Awesome Visual Tool For Working With GIT or HG

When I switched my primary version control from SubVersion to GIT (actually, I switched to HG first but later moved to GIT when it seemed that is where most people I know went) I learned it using just the shell prompt (typing git status, etc.).  It gets really tricky really quickly and I would find myself spending lots of time looking at logs trying to figure out what to do.

My friend Ward Bell mentioned he had found a tool that he thought stood out above the rest called SmartGit/HG from syntevo .  Ward, never having steered me wrong before (well, maybe once, but let’s not talk about that) gave me inspiration to try the tool.  I did, I love it, and for the past year or so it has just gotten better and better with every release. 

Let me give you an example of the kind of thing I love about it.  I just create a new repository and did a few commits to the master branch.  Now, I want to create my own dev branch so I can continue to work and let others be stable.  So, I’m looking at my branch screen and this is what I see:


What’s really awesome is not only can I checkout from the top of my repository, but it is visually showing me my previous revisions and is going to let me just checkout a branch from any of those.  This means, it’s trivial to go back a version, make some changes, then go back on my development branch.

This is just awesome (and the tip of the iceberg of features)

About Peter Kellner

Peter is a software professional specializing in mobile and web technologies. He has also been a Microsoft MVP since 2007. In addition, he’s a multi-course video author at Pluralsight. To read more about Peter Kellner and his experience click here. For information about how Peter Kellner might be able to help you with your project click here.

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