Friday, 11 November 2011

Two days ago, I attended the IASA(International Association of Software Architects) meeting in Atlanta ( . The presenter Joseph DeCarlo   spoke about doing iOS development in the enterprise. After the presentation, I got to talking with him about his development experience. We spoke about a variety of topics; like his move from the .Net development to Mac development, and we spent time discussing SCM(Source Control Management) packages - including  TFS(Team Foundation System) and Git. The team he works with is moving away from TFS as they felt that TFS was "too heavy" a process, and they moved to Git to make thier development process  "lighter" (more agile).  I have been trying to get my employer to move toward TFS as a standard (what we are required to use now is an abomination from the software graveyards) - so this was an interesting discussion for me.  It left the impression that the Distributed version control approach, in this case Git, added an agility to a team, that TFS might not have.


Joseph DeCarlo said that he has learned enough about Git to teach it, and do presentations on it. When he first started looking at Git he was not so sure about it, and then he read two books about it, and was sold - to the point that he claims he would not use another source control system.  He said that the impact of using Git on his development experience was as large as going from C++ to .Net ( he worked  for 8 or more years in each of them). The discussion made me want to finally pull the trigger on doing the install of Git on my machine.


I still looked at some more posts on the "Git vs Mercurial" topic(more info gathering) -

 this post  tries to claim that Git is like MacGyver and Mercurial is like James Bond -it  was well written - however is a bit dated now - as Mercurial has added some new functionality (see the comments on the post).

Within this post,  the point is made that the community of developers is more important than the tool - which I agree with, and in my mind decides the tool to some degree- If that is the community that is working on the stuff I am interested in.

And finally a post from someone who used both products for over a year, proficient in both - it speaks about how you approach the "version control hygiene" can impact the entire project in using Git.


I have access to Safari Online, so getting books to read on a topic is great - and I looked up a couple of books on Git. From the book Pro Git - by Scott Chacone,  in the first chapter of the book, he cited the link I had put in my earlier research post on "Git or Mercurial".  The link  from that site to "Install msysgit"went to - which went nowhere for me  --not reachable  - but there on the far left of the page ( are several install (exe) programs - I downloaded and ran the Full install program;  The executable  compiled and setup Git on my machine and the last bit of the install shows commands to create the shortcuts - I created a Start Menu and Desktop shortcut.  So now I have pulled the trigger and can  explore Git on my own.


 The experience of running the install (pretty painless) was far easier to do - than to do the research. I just like to know what it is I am getting into, and have an interest in seeing that there is a value in going in any certain direction before I go there. The discussion with Joseph DeCarlo had given me the push I needed to pull the trigger.


Now I have to learn the basics of how to use it!

After the install the help file is great place to start.




BTW - I Did encounter an interesting interactive Git "cheat sheet"  ; (click in the horizontal bars you find there) - but need to learn the basics first.

 I hope I can carve out the time to learn it, and use it,  at least to some degree - over the next year.

Friday, 11 November 2011 11:30:50 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)