Over the last decade, Git has fast become an integral part of most developers daily routine. Fork this and merge that, you know the drill. There are many strategies for using Git to develop software, and at HouseTrip we follow a simple feature-branch model. All new changes are committed in separate feature branches, and then pull-requested to be merged into master, or an integration branch for larger features. This workflow works very well, and that is in large part due to the awesomeness of GitHub.
To avoid name clashes and to better be able to identify branches, we follow a
branch naming strategy along the lines of
This can often result in a lot of typing when changing branches.
I usually work on multiple features at a time, some awaiting sign-off, others needing review etc. Therefore I usually have somewhere around 10 branches checked out locally, and being able to switch between them fast allows me to work faster.
Alias commonly used branches
One simple trick I use is to add to alias integration and staging branches for
easier access when running Git commands. E.g. I have the following in my
This allows me to quickly interface with the integration branch in the vein of:
This very simple trick has saved me a lot of typing. I know, and use, git branch completion with ZSH, but given our large team and number of branches, it is way too slow when I want to move fast. I sounds a bit anal, but waiting seconds before switching a branch is really annoying.
Useful Git aliases
Git aliases is another great way to speed up your day to day work. I won’t bore
you with all my aliases,
but rather explain the ones I use the most. The following aliases goes into your
~/.gitconfig under the
Enhanced git log
This alias produces a slimmed down and decorated version of the git log:
Commit all changed files
This is one of my most used commands. It adds all changed files and opens my editor (Vim) showing the diff. This allows me to quickly scan the changes, write a commit message and save, hereby committing the changes.
Fast git status
This bash function prints the git status when no arguments are supplied, otherwise it runs the git command as usual.
I hope these tips can help in your day-to-day work and speed up your git usage. Thanks for stopping by. To keep updated with new posts, add my RSS feed to your reader of choice.