Version Control with Ease
About the Book
If you want to manage changes to your projects effectively with ease, this book is for you. It gives you the essential Git commands that cover most of your daily version control needs. Learning is more effective when you work on real examples. Therefore, this book also gives you a complete working solution that guides you through the workflow of managing your work with Git.
You will begin with the basics of managing a project on your local machine, which cover how to create a repository, save a revision of your work, move and delete files, compare differences, inspect project history, restore your project to a previous state, and undo your mistakes. Next, you will learn how to organize your work into isolated lines of development so that you can freely experiment with new ideas. Ideas that work can be merged while others can be discarded. You will also learn how to put a copy of your work online, either to serve as a backup or to share your work with others.
The last chapter gives you a few more commands that can make your work life easier. You will find guidelines on how to use Git effectively as well. Once you have finished this book, you should be able to use Git to manage your projects and explore advanced topics with relative ease.
- Book summary
- Why Git?
- Why this book?
- The command line
- Installing Git
- Configuring Git
Basic version control with Git
- Setting up your project
- Initializing a Git repository
- Tracking files
- Preparing a revision of your work
- Committing your work
- What is a commit?
- Inspecting a commit
- Adding new changes
- What are the new changes?
- Inspecting the staged changes
- Preparing your next commit
- What are all the new changes you have made so far?
- What is HEAD?
- Your second commit
- Amending the last commit
- Renaming a file
- Writing a descriptive commit message
- Removing unwanted files
- Undoing the last commit
- Undoing an undo operation
- Retrieving an old revision of your work
- Returning to your latest work
- Accessing the ancestor of a commit
Branching and merging
- What is a branch?
- Creating a new branch
- Branches are independent lines of development
- Adding a new document
- Adding and committing changes in one single step
- First complete version
- Fixing errors
- Switching branches in the middle of your work
- Stashing uncommitted changes
- Creating and switching to a new branch automatically
- Retrieving a list of stashed changes
- Restoring stashed changes
- Finalizing your work
- Visualizing history graph
- Creating an alias for a long command
- Fast-forward merge
- Undoing a fast-forward merge
- Creating a merge commit
- Parents of a merge commit
- Resolving conflicts
- Undoing a rebase operation
- Rebasing without switching branches
- Cleaning up a branch
- Cleaning up your repository for sharing
- Creating a BitBucket account
- Creating a repository on BitBucket
- Connecting your local repository with a remote repository
- Pushing local changes to a remote repository
- Tracking information
- Your repository on BitBucket
- Cloning a remote repository
- Changing the author of a cloned repository
- Pushing from a cloned repository
- Fetching new changes from a remote repository
- Push rejection
- Resolving a push rejection
- Making the history linear
- Reverting your shared changes
- Renaming a remote repository
- Adding more remote repositories
- Creating a GitHub account
- Creating a private repository on GitHub
- Using GitHub
- Removing a remote repository
Going the extra mile
- Navigating text
- Navigating history
- Ignoring files
- Tagging a commit
- Who last modified a file?
- Error hunting
- Bundling your repository
- Distributing your work
- Finding lost commits
- General guidelines
- Extra learning resources
- About iThinker Studio
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