🥳 Released October 4th 2023. See the release post.
This book covers the best command line Git tools, techniques, tips, tricks, and tactical tidbits I’ve encountered from 11 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.
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.
Opening notes, a description of the included examples, acknowledgements, and changelog.
Git's configuration files, basic options to configure, backing up configuration files in a repository.
Shorten Git commands with both shell and Git aliases.
Improve your shell experience with oh-my-zsh and Starship.
Three tools that integrate with Git: Less, delta, and ripgrep.
Improvements for per-repository configuration: default branch naming and Git ignore files.
Hooks and the pre-commit framework
Extend Git with the pre-commit framework and related hooks.
Options and data types common to all or many Git commands.
Branches and worktree
Manage branches better and work on multiple branches at once with worktrees.
status and diff
Make checking status easier and improve the diffs that Git generates.
add and restore
Learn how to add changes with precision and undo/un-add them with “git restore”.
commit and reset
Commit faster and carefully undo commits with “git reset”.
stash and apply
Two commands for handling changes outside of the regular workflow.
push and pull
Make pushing and pulling branches a little bit smoother.
merge and rebase
Improve how merging and rebasing works.
log and reflog
Find details from the commit log with precision and undo destructive actions with the reflog.
blame and bisect
Track who changed what when with blame and use bisect to track down problem commits.
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.
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