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2011-07-22 13:00:00

Version Control by Example

About the book

This book uses practical examples to explain version control with both centralized and decentralized systems.  Topics covered include:

  • Basic version control commands and concepts
  • Introduction to Distributed Version Control Systems (DVCS)
  • Advanced branching workflows
  • Strengths and weaknesses of DVCS vs. centralized tools
  • Best practices
  • How distributed version control works under the hood

Featuring these open source version control tools:

  • Apache Subversion
  • Mercurial
  • Git
  • Veracity





"Version Control by Example may as well be called The Hitchhiker's Guide to Distributed Version Control -- it's a concise and informative compendium that serves as both an introduction and a manual for practical usage of Mercurial, Git, Veracity, and virtually any other version control system."

Alex Papadimoulis
The Daily WTF

"Eric covers multiple tools in lighthearted style that makes a potentially dry subject both amusing and understandable.  If version control is a new tool in your programmers' belt, this book is a great place to start."

Ben Collins-Sussman
Apache Subversion Developer

"Version control is a critical tool in the developer's tool chain.  So it's disappointing to consider just how few developers actually understand their version control system beyond the minimal incantations required merely to survive a day of coding at the office. Thanks to Eric Sink's new book on the topic, this need be the case no longer.

Version Control by Example is organized well, light in tone, yet saturated with practical illustrations of not only how to choose among and use today's most popular free version control tools, but how to do so with efficiency, understanding, and purpose."

C. Michael Pilato
Apache Subversion Developer

"Apache Subversion's rise to popularity opened the floodgates for others to explore new features and designs in version control, the most popular being Distributed Version Control Systems (DVCS). In a balanced way, this book covers the most popular tools today and whether you should choose a DVCS for your development."

Greg Stein
Apache Subversion Developer