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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Simplified GIT usage guide
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Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de> wrote:

> > +I don't really know what I'm doing with GIT either.
>
> Strike the "either".

The whole point of the introduction is that this is aimed at someone who
doesn't know what they're doing, so IMO the "either" is quite correct here.

> > +===============
> > +OVERVIEW OF GIT
> > +===============
>
> Your overview seems to be what "Git from the bottom up" is all about (see
> the Git Wiki for more information where to find it).

The problem is I need to describe some terminology, and the best way to do
that is with some pictures. I was wondering if I should break this out into a
separate document and simplify what I keep.

In my opinion, it's much easier to deal with if you can visualise how it
works, even if that visualisation isn't a true representation of reality,
which references Miklos's points.

> From my experience with new users, this is exactly the wrong way to go
> about it. You don't introduce object types of the Git database before
> telling the users what the heck they are good for. And most users do not
> need to bother with tree objects either, anyway. So maybe you just tell
> them what the heck the object types are good for, without even teaching
> them the object types at all.

Perhaps. The main thing I want to introduce is the idea of a tree with three
levels, as it were: commits, directories, files.

> So I think that your document might do a good job scaring people away from
> Git. But I do not believe that your document, especially in the tone it
> is written, does a good job of helping Git newbies.

Hmmm. So what would you suggest is a good way to write for GIT newbies? Is
it just that the overview should be canned or drastically simplified?

David


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