Foreword

Having first used CVS as a source version control more than a decade ago, I remember how easy it was to make the transition to using Subversion, which I thought was all I needed in a source version control tool. Then came Git, Bazaar, and Mercurial, the new kids on the block. I looked at them briefly, but initially, I couldn't see what advantage they could really have for me as a programmer over Subversion, as I was working mostly on my own projects. However, it became more and more evident that to facilitate collaboration, I would have to become much more familiar with these new tools. Very soon it seemed, Git became the first choice and I started using it in earnest. I remember feeling that the tutorials I read seemed needlessly complicated, ...

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