More people
authorAndrew M Farrell <afarrell@mit.edu>
Sat, 14 Aug 2010 18:17:31 +0000 (14:17 -0400)
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Sat, 14 Aug 2010 18:17:31 +0000 (14:17 -0400)
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+Git is a Version Control System
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+Have you struggled with combining changes across a team of writers e-mailing edited documents back and forth? Or created dozens of "old", "old2". Yea, then git will make your life better. 
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+If you are course 6, You probably want to read 
+[Git for Computer Scientists](http://eagain.net/articles/git-for-computer-scientists/) which will teach you the abstract object model. Nelhage also gives a cluedump in the fall about the object model and you might want to read [his slides](http://web.mit.edu/nelhage/Public/git-slides-2009.pdf)
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+But this will not really teach you the commands you need to know for everyday use.
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+You should walk through [The git tutorial](http://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/gittutorial.html) for this.
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+But the real way to learn git is to use it for a project.
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+At the very least you can just `git init` in the directory of any project you start, `git add` new and changed files, and `git commit -m "some description of your changes"`. And pick up collaboration, branching, history editing, and cherry picking when you need them.
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+There is also the route taken by ezyang and gdb: coming up with some crazy project to do something _using_ git as a tool.
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+Dump of other resources about git:
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+- [http://sipb.mit.edu/iap/git/](http://sipb.mit.edu/iap/git/)
+- [http://progit.org/book/](http://progit.org/book/)
+- [http://git.or.cz/man/everyday](http://git.or.cz/man/everyday)
+- [http://www.git-scm.com/](http://www.git-scm.com/)
+- [What is this thing called source control?](http://www.slideshare.net/secret/wBsLzZb3O7cXCU)