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Gittin Down to the Plumbing

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March 27, 2010 10:15 AM



Most of the Ruby community uses Git now, but there is a lot more to Git than just an Version Control System. If you look past the porcelain commands to the plumbing commands of Git, you can use it as a sort of key-value system to store all kinds of data easily with built in cryptographic integrity, compression and incrementally updating distribution mechanisms. This talk will introduce some of the Git plumbing commands that you probably have never heard of that are normally wrapped by the higher level Git commands, and we will show how to use the Ruby-Git library to script interesting functionality with them. You will leave with a better understanding of how Git works and maybe with some ideas of how to use Git for purposes other than a VCS.

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