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It has been roughly one month since I have started using Git – previous SCM’s were SVN and TFS. One month into using a distributed SCM’s and I am very impressed. A few suggestions to those thinking of migrating or trying it out…

  1. Prepare to feel uncomfortable for a while – this goes when changing or trying out anything new – especially when you are comfortable with previous tools, when I moved to Git it felt very foreign at first, especially coming from a Windows paradigm where you are used to everything being nicely wrapped in a GUI. The benefit I see from trying Git out with Git Bash etc. for a Windows based developer is it gets you exposed to new tools and paradigms. For instance, I had heard of Vim before but had never endeavoured to use it – when I started using Git Bash I decided I would give Vim a try – and now while I am no expert to it, at least I have a base to work on.
  2. Watch the Git videos – I found the videos by Scott Chacon were a useful to go through – I would suggest to walk through them before you start with Git, and then once you have battled it out for a few weeks to review them.
  3. One of the concepts I battled to pick up was what a remote repository was compared to a local one… it took a while, I just kept reverting back to my SVN concepts which got in the way – after a few days of not getting it, I simulated it on my home network and then it made sense…
  4. I would suggest getting used to Git without playing with Github – just so that you don’t get caught up with to much to soon.

So, it has been one month and I am satisfied with the results I have. I am very happy with Git and would recommend it to any team who is looking for a solid SCM.

Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2011 9:14 AM Misc , Useful Tools | Back to top


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# re: One month into Git
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How easy would it be to merge code from different developers?
Left by gregor suttie on Sep 18, 2011 7:43 PM

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I have found it to be extremely easy to merge code... as easy as in any of the other top source code control systems.
Left by Mark Pearl on Sep 19, 2011 8:23 AM

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