GIT 101

26 Jan, 2009

After hearing a lot about distributed source code management (SCM) systems lately, I’ve been playing around with GIT and I like it a lot. As a longtime user of traditional SCMs like CVS and Subversion, working with GIT is something of a revelation and so nothing seems more natural than spreading the gospel a little 🙂

To help other people learn about GIT, I’ve collected some of the most interesting GIT 101 stuff I’ve found around the net.

The Basics

GIT vs Subversion

  • The GIT-SVN crash course: a good starting point for people switching to GIT from SVN
  • A git-svn Tutorial: a good tutorial for using git locally while still working with a central SVN repository.
  • Why GIT Is Better Than X: a good summary of arguments why GIT is better than any other SCM and also a good introduction to some of the most basic features of GIT
  • Three reasons to switch to GIt from Subversion



  • Egit: The GIT eclipse plugin. Still in its early stages but pretty useful already. If you’d rather use another IDE, Idea IntelliJ 8.1 has GIT integration, Netbeans support has just started, and of course there’s always Emacs.
  • GitX: An Max OSX version of the built-in Gitk tool. Same functionality, much better looking.

And finally, the GitHub (awesome !) Guides section contains a lot more information and enough starting points to keep you reading and watching screencasts for hours.

Hopefully this will help get you started with GIT. Please leave a comment when you’ve found other interesting GIT resources.

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Balaji D Loganathan
13 years ago

Hi Age,
Good collection.
Does free and commerical continuous integration servers supports GIT ? Like how Bamboo listens to SVN/CVS ?

Francois Armand
13 years ago

There is a point that make git usable almost anywhere: git-svn support – and it’s really good.
The distant repository is a classic SVN repos, so you have access to all the common svn integration (CI, sventon, etc).
But on local post, you have a real git repos. I think it’s a pretty cool mid-solution : the reference repository is a SVN, but you and your team use git. Everybody is happy, developers who are able to test and braodly refactor local sources with a real source management (and git full project diff is so nice), admins that only have to know svn configuration, managers that can see cool graph and report from CI (and who make so much time to understand turtoiseSVN, you can’t make them learn a new thing), etc.
So : git-svn if for you.

John W Wiegley
13 years ago

I might also mention this 101ish article:

13 years ago

git isn’t written in all caps.

13 years ago

Peepcode has a good GIT Screencast as well.

13 years ago

it is.
all caps is wrong and it’s annoying to look at.

Jeroen van Wilgenburg
13 years ago

Thanks for the links Age!
I thought it was a lot of work to set up repositories etc., but within a few minutes I have everything running. Bye bye SVN! (or is that also with lower case?)


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