A different type of Git book

I thought maybe Planet Ubuntu readers might find this interesting. Former Ubuntu/Edubuntu developer and all-around good guy Pete Savage is writing a book on Git called Git In the Trenches (gitt for short).


Of course there are many books on version control and Git in particular. Stackoverflow has some suggestions. So why do we need another one? Well, as you probably know, different books will appeal to different people just like different distros, desktop environments, web browsers, etc.What is interesting about Pete’s book is the style/method he’s using. Instead of a “just the facts” quick reference or a long tome on version control theory, Pete is using his experience in novel-writing (Emblem Divide) to teach git through realistic scenarios that let people associate knowledge with experience.

In Git In the Trenches Pete takes the reader though the experiences of a group of software developers at a fictional company. Each chapter represents a week at the company and is broken up into “bite size” days. Each chapter includes an “After Hours” section where Pete allows readers who are more interested in the guts of git to dig a bit deeper.

As of now Pete’s up to 8 chapters (weeks) and about 300 pages. I think it is an exciting project and I know he’d appreciate feedback from Ubuntu Planet readers. If you want to have a look, Pete’s got the LaTeX source on github. Enjoy!

Emblem Divide

My good friend Pete Savage (cbx33), who I first met when we were both working on Edubuntu, is an incredibly creative guy. A long time ago he had the crazy idea of writing a sci-fi book. Now, I’ve often had fleeting “wouldn’t it be fun to write a book about …” Well, Pete (with some encouragement from his wonderful wife Lisa) decided last year to actual make his dream happen:

One of the coolest things about Emblem Divide is how Pete decided to distribute the book. He is publishing the entire book online, one chapter at a time. So since the beginning of December 2009 Pete has been releasing a chapter of Emblem Divide every two days. With fifty chapters in all, the book will be fully published next Thursday (March 11th).

If that’s not enough, Pete made the awesome decision to give all the donations he receives from Emblem Divide readers to charity.

So at this point, you might be asking, “but is it worth reading?” Absolutely! I found the book very infective, in fact I had a hard time stopping and have read late into the night on a few occasions. So go check it out, and if you like it consider dropping a little donation off, you won’t regret it.