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Git Cheat Sheet

Git is a wonderful tool but it isn’t always user friendly nor obvious. For certain tasks, like deleting a remote tag, I find myself turning to Google. It’s not obvious how to delete a remote tag and it’s not easy to remember either. Deleting remote tags is also something that isn’t done frequently. Instead of using Google every time this situation arises I added a “cheat” alias. Before you point out that I could create an alias with an easy to remember name that’s not necessarily true.

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Semantic Versioning and Changelogs

For most of my career I’ve chosen version numbers for software in a moderately arbitrary manner. I would typically have four numbers: major, minor, patch, and build. For some projects the build number would increase every time I compiled. I quickly found that colleagues were scared by the large numbers and I started hiding the build number. My choices for major, minor, and patch were somewhat arbitrary. If it was a big change I’d bump the major number.

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Hibernate Rescue

What do you do if your Linux machine hibernates and it isn’t able to wake up? I’m willing to bet that, at first, you panic and then you turn to Google and that’s probably why you are here.

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Git Difftool

The ability to perform side-by-side comparisons of source code is an absolutely integral tool in software development. While many developers may have developed the skill to happily read diff output directly I have not. I prefer a graphical tool that lets me see a full context and to choose text blocks to include or exclude. It’s very easy to setup this up using git.

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