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Boost Your Git DX

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This book covers the best command line Git tools, techniques, tips, tricks, and tactical tidbits I’ve encountered from 11.5 years of using Git. The selection reflects my preferences for well-maintained tools that provide high value with little need for customization.

Note that this book is not an introduction to Git and assumes that you’re already using Git on a daily basis. It offers ways to improve your developer experience with Git that ultimately help you code faster.

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Some of the book’s content is adapted from previous blog posts, including:


The book contains 18 chapters. Below is a brief summary of the contents. See the release post for a full table of contents and links to sample content.

  1. Introduction
    Opening notes, a description of the included examples, acknowledgements, and changelog.
  2. Global configuration
    Git's configuration files, basic options to configure, backing up configuration files in a repository.
  3. Aliases
    Shorten Git commands with both shell and Git aliases.
  4. Shell configuration
    Improve your shell experience with oh-my-zsh and Starship.
  5. Shell tools
    Three tools that integrate with Git: Less, delta, and ripgrep.
  6. Repository configuration
    Improvements for per-repository configuration: default branch naming and Git ignore files.
  7. Hooks and the pre-commit framework
    Extend Git with the pre-commit framework and related hooks.
  8. Command commonalities
    Options and data types common to all or many Git commands.
  9. Branches and worktree
    Manage branches better and work on multiple branches at once with worktrees.
  10. status and diff
    Make checking status easier and improve the diffs that Git generates.
  11. add and restore
    Learn how to add changes with precision and undo/un-add them with “git restore”.
  12. commit and reset
    Commit faster and carefully undo commits with “git reset”.
  13. stash and apply
    Two commands for handling changes outside of the regular workflow.
  14. push and pull
    Make pushing and pulling branches a little bit smoother.
  15. merge and rebase
    Improve how merging and rebasing works.
  16. log and reflog
    Find details from the commit log with precision and undo destructive actions with the reflog.
  17. blame and bisect
    Track who changed what when with blame and use bisect to track down problem commits.
  18. Outroduction
    Honourable mentions that didn’t quite make it, and further reading.


Who are you?

Hi, I'm Adam Johnson. I'm an author and solo consultant working with Django and Python.

I’ve used Git since 2012 and have 1.3k repositories on my GitHub profile. I even managed to become a Git contributor whilst writing this book.

What's included?

A PDF watermarked with your email address, an ePub, an AZW3 file (Kindle), and a resources zip file containing all the code examples.

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“This book transformed my day-to-day operations. As a self-taught engineer, I have found myself starved for mentorship, and Boost Your Git DX has been my most influential mentor in 2023.”
Lance Goyke on his blog

That's my reaction after every section in “Boost Your Git DX” by @AdamChainz, a goldmine of excellent tips about git.”
Rodrigo on Twitter

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Daniel Andrlik on Mastodon

“Both [Boost Your DX books] are amazing, they remind me of my school days when you would sit in the computer lab next to the wizards, and come away with new magical skills.”
John Beimler on Mastodon

“I've been using git for years and can do all the basic stuff there. But the "Boost Your Git DX" shares many useful tips, configuration settings, and options I didn't know about. It finally pushed me to revisit my git workflows and apply some improvements.”
Sebastian Witowski on LinkedIn

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“Adam's written two books before (Boost Your Django DX; Speed Up Your Django Tests) — both paid for themselves within the first hour of my purchase.
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“I had the opportunity to preview a few chapters of Adam's book and was seriously impressed. I can almost guarantee you'll learn some tricks and ways to optimize your workflow. He went down the rabbit hole so you don't have to.”
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Last updated May 23, 2023

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