Chapter 19. Third-party tools and Git

The only Git tools that you’ve used so far have been the command-line and GUI tools that come with the standard distribution of Git. Let’s consider these the Git native tools. In this chapter, you’ll explore two third-party tools that can serve as supplements or even replacements for these native Git tools. These are Atlassian’s SourceTree and the Git integration that comes with the Eclipse IDE.

I selected these two tools based on my familiarity but also their cost: both tools are free. SourceTree’s singular focus on Git makes it similar to GitHub for Windows and Tower for Mac. Eclipse is popular, and its functionality is representative of other IDEs such as IntelliJ IDEA and NetBeans.

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