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Git, Version Control and You

A talk by Jeff Byrnes

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March 1, 2012 2:00 PM

Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge MA

Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge MA

When it comes to keeping track of how a file has changed from one iteration to the next, we turn to a variety of methods, many of which can fall short. Keeping multiple copies of the same file ("final FINAL", anyone?), using backup tools like Time Machine, or even trusting to memory or handwritten notes. This can make tracking down a troublesome update to a file difficult at best, and impossible at worst.

Thankfully, there are a number of version control systems out there. Most notable today is one called Git, and it is a very lightweight, simple-to-use, and fast version control system, primarily aimed at text and text-like files, which makes it great for programmers, writers, and anyone who generates lots of text.

Jeff will introduce you to a number of core topics surrounding version control, and Git, as well as step through the most basic setup and commands for a Git repository.

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