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Working on a project with lots of separate Git repos? Create a master repo, add each repo as a submodule, and git submodule foreach git checkout dev. If you’re working on a feature that spans multiple repos, simply use the same branch name for each repo. Can’t believe I didn’t think about this before.

Git endpoint for content in WordPress

A horrid, crazy idea: a Git endpoint for the content in my WordPress install. One step back to the problem I’m trying to solve. More and more, I enjoy writing in Markdown with iA Writer. “Publishing” whatever document I’ve written generally involves hitting the Preview button in iA Writer, and then copy and pasting text […]

Git in my Subversion

Two weeks ago, I discovered magic: it’s possible to initialize a Git repo inside of Subversion (SVN). Since the advent of Github as a leading collaboration platform, I’ve forever been trying to reconcile the Git to SVN workflow. Progress is faster in Git(hub) because it’s a far superior platform for fostering contributions. Seamless pull requests […]

What makes a good commit message

There’s a useful conversation happening in an internal Automattic P2 I thought I’d take the liberty to share. From Mike: Consider the audience when you write a commit message. What is that audience? It’s at least two groups of people: Your coworkers: You’re telling everyone else what you did. Commit messages are one to many, […]

Using Github has changed, and continues to change, my development practices, by making me think more about audience and reuse (notions that are familiar to teachers of writing), encouraging the “release early and often” mantra (since all my stuff is public anyway more or less as soon as I write it), and orienting me toward collaboration by default, rather than solo coding. All these changes are highly laudable, leading to better product, and making my work more fun.

Boone Gorges — Musings on Git and Github.

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Daniel Bachhuber

Proud father and husband. Principal, @handbuiltco. Maintainer, @wpcli. Sales, @rtcamp.