 3.7 Why this workflow
  • 4. The network graph
    • 4.1 Example graph
    • 4.2 Current branches
    • 4.3 Merged branches
    • 4.4 Interacting
    • 4.5 Catching mistakes
  • 5. Sane Release Strategies (Coming soon)
  • 6. War stories (Coming soon)
  • 7. Troubleshooting
    • 7.1 Can’t fast-forward master
    • 7.2 Committed to master
    • 7.3 Undo a rebase
  • 8. Tips
    • 8.1 Aliasing frequently used functions
    • 8.2 Avoid pulling
    • 8.3 Local network graphs
    • 8.4 Checkout pull requests
    • 8.5 Setting default text editor
    • 8.6 IDEs
  • 9. Cheatsheet
    • Fetch latest code
    • Create new branch
    • Update branch with rebase
    • Squash commits
    • Hot-fix a commit
  • Further reading

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