Mercurial: The Definitive Guide (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/7/2
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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. And it's a very flexible tool that's ideal whether you're a lone programmer working on a small project, or part of a huge team dealing with thousands of files.
Mercurial permits a countless variety of development and collaboration methods, and this book offers several concrete suggestions to get you started. This guide will help you:
- Learn the basics of working with a repository, changesets, and revisions
- Merge changes from separate repositories
- Set up Mercurial to work with files on a daily basis, including which ones to track
- Get examples and tools for setting up various workflow models
- Manage a project that's making progress on multiple fronts at once
- Find and fix mistakes by isolating problem sources
- Use hooks to perform actions automatically in response to repository events
- Customize the output of Mercurial
Mercurial: The Definitive Guide maintains a strong focus on simplicity to help you learn Mercurial quickly and thoroughly.
Bryan O'Sullivan is an Irish writer and developer who works with distributed systems, open source software, and programming languages. He wrote the award-winning O'Reilly title Real World Haskell. He has made significant contributions to the popular Mercurial revision control system, and to a number of other open source projects. He lives in San Francisco with his family. Whenever he can, he runs off to climb rocks.
For a project lead or technical manager looking at mercurial for your team, I recommend this book highly. It's also great for a programmer who's in-the-weeds in a project, as the book has dedicated a whole chapter to the extensible and workflow malleability HG allows.
Aside from the errata, this book is relatively readable and useful. If you don't want to read the free version online, then you might find it useful.
One wonders if the author cares. There are several problems with the diagrams and text. I could forgive that if the author bothered to provide an authoritative list of errata that I could use to correct my text. The O'Reilly web site provides a list of "UNCONFIRMED ERRATA" as reported by readers. But the author hasn't even bothered to review those. Neither has he corrected the free (pdf) version. That's a bit frustrating.