A plumber's guide to Git
Alex Chan | Friday 14:30 | Room J
Git is a key part of many modern development workflows. It's incredibly powerful, but its complexity and idiosyncratic user interface means we often treat it as a magic black box. How does it actually work?
When we understand our tools, we become more confident and effective users. In this workshop, we'll take a low-level look at how Git works under the hood.
We'll use Git plumbing commands to reproduce a typical Git workflow (
branch, and so on) -- and peer inside the
.git directory to see what's really going on. Along the way, we'll answer questions like:
- Where does Git store information? And how?
- What really happens when you run
- What's behind a branch?
Familiarity with basic Git will be helpful.
You'll need your own laptop, with Git and a text editor installed. We'll be using Git on the command line, not in a GUI.
I'll write some notes to accompany the exercises. I'll try to post a link for download before the day, but if not, I'll have printed copies and a memory stick.