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Giggle: A Git GUI

Jun 22, 2010, 21:36 (0 Talkback[s])

"In the roughly five years that the Git distributed version control system has been around, it has gained quite a following. But at its core, Git is command-line oriented, which doesn't necessarily suit all of its users. Along the way, various GUI interfaces to Git have been created, including two Tcl/Tk-based tools that come with Git. Giggle is a GUI front-end for Git that is based on GTK+, which released a 0.5 version in late April.

"The two tools that come with Git are oriented for two separate jobs: gitk is for browsing the repository, while git-gui provides a way to change the repository by committing files, merging, creating branches, and so on. The combination provides fairly full-featured access to Git but, because of its Tcl/Tk-based UI, lacks much in the way of eye appeal. In addition, those tools don't integrate well with a GNOME desktop, visually or functionally, which is what Giggle (and others) are trying to do.

"Giggle combines both the repository browsing and changing functions into one program, but the feature set for the latter still lags git-gui. There are two modes in Giggle: "Browse" for looking through the source tree and "History" for looking at the commits in the repository."

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