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This instructive book takes you step by step through ways to track, merge, and manage both open source and commercial software projects with Mercurial, using Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and other systems. Mercurial is the easiest system to learn when it comes to distributed revision control. And it's a very flexible tool that's ideal whether you're a lone programmer ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by O'Reilly Media (first published June 16th 2009)
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Jeff Patterson
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a fine book but meant for use at the command line. I use TortoiseHG and I can use the command line, although I never do.
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Reggie
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Mercurial rocks. So many things I've wanted to do with version control for years and now it's all possible. If you're using Subversion or anything like it I highly recommend switching if it at all possible. We actually use Kiln, which is just Mercurial with a nice web interface and integration into Fogbugz.

This book is a decent reference, though I still find I need to use other sources too at times.

Senthil Kumaran
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a comprehensive book about hg, which states it's design goals upfront and leads you step by step with the various usage commands. The contents and chapters of the book is very well organized. It takes the reader from the ground up on why hg works in a certain way and tries to help the reader understand it's simple design and so that they can work with the system, extend it and derive maximum benefits. This helped me to understand my current worflow too. :)
Jyri-Matti Lähteenmäki
A bit of a disappointment. Covers all the basic stuff and then focuses on patches. I would have liked to know some advanced tips and tricks and poweruser features or something... Well, since it seems to be the only book ever written on Mercurial (What!?!) it's worth a read.
Glenn Burnside
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good introduction to Mercurial for source control, which I'm finding to be simpler than Git, but sufficiently powerful for my and my team's needs. Read this book, then get yourself an account on bitbucket.org.
Brent
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Great introduction to Mercurial.
Daniel Galassi
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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Having used Centralised version control systems for over a decade, this book was a pretty good introduction to Distributed VC in general and Mercurial in particular.
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