Mercurial: The Definitive Guide

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  • Author: Bryan O’Sullivan
  • Format: online HTML
  • Price: free ($39.99 for paperback version)

This instructive book takes you step by step through ways to track, merge, and manage both open source and commercial software projects with Mercurial, using Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and other systems. Mercurial is the easiest system to learn when it comes to distributed revision control, ideal whether you’re a lone programmer working on a small project, or part of a huge team dealing with thousands of files. This book offers concrete suggestions to get you started.

Chapters include:

  • How did we get here?
  • A tour of Mercurial: the basics
  • A tour of Mercurial: merging work
  • Behind the scenes
  • Mercurial in daily use
  • Collaborating with other people
  • File names and pattern matching
  • Managing releases and branchy development
  • Finding and fixing mistakes
  • Handling repository events with hooks
  • Customizing the output of Mercurial
  • Managing change with Mercurial Queues
  • Advanced uses of Mercurial Queues
  • Adding functionality with extensions
  • Migrating to Mercurial
  • Mercurial Queues reference
  • Installing Mercurial from source

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