Git on the front line

Git on the front line

In the years spent on the front line managing open source projects and applications developed by distributed teams, I've managed to gather quite a few Git stories from the trenches. In this practically oriented talk, I will share some patterns and practices I have collected while on the front.

Presented at:
- Codemotion 2017, Milan
- WPC 2017, Milan


Nicola Iarocci

November 11, 2017


  1. 1 Git on the front line Nicola Iarocci

  2. 2 Who Am I Nicola Iarocci, a weirdo Python by

    Night I am the author and maintainer of a few Python open source projects:, python-cerberus.organd more. Microsoft MVP MongoDB Master I also happen to be a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies and a MongoDB Master. Communities I run DevRomagna, a developers community, and CoderDojo Ravenna, a coding club for kids. http:/ / C# by Day I am the author of Sofware Gestionali Amica, a line of accounting and invoicing applications for Italian small businesses. Check it out at http:/ /
  3. 3 one size does not fit all git workflows

  4. 4 the main branch where the source code of HEAD

    always reflects a production-ready state origin/master main branch where HEAD always holds the latest delivered development changes, ready for next release origin/develop feature, release and hotfix branches. these always have a limited life time, since they will be removed eventually supporting branches an elegant mental model well suited for packaged software. Not ideal for frequent release cycles such as those we have in modern web development summary Git Flow a successful git branching model http:/ /
  5. 5 the main branch where the source code of HEAD

    always reflects a production-ready state origin/master to work on something new, create a descriptively named branch off of master branch feature branch when you need feedback or help, or you think the branch is ready for merging, open a pull request pull request & review a lightweight, branch-based workflow that supports teams and projects where deployments are made regularly summary GitHub Flow widely adopted by the open source community http:/ /
  6. 6 Streamline your git experience aliases

  7. 7 git status, succinctly $ git st ## work M $ git config —-global ‘status -sb’
  8. 8 show last commit $ git last commit c828339f02f832818f868bbfe457e64bfcc3e64a Author:

    Nicola Iarocci <> Date: Thu Oct 19 10:28:42 2017 +0200 first commit $ git config —-global alias.last ‘log -1 HEAD’
  9. 9 quick branch checkout $ git co mybranch switched to

    branch ‘mybranch’ $ git config —-global ‘checkout’ Hint: git co - works like cd - but between branches (git checkout - works, too)
  10. 10 checkout to a new branch $ git cob newbranch

    switched to a new branch ‘mybranch’ $ git config —-global alias.cob ‘checkout -b’ branch is created on the fly
  11. 11 amend last commit $ git amend <edit commit message>

    $ git config —-global alias.amend ‘commit —-amend’
  12. 12 add staged changes to last commit $ git add

    . $ git fixup $ git config —-global alias.fixup ‘commit —-amend —-noedit’ skip editing the commit message
  13. 13 unstage changes $ git st ## work M

    $ git unstage Unstaged changes after reset: M $ git config —-global alias.unstage ‘reset HEAD’ pass no filename to unstage all, or use wildcard
  14. 14 show staged changes $ git diffc diff —git a/

    b/ index 2fd9bc4..889c3dc 100644 --- a/ +++ b/ @@ -1 +1,2 @@ TITLE +test $ git config —-global alias.diffc ‘diff —-cached’
  15. 15 undo last commit and keep changes $ git r1

    Unstaged changes after reset: M $ git config —-global alias.r1 ‘reset HEAD^’ changes are left unstaged
  16. 16 undo last commit, discard changes $ git rh1 HEAD

    is now at c828339 first commit $ git config —-global alias.rh1 ‘reset -—hard HEAD^’ use with caution
  17. 17 add all changes including untracked, and commit with message

    $ git cm “my commit message” [mybranch ea88184] my commit message 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-) !git add -A && git commit -m
  18. 18 add all changes excluding untracked, then commit as WIP

    $ git wip [mybranch ea88184] WIP 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-) !git add -u && git commit -m WIP
  19. 19 add all changes including untracked, then commit as SAVEPOINT

    $ git save [mybranch ea88184] SAVEPOINT 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-) !git add -A && git commit -m SAVEPOINT
  20. 20 resume work after WIP or SAVEPOINT $ git undo

    Unstaged files after reset: M $ git config —-global alias.undo ‘reset HEAD^ —-mixed’ functionally identical to ‘r1’ but makes more sense semantically
  21. 21 add changes to commit, then wipe that commit $

    git wipe HEAD is now at 8da9860 my commit message $ git reflog 8da9860 HEAD@{0}: reset: moving to HEAD~1 4998619 HEAD@{1}: commit: WIPE SAVEPOINT $ git reset —hard 4998619 HEAD is now at 4998619 WIPE SAVEPOINT !git add -A && git commit -qm 'WIPE SAVEPOINT' && git reset HEAD~1 --hard now working dir is clean, but I can still go back if need arises (via reflog)
  22. 22 hierarchical, git-powered grep $ git g “event hooks” CHANGES

    1077:- [new] pre_<method> and ``pre_<method>_<resource>`` event hooks are now docs/features.rst 1216:Database event hooks 1219:Database event hooks work like request event hooks $ git config —-global alias.g ‘grep --break --heading --line-number’ faster than standard grep
  23. 23 show a tree with all branches $ git tree

    * bbde45f (HEAD -> expand_cerberus_registries) WIP * 3a25ea7 (origin/master, master) Merge branch ‘use_ordereddict_from_backport_collections_#1070’ |\ | * 9fb1a66 Changelog for #1070 | * fa8da19 use OrderedDict from backport_collections |/ * cee2f7e Merge branch 'support_for_decimal_type_#1048' |\ | * 46af495 Minor changelog fixes for #1048 | * 3bf1930 Support Decimal type MongoDB |/ !git log --graph --decorate --all --oneline which brings us to the next topic…
  24. 24 push/unpush current branch to remote $ git publish $

    git unpublish In .gitconfig: branch-name = "!git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD" publish = "!git push -u origin $(git branch-name)" unpublish = "!git push origin :$(git branch-name)" and set it to track upstream branch
  25. 25 delete branches already merged to master $ git delete-merged-branches

    Deleted branch add_new_user_gravatar_links Deleted branch assign_unique_key_to_uploads Deleted branch remember_the_last_activity_per_user Deleted branch update_kaminari_to_thread_safe_version “!git branch —-merged master | grep -v '\\*' | xargs -n 1 git branch -d"
  26. 26 shortcut to .config file $ git ec <hack away

    at your .config file> $ git config —-global ‘config —global —e’
  27. 27 get my dotfiles https:/ /

  28. 28 keep your history clean and consistent rebase Demo a

    documentation project
  29. 29 reuse recorded resolutions to solve hunk conflicts rerere $

    git config —-global rerere.enabled true https:/ /
  30. 30 shows all non-common commits in two branches (@antirez) rx

  31. 31 Aliases Streamline your workflow. Don’t Repeat Yourself. Consider sharing

    with team. Rebase Keep project history clean, compact and consistent. Not as hard as you thought. Keep Learning Study more advanced git features. Consider building your own scripts. Pick a Workflow Don’t be afraid to customize it just to suit your use case, project, and team. You Are a Craftsman sharpen your tools
  32. 32 @nicolaiarocci Thank You! Send feedback or get

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