Jon LoeligerMatthew J. McCullough

5 Helpful Features of Git 1.8.0

Date: This event took place live on December 07 2012

Presented by: Jon Loeliger, Matthew J. McCullough

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

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Join us for a hands-on webcast presented by Matthew McCullough and Jon Loeliger, authors of Version Control with Git, 2nd Edition, as they take you through some highlights of the last year and a half of Git features all the way up to changes in the recently released version 1.8.0.

We'll begin with the signed tag merging security-focused changes that affect the Linux development team's use of Git. We'll continue on in the security space with the advancements in HTTP credential prompting and credential caching, including the new Windows, Mac and Linux platform specific storage implementations.


  • Signed tag merging
  • Signed tags
  • Merging of those signed tags
  • HTTP credential cache
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux

From there, we'll look at both the narrowing and widening improvements Git has received in the clone of a single branch and limited depth retrieval. From there, we'll dig into the always-helpful but often-seen-as-complex Git Submodules and some of the options switches and modes that make working with Submodules in Git 1.8.0 easier than ever.

Repository Scale

  • git clone --single-branch
  • Don't retrieve the entire repo
  • Writable
  • git clone --depth 1
  • Immutable
  • Easy for quick inspection

Repository Composition

  • Submodule behavior changes
  • git clone --recurse-submodules
  • git fetch --recurse-submodules
  • git pull --recurse-submodules
  • git push --recurse-submodules=check
  • git submodule update --force
  • git submodule sync

We'll wrap up with an author Q&A on any new features and behaviors of Git. Don't miss this informative webcast.

About Jon Loeliger

Jon Loeliger is a freelance software engineer who contributes to Open Source projects such as Linux, U-Boot, and Git. He has given tutorial presentations on Git at many conferences including Linux World, and has written several papers on Git for Linux Magazine.

In prior lives, Jon has spent a number of years developing highly optimizing compilers, router protocols, Linux porting, and the occasional game. Jon holds degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University. In his spare time, he is a home winemaker.

About Matthew McCullough

Matthew McCullough, Vice President of Training for, is an energetic 15- year veteran of enterprise software development, a world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of a US consultancy. All of these activities provide him avenues of sharing success stories of leveraging Git and GitHub. Matthew is a contributing author to the Gradle and Jenkins O'Reilly books and creator of the Git Master Class series for O'Reilly. Matthew regularly speaks on the No Fluff Just Stuff conference tour, is the author of the DZone Git RefCard, and is president of the Denver Open Source Users Group.