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Unleash the power of tracking & collaboration with version control

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Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous covers an often-overlooked but essential modern computing skill: version control. Git, the most popular and powerful version-control system, lets you track changes in software projects while also enabling collaboration with millions of developers around the world.

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This is the place to start learning technical sophistication. Learn Enough Developer Fundamentals covers three essential tools for the aspiring computer magician: the Unix command line, text editors, and version control with Git. After this level, you will be in a position to collaborate with millions of developers around the world, even if you’re not (yet) a developer yourself.

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Learn Essential Skills

In the Git Tutorial

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Keep a history of all the changes you make

Version control solves a problem that might look familiar if you’ve ever seen Word documents or Excel spreadsheets with names like Report_2014_1.doc, Report_2014_2.doc, Report_2014_3.doc, or budget-v7.xls. These cumbersome names indicate how annoying it can be to track different versions of documents. Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous teaches you how to use Git, the most popular and powerful version control system.

A version control system provides an automatic way to track changes in software projects, giving creators the power to view previous versions of files and directories, develop speculative features without disrupting the main development, securely back up the project and its history, and collaborate easily and conveniently with others. In addition, using version control also makes deploying production websites and web applications much easier. As a result, fluency in at least one version control system is an incredibly valuable skill for developer, designer, and manager alike.

To be productive with Git, you don’t have to know everything about it—you just have to learn enough to be dangerous.

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Git fundamentals

Learn the basics of git

In Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous, you’ll learn how to create a Git repository for the files in a sample project consisting of a simple website. You’ll also learn how to commit changes to the project, thereby insuring that the changes won’t ever be lost.

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Using GitHub

Set yourself up with a powerful service

You’ll also learn how to set up a remote repository at GitHub, a wildly popular site for sharing and collaborating on projects and code. This remote repo includes a handy file called README.md (written in the intuitive Markdown formatting language), which tells potential users and collaborators about your project.

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Save to a safe place

Save all of your changes to the cloud

As an essential next step, you’ll learn how to push project changes to the remote repository. Then you’ll learn the useful practices of making a branch, which lets you make changes in isolation—without changing the main project—and then merge the changes in when you’re ready to share them.

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Collaborate with Git

Coding is easier with friends

Finally, you’ll learn how to use Git to collaborate with other developers. This includes cloning (copying) repositories and learning what to do when changes from two developers conflict. You’ll also discover how Git (combined with GitHub) enables an amazing surprise bonus for your sample website—one that will give you bragging rights with all of your friends.

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About the Author

Michael Hartl

Michael Hartl is the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, one of the leading introductions to web development, and is cofounder and principal author at Learn Enough. Previously, he was a physics instructor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator entrepreneur program.

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