127: With Tobias Günther

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This week we were joined by Tobias Günther. Tobias is the founder and CEO of Fournova, the makers of Tower – the most powerful Git client for Mac. We take a deep dive into Git and version control.

We talked about (roughly in order):

Q & A:

  • 16:06 I have never used git before as a web developer/designer. Can you explain in more detail about how git works?
  • 21:12 When you make a commit in a VCS like Git or Subversion, should the commit message be in the past, present or future tense?
  • 24:44 I am part of a very small team prototyping a new app. We are familiar with GitHub, but the enterprise-company we’re working for requires us to work in Subversion (SVN). How would you recommend we attack the SVN dilemma?
  • 32:32 We have a linux-based server where some of our clients’ websites are hosted. Someone thought of the idea of moving the entire website-folder into a Dropbox-folder thus keeping all the websites constantly backed up to the cloud, and at the same time using the Dropbox built-in version history to easily revert back to older versions of images/files or whatever when needed. Any ideas about pros/cons regarding performance and so on?
  • 40:06 What license – if any – do you guys use for open source software?
  • 45:10 I recently wrote and open-sourced a “framework” of sorts which deploys WordPress projects via Git/GitHub using Capistrano and WP-CLI. Here’s the link.
  • 52:00 Have you tried using Git as a project management tool? Would you recommend it?
  • 57:05 Do you know of an ebook, online resource, or online course directed at Git newbies?


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  • I run git on the command line (plus I use a Windows machine, so I couldn’t use Tower anyway), and git bash’s default way of handling conflicts is very hard. Though you can assign an alias (http://githowto.com/aliases) to `git mergetool` to open another application to handle the merge. I use DiffMerge (https://sourcegear.com/diffmerge/) and it is fantastic! Easy to use and makes handling conflicts so much easier.

  • Tony Garcia

    pretty surprised you guys haven’t heard of SourceTree (by Atlassian). Would’ve been nice to ask Tobias reasons he thinks it’s worth to pay for Tower when SourceTree is such a fantastic GUI tool and it’s free!

  • Daniel Douglas

    Haha is it just me or have you guys been really pushing Media Temple since the ‘hacker special’ episode.

  • KevMmm

    Regarding the question about project management and GitHub repos. We use and love https://huboard.com/

    • rauhryan

      Thanks for the shout out @KevMmm:disqus.

      Founder of HuBoard here. If interested, I’d could come on the show and talk about using GitHub as a project management tool.

  • For a discussion on licenses and other digital legality concerns, you should consider interviewing Gabe Levine, Mule Design’s lawyer. He also co-hosts the “Running From the Law” podcast from Mule Radio Syndicate ( http://www.muleradio.net/rftl/ ). I think your listeners will greatly benefit from such an interview.