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Git for Humans by David Demaree

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Chapter 1: Thinking in Versions

IF YOU’VE BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE, you may recall that it was once common for authors to carve their words into stone. Leaving aside the stamina this required, the size, weight, and expense of the material made it somewhat inconvenient for writers to make changes to their work once it was completed. Fixing a typo, let alone clarifying one’s message or making the language flow better, required cutting away sections of stone or finding a different stretch of cave wall to write on. Even on the rare occasion when it was truly necessary to change something, it was hard—physically hard—to hold on to old revisions, making it almost impossible to compare ...

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