Chapter 2

In the Beginning There Were Just Files

Everyone has been there at some point: that moment when you think “Oh no! Where is the original version of that file?!” Whether the client decided, “Actually, I don't like those changes I asked you to make—it was better the way it was,” or you made that assumption yourself, sometimes new functionality you're working on just doesn't work out. If you're just working with plain old files, the time to re-create those original files could take just as long as the new work took. Surely there's a better way to get around such problems? Don't worry; it's time to meet your new best friend, version control. ...

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