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Using GitFlow

by Kevin Jones

In this course, we cover GitFlow - a set of rules for using git that provide structure around source control. We talk about the branching model that GitFlow promotes as well as using feature branches and pull requests to provide collaboration between developers.

What you'll learn

GitFlow is a set of rules that gives users of Git a set of "best practices" to use when using Git. The set rules govern how to setup Git branches, which branches to have, when to create feature branches, when and what to tag, and when to merge and to which branch. The idea being that with a set of rules to follow using any source control system becomes easier. GitFlow doesn't add anything new to established workflows such as the "feature branch workflow." What it does, though, is to give specific roles to different branches and defines how and when they should interact. The workflow uses feature branches as well as individual branches for preparing, maintaining, and recording releases. You also get the benefits of the feature branch workflow such as pull requests and more efficient collaboration.

About the author

A long time ago in a university far, far away Kevin fell in love with programming. Initially on the university's DEC20 computer doing BASIC and Pascal and a little bit of Fortran. His first job had him writing batch PL/1 on an IBM mainframe where he also discovered the arcane delights of JCL. He soon realized the multiuser systems were not for him after discovering the delights of dBase IV on IBM PCs. From here it was all downhill as he became addicted to C and the Windows API. Just missing out ... more

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