Working with Git branches

Learning by Doing

These operations are not as complex as they may seem from my explanation. Working with Git involves doing the same thing over and over again, and these operations soon become second nature. Learn the ins and outs of git-branch and git-merge, and you will soon learn most of what you need to use Git day by day.

You'll understand, too, why Git was so quickly and widely accepted. Being originally written by Linus Torvalds helped, but the greatest reason for Git's popularity is that it takes the complex task of version control and makes it as simple as possible.


  1. "Command Line – Git Version Control" by Bruce Byfield, Linux Magazine, issue 237, August 2020, pp. 54-57
  2. Git:
  3. git branch:
  4. git merge:
  5. git-big-picture:

The Author

Bruce Byfield is a computer journalist and a freelance writer and editor specializing in free and open source software. In addition to his writing projects, he also teaches live and e-learning courses. In his spare time, Bruce writes about Northwest coast art ( He is also co-founder of Prentice Pieces, a blog about writing and fantasy at

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