The Book

I am currently contracted to write a full-length book for O'Reilly on version control for teams using Git. Below is a rough table of contents for the book.

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Git for Teams

Extended chapter outline.

Part 1. Defining Your WorkFlow

The theory of how you'll be working, but not the actual commands...yet.

Chapter 1. Working in Teams

  • The People on Your Team
  • Thinking Strategies
  • Meeting as a Team

Chapter 2. Project Governance

  • Basic Concepts
  • Centralized vs. Decentralized Development
  • Contributors with Dispersed Repositories
  • Contributors with Collocated Repositories
  • Contributors with Shared Maintenance

Chapter 3. Branching Strategies

  • Choosing and Using Conventions
  • Constant Integration
  • Branch-per-Feature Deployment
  • Scheduled Deployment
  • Updating Branches

Chapter 4. Work Flows that Work

  • Evolving Work Flows
  • Ticket Progression
  • A Basic Team Work Flow
  • Releasing Software According to Schedule
  • Collaborating on Non-Software Projects 52

Part 2. Applying the Commands to Your Workflow

The basic commands you will need to work effectively with your team.

Chapter 5. Teams of One

  • Issue-Based Version Control
  • Creating Local Repositories
  • Working with Branches
  • Adding Changes to a Repository
  • Working with Tags
  • Connecting to Remote Repositories

Chapter 6. Rollbacks, Resets, Reverts, and Rebasing

  • Best Practices
  • Rebasing Step-by-Step
  • An Overview of Locating Lost Work
  • Restoring Files
  • Working with Commits
  • Undoing Shared History
  • Really Removing History

Chapter 7. Teams of More than One

  • Setting Up the Project
  • Setting Up the Developers
  • Participating in Development
  • Sample Workflows

Chapter 8. Ready for Review

  • Types of Reviews
  • Types of Reviewers
  • Establishing the Problem
  • Review the Proposed Changes
  • Apply the Proposed Changes
  • Prepare Your Feedback
  • Submit Your Evaluation
  • Complete the Review

Chapter 9. Finding and Fixing Bugs

  • Using Stash to Work on an Emergency Bug Fix
  • Comparative Studies of Historical Records
  • File Ancestry with Blame
  • Historical Reenactment with Bisect

Part 3. Git Hosting

Where to put your files for collaboration and backups of your local work.

Chapter 10. Open Source Projects on GitHub

  • Getting Started on GitHub
  • Using Public Projects on GitHub
  • Contributing to Projects
  • Running Your Own Project

Chapter 11. Private Team Work on BitBucket

  • Using BitBucket for private projects
  • Creating projects
  • Collaborating on BitBucket (private, branching strategy)

Chapter 12. Self-Hosted Collaboration with GitLab

  • Using Git without a ticketing system
  • Using GitLab
    • Hosted vs. self-hosted
    • Can have the tool inside your firewall without paying enterprise pricing (GitHub's Enterprise; Atlassian's Stash); however, there are more features if you get the subscription to Enterprise

Appendix

All of the etc. chapters.

Appendix A. Installing Git

  • Check to see which version you have installed.
  • Upgrading (OSX, Windows, Linux)
  • Installing (OSX, Windows, Linux)

Appendix B. Configuring Git

  • Identifying Yourself
  • Adding Colour
  • Useful Aliases
  • Sample Configuration File

Appendix C. Demystifying Detached HEADs

A brief analogy which (hopefully) helps to explain what a detached HEAD state is.