Last night I presented git at Montreal On Rails and I think it went pretty well. I might have forgotten a few things I wanted to say, but I got quite enough question about other aspects of git to fill an hour, aspects that I didn’t expect to be able to squeeze in. Although git is a very different beast than subversion, I feel like most people understood what it is all about. We have some very smart people here in Montreal, and it sure does not look like a ghetto.
Now let me remind you of your homework for the week (it leads toward the path to git enlightenment):
- Listen to Linus Torvalds git talk at google. It really helps understanding the design of git.
- Install git.
- If you are currently using svn, see my guide on how to start using git while keeping a central svn repository.
- Explore parallel universes with branches. Develop a new feature in a branch. Try out a plugin in a branch. Have a branch with rails edge. Do some crazy experimental refactoring in a branch, including renaming files (yes! git will correctly merge).
- Play with git. Set up local “remote” repository to experience what distributed version control is all about. Try out strange branching scenario just to see how git will handle it.
- Read the documentation. See if you can find how to: commit only part of file, send your last 3 commit to another branch, change your last commit (there are 2 ways actually).
I got carried away there. Git rocks.
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