Git Pocket Guide
A Working Introduction
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2013
Pages: 234

This pocket guide is the perfect on-the-job companion to Git, the distributed version control system. It provides a compact, readable introduction to Git for new users, as well as a reference to common commands and procedures for those of you with Git experience.

Written for Git version 1.8.2, this handy task-oriented guide is organized around the basic version control functions you need, such as making commits, fixing mistakes, merging, and searching history.

  • Examine the state of your project at earlier points in time
  • Learn the basics of creating and making changes to a repository
  • Create branches so many people can work on a project simultaneously
  • Merge branches and reconcile the changes among them
  • Clone an existing repository and share changes with push/pull commands
  • Examine and change your repository’s commit history
  • Access remote repositories, using different network protocols
  • Get recipes for accomplishing a variety of common tasks
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4.7

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  • Easy to understand (7)
  • Helpful examples (7)
  • Well-written (7)
  • Accurate (6)

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    • Student (4)
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    5.0

    Clear and concise

    By Nicola

    from Milano, Italy

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Novice

      Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

      I was looking for a book that would both get me started as a total Git beginner and be useful as a reference later on. Git Pocket Guide fits the bill nicely. As an added benefit its layout makes the PDF version especially suitable for reading on a tablet.

       
      5.0

      More than a pocket guide

      By Jack of All Trades

      from UK

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      • Concise
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

        This book is more than a pocket guide. It's one of three books I have on Git ... but the only one I return to time and time agin as it explains just the right amount (to me) of the abstract ideas and the practical detail. It does this better than any source I have found online.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        I may have wrong expectations.

        By Tough Client

        from Alberta, Canada

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        Pros

        • Fit In Phone Screen

        Cons

        • Difficult to understand
        • Not Practical

        Best Uses

        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

        I expected a pocket guide to be something I can carry around, open, find the right commands & options for my tasks quickly.
        If you do not use Git everyday, and forget the commands details, this book won't help.
        This book is more like "Introduction to Git".
        One other problem with the book is that it uses a lot of un-explained terms.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good and comprehensive Book !

        By BluesBrother

        from Frankfurt Germany

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Essential Topics Matched
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

        Cons

        • - Best Practices Needed

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        • Expert
        • Intermediate

        Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

        Everything i need for hands on dayly work with git

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wish I had bought this book sooner

        By jv

        from Corning, NY

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        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

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          Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

          Up til now, I have fumbled along using git, learning as I thought need be. Git Pocket Guide is definitely a blessing for me. I would say that it is a good addition to my bookshelf, but I doubt it will be far enough from my desk to make it to the bookshelf.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great book for starting with Git

          By Ryan from FIT

          from Melbourne, FL

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          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples

          Cons

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            Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

            I found this book to be a good and easy to use reference and as an introduction to using Git, how Git works and why it works the way it does.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            concise and understandable

            By PCN

            from New York NY

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              Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

              I've been using git for a year but have had various aspects that I have read about but couldn't clearly wrap my head around due to what I now think is poor presentation in other literature. This guide overcomes those issues and takes the frustration out of the experience by making some of git's sharp edges well explained.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great little guide

              By Matt

              from England

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              Pros

              • Concise
              • Helpful examples
              • Well-written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Intermediate

                Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

                Honestly, I bought this guide because Git seems to be fashionable now. It's an interesting guide, providing some detail about how Git works under the hood.

                I think this is a good thing- it would have been easy to write a guide which just says 'to do ABC, type PQR', but that would leave me with a more superficial understanding.

                It starts with the more basic functions, so I soon felt productive.

                I can think of one thing I'd change- after a bit of searching online I came across 'git svn', which allows Git to act as a Subversion client. This would help me to use Git at work, where we use a Subversion repository, and it seems like a bit of an omission to not have a section on that.

                On the whole though, this guide is just what I needed.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works as a pocket guide should

                By Jon Wilks

                from Southampton UK

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                • Accurate
                • Easy to understand
                • Well-written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Intermediate

                  Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

                  I already have "Version Control with Git" so I purchased this ebook to use purely as a reference. So far it has had an answer to all the queries I have had so as a pocket guide it is fine and with the right amount of detail. I would recommend this as an addition to "Version Control with Git" and not as a substitute.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Git Pocket Guide by Richard Silverman

                  By Nerdy Dude

                  from Hollis, NH

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                  • Concise
                  • Easy to understand
                  • Helpful examples

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                    • Novice

                    Comments about oreilly Git Pocket Guide:

                    At work, we are getting ready to start using Git for some code tracking and since I've never used Git before, I thought this would be a great reference to have around at work. It's good timing because I have been interested in trying things out at home on some other projects I have been tinkering with.
                    The first chapter does a good job in getting you acclimated to some of the basic terminology. I used SVN for a short while on a project and only learned the bare minimum to update my repository and check in a few edits I made for a project so this chapter was useful in getting me going.
                    The 8 or 9 chapters or so really just goes over the basics you need to know for using a Git as a way to track your coding changes and it has been very useful. It's basic enough that it gets you going.
                    The last few chapters I haven't really delved into as much but I can see them being useful for those that need it. I'm not at that point yet but I can assume it's good.
                    Then the final chapter is like a FAQ and is nice.
                    I give this 5 stars but with a caveat. I don't really know or understand the last couple of chapters that well so I can't comment on that.

                    Overall, it's a handy reference to have around and I would recommend it to the novice user like myself.

                    I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the O'Reilly blogger program.

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