SmartGit - Finally a Window git client that doesn't suck
I've struggled a bit to start blogging again after the demise of use.perl.org.
I was so used to it's ways, it's foibles, and the mass of historical posts to refer back to that I've struggled a bit to bring myself to post here.
But having finally gotten past one of my biggest barriers, I find myself motivated to try and push a post through to completion (there was something to be said for use.perl's one-shot approach to posting, at least you couldn't procrastinate and abandon the draft once you started one).
And this momentous event?
The arrival of git as a version control system that I can actually take seriously now.
For years I've struggled with the git'erati and their zealotous ways.
First it was "It's awesome, just use Linux".
Then it was "It's fine, just use cygwin" ignoring the fact it clashes with Strawberry.
Later, this because "It's fine, just use msysgit" when most people on Windows don't like command lines and don't want to use them.
Finally, it's been "Stop trying to think about git like svn, it is a special flower!"
It's always felt like the same wrong argument. That git was so fast and magical and OMG that it didn't matter that it didn't work like people on 80-90% of the world's computers would expect it to, or that it used a whole parallel set of terms, or that it had guis that were both ugly and utterly unusable unless you already knew the command line versions.
No, clearly it was our (my) fault for just not being awesome enough for git.
So it is with great joy that I can report, as the unofficial poster boy of Perl's Windows Git Curmudgeons, that there finally exists a Windows git client that works normally.
It's free for non-commercial use, and relatively cheap for commercial use.
It's a normal desktop program with a normal svn like workflow of Checkout, Edit, Commit.
It comes with github support out the box, so checking out from github and pushing back on commit is as simple as entering a username and password and never touching a command line or generating private keys or any of the other miscellania.
I'm quite sure it's missing some amazing tool for git-pull-clone-bisect-normalise-transport --option --option CB572AC, but that's really completely and utterly irrelevant because now FINALLY someone new to git can open a project, make a simple change and commit it upstream from zero in well under an hour.
So here's to git, the autistic savant of the version control world, which is finally usable by normal people on all major platforms.
And I hereby withdraw any position against using git I may have held in the past.