Regardless of what language you're coding in, you need to use some type of version control for any serious project. Personally, I like using the command line to push my code to a git repository (and if you're going to try to argue that your git GUI client is better- please, the command line is faster to use, lighter on your machine, and just gives you the most control). Although I love using git from the shell, I found myself repeatedly doing the same three commands over and over:
Originally, I was just looking for a way to at least combine the add and commit steps into just one command. I learned that you could add a "-a" flag onto the end of commit, but that's not quite the same as add -A. I even started this reddit thread about the subject, and it was from these answers that "git gg" was born.
Ah git. Git is powerfully ferocious utility for version control of the code for a software project, but you must tame the beastly demon of experience by coming to sumbling blocks, getting through them, and documenting how you did it. So, let's do it...
This is a great little tip for any software developer, regardless of your programming language of choice. It's these subtle things that can raise you up regular programmer to coding superstar. When sending URLs that link to files on github you may want to reference a specific line number or block of code. The people receiving your code snippets will appreciate these nice highlights, and (subconsciously or not) they'll be thinking, "damn, he's good".
If you have multiple accounts on Github (or whatever git repository host you use) then it can be a little confusing knowing which user you are committing as and how to switch to a different user. In this post I'll show you an easy way to switch between users from the command line.
I personal like the control you have when using git from the command line, and a nice thing to be able to do is see the changes I've made (duh hehe). I really didn't know the proper name for this so I am calling it the "git commit lifecycle", but basically these are shell scripts you can run to see your changes before you add the changes, after you add them but before committing, and after committing. Enjoy!
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