Git is an extremely powerful and sophisticated system for distributed version control. Apart from offering a novel approach to source code management, Git offers a great deal of features. Sadly, learning how to use Git can be confusing for anyone, not just beginners. As a result, in this roundup, we have collected some of the best resources for learning Git to help you initially get started with Git, and then, eventually mastering it.
Git – The Simple Guide by Roger Dudler
If you are looking for a quick resource to help you get started with Git, this one by Roger Dudler will prove really useful to you. It will help you setup Git as well as give you the ability to experiment with it. Definitely worth checking out!
Git From the Bottom Up by John Wiegley
As the name suggests, Git From the Bottom Up teaches Git from basic to advanced levels. It is available as a PDF file, so you can easily download it and use it as per your convenience.
Git Ready – Learn Git One Commit at a Time by Nick Quaranto
Git Ready is more of a documentation cum blog related to posts and content about Git. It features guides and articles that are classified in various heads on the basis of complexity: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Furthermore, Git Ready also offers links to several useful resources for advanced users.
Git Magic – A Guide to Using Git by Ben Lynn
Git Magic is a rather plain but extremely detailed guide to using Git. Apart from covering the basics, it also discusses features such as cloning and Git over SSH/HTTP in great detail. Plus, it also has a separate section that talks about the limitations and shortcoming of Git. The guide is available in multiple languages, and if you can contribute, feel free to help others by translating the guide into your own language!
Pro Git Ebook by Scott Chacon
The Pro Git eBook covers Git basics as well as advanced topics such as branching and running distributed Git. Furthermore, if you are migrating from another system such as Subversion, this eBook has an entire chapter dedicated to guiding you. While the eBook is free, you can also purchase a print version from Amazon if you so desire.
Git & GitHub Video Tutorial Series by John Dugan
John Dugan’s popular YouTube channel has numerous videos that will teach you how to get the most out of Git as well as how to host your projects remotely on GitHub.
If you are looking for a beginner’s introduction to Git, look no further than this tutorial. It talks about Git, its usefulness and various helpful tips. Even though this tutorial is almost 4 years old, the information it provides is still valuable and relevant.
Git Immersion is a guided tour that teaches you the fundamentals of Git in an interactive manner. Especially helpful if you prefer tutorials that offer a first-hand experience!
Learn Git Branching is an application that helps you learn branching with Git. You can also check out a working demo. Obviously, since this application talks only about Git branching, you will need a basic understanding of Git concepts before using it.
This is a rather unique resource in itself. Unlike other tutorials and articles, this one lets you experiment with Git, all by yourself! You can use the terminal prompt to initialize Git repositories, and as you progress with it, you will be provided with advice, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of it.
And, if all else fails…
This article by LifeHacker offers a step by step guide for using Github and making your first commit. If you are an absolute newbie and wish to get started with Git, this is a good place to start!