McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git
By Matthew McCullough, Tim Berglund
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2011
Run time: 5 hours 8 minutes

Learn the Git version control system through visual examples and step-by-step explanations in this in-depth video course. Experts Matthew McCullough and Tim Berglund demonstrate how Git not only incorporates the best features of existing source control systems, but also includes unique distributed capabilities that make version control commands available without connectivity, allowing you to choose when to interact with a network.

Explore the full spectrum of Git, from the foundations of how objects are hashed to the practical commands you need to be productive every day. Through live demos, you'll learn in detail how each of Git's new terms and commands works in practice, and discover how this unique distributed version control system compares to centralized systems such as Subversion. You'll also get workflow ideas and practical tips to help you get started most effectively with this revolutionary source code control system.

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4.0

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    2.0

    Technically good, poorly presented

    By vernetto

    from Lausanne, Switzerland

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    Pros

    • Accurate

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

    No doubt that the 2 trainers are technically extremely good, but they slaughter you with an incessant flow of words, adding a lot of irrelevant details, chatting on top of each other, and giving very little visual representation of what they are talking about... eventually the whole watching experience is literally anguishing.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Hosts are way to chatty

    By JeremyTiki

    from Cumberland, MD

    About Me Designer, Developer, Maker, Sys Admin, Web Dev

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    • Easy to understand

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    • Drags On
    • Hosts Off Subject

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

    I work with git on a daily basis at my day job, so I was hoping this video series could help me understand git in more depth.

    While it did provide the information I wanted, I had a hard time getting past the hosts. They constantly babble on and talk back and forth to each other in an attempt to keep the viewer entertained; however I feel it falls short. Most of the videos are spent explaining, then re-explaining, then re-re-explaining the same topic, just saying it in a different way each time.

    All in all, I would rather have the money than the videos, and buy the book instead.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good way to learn Git

    By yAnyO

    from Santo Domingo

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    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples

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      • Novice
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      Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

      Althought the first chapter is really boring, I found videos to be a good experiencia to learn Git.

      (20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I am really disappointed

      By Just a Git Fan

      from Jordan

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        • Too basic

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        • Student

        Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

        I like git and I try not to skip any new book or resource I find about it, but these videos are really disappointing.

        Firstly, the instructors take a very long time (around 1 hour and twenty minutes in total) to say this:

        1. git is very easy to install and there is not much to say about installation (But it takes them several minutes).

        2. A couple of git commands, file states under git and examples on most basic commands (git init, git add and git commit).

        The funny thing is that Scott Chacon of GitHub has a video on youtube where he teach you almost everything about git in 1 hour and 22 minutes. So I do not understand why spend one and a half hour talking about "git add" and "git commit"?!

        Secondly, Why do we need two instructors!? It was more distracting than useful, felt like the second one was competing to have some role in the video. For a viewer the whole thing was more of a distraction.

        After around 2 hours spent watching (still have 3 hours not watched), I found myself going back to my lovely books and online videos..

        Viewers time is valuable, you can not just make the video 5 hours long for the sake of making it look like a big thing. I am disappointed.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent

        By ckelly

        from Virginia

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        Pros

        • Chatty and upbeat
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Insights to git's guts
        • Tim's radio-quality voice

        Cons

        • Long-winded

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        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

        A very helpful tutorial. Not sure it had to go as long as it did, but I never got tired of hearing Tim's "Peter Van De Graaf" voice. I also appreciated the insights into Git's inner workings.

        Thanks for the DMR-free videos. Got this on the half-price DMR-Free Sale.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Advanced topics but clear & well-taught

        By Dozza

        from Sydney, Australia

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

        • Not comprehensive enough

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        • Expert

        Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

        I probably own about one or two git books, I use git quite a bit but I don't go beyond my normal basic routines. I then was given the opportunity to review Mastering Advanced Git, a 3-and-a-half-hour video by Matthew McCullough (@matthewmccull) and Tim Berglund (@tlberglund). After the introductory video warning us that the topics are quite advanced, I decided to review the predecessor set of videos, Mastering Git which went through the basics. Whilst reviewing that set of videos is beyond the scope of this review, it is vital that anyone who is new to Git take that up first as you will be completely lost if you attempt the master version without the pre-requisite knowledge of the first set.

        So anyway, the videos here take your git productivity to a much higher level, and the style of learning via video puts you in a tutorial class alongside other people who are learning (in the video) where they represent you and ask questions when something isn't straight forward. The tutorial presentations are preeminent, where they go through a lot of the concepts which are hard to come by in normal documentation, such as advanced configuration of the git repository to customise default behaviour, various pull and push options and working with Refspec.

        The explanations were clear, they went over a few examples to solidify your understanding of the particular concept which is fantastic. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get a chapter on submodules, which is one of the things that makes git unique compared to svn, however the knowledge you acquire from both videos (this one and the predecessor one) would allow you to have a strong overall understanding of git.

        Now that I have gone through the videos, I would be able to go back to individual chapters if I forgot something and this acts as a great reference set of material. Overall, I would sincerely recommend Mastering Advanced Git to anyone who Mastering Git, so give this method of learning a go and see how you go compare to the normal O'Reilly literature. I would be interested to see a git cookbook come out of course, which would be a fantastic addition to my expanding library of git books and videos.

         
        5.0

        Very well done

        By Some random git

        from Austin TX

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

            I don't usually like video tutorials, but this one was very effective.

             
            5.0

            Must have if you are new to git

            By mko

            from Poland

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

              I really, really like the way material is presented. Pragmatically, illustrated with simple examples and with only as much theory as you need.

              Basically, I have started with zero knowledge to git, and now I am thinking of moving my personal backup repository from svn to git. What I know for sure, I will give it a try.

              One drawback here. Video lacks the companion book. Some sort of workbook where you could easily pick up the command line syntax and navigate over the material. But still, I recommend this one.

              I am recently becoming a fan of Tim and Matthew – they are doing really good job during their online trainings.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Clear, detailed, engaging, great!

              By Average developer

              from Cupertino, CA

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                Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

                Great presentation, a lot of material for the money here. It seems like a lot of time to spend watching video, but Git is worth learning, and worth learning well, and this got me past some of the more tricky concepts. I'm still having some challenges because our Git setup is a bit more complex than most (using submodules with submodules) but this was a great basis from which to understand what is going on. The bad thing is you do have to spend some time to get through it all; the good thing is none of it gets boring; the presentation style is great, the speakers are clear, and have good questions they play off each other with. Great production values, very clear audio, highly readable code examples since it's HD video.

                 
                5.0

                I am so glad I found this video set.

                By HK

                from Charlotte, NC

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                    Comments about O'Reilly Media McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git:

                    I come from the Windows world and I'm just getting used to coding in the OS X world. I was struggling with git/github and even terminal. I just couldn't get my head around git. Matthew and Tim make it so simple. I was over thinking the workflow. Thanks guys!

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