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Beginner�s Guide to Git

Mar 12, 2010, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Price)

"If you're a Linux user, you've likely come across Git at some point, perhaps while trying to download a new program or looking into version control systems like CVS or Subversion. Git is the revision control system created by the Linux kernel's famous Linus Torvalds due to a lack of satisfaction with existing solutions. The main emphasis in the design was on speed, or more specifically, efficiency. Git addresses many of the shortcomings of previous systems, and does it all in a lot less time.

"What Git Does

"Let's say you are working on creating a website for a customer. They state what they want, you design it, they review it and make revisions, rinse, repeat. With each set of revisions from the customer, the site changes and grows. Later, the customer may say "I like it better the way it looked last September". Under normal circumstances, you've got a problem. You may not have all the files and data from that time, and your code may have changed so much that reverting back would be difficult or impossible."

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