If you are creating PowerShell scripts, tools or modules today, you are most likely using Git. What? You’re not? Is it because you haven’t gotten around to installing it? I have some “quick and dirty” PowerShell hacks to help you out on Windows systems. Linux boys and girls already know what to do.
So I’ve been sharing a number of PowerShell tools I’ve created for working with Git, including a few for getting tips from the Git Tips project on GitHub. My initial work was based on the fact that I had a local clone of that repository and wanted to search the local tips.json file. But I realized some of you may not want to clone the repository or be able to keep it up to date. Since the json file is available online and PowerShell has tools for grabbing Internet content, I decided to provide a version that combines the functionality of my earlier commands with the ease of searching online.
Recently I published a PowerShell function that I use to display a random Git Tip of the Day. The function relies on my clone of the Git-Tips project on GitHub. I’ve been keeping tabs on this project and a question was posed about creating a command line utility to search the tip list. Now, this project is most likely aimed at developers, at least based on what I’ve seen in the list of questions and issues. But for PowerShell people, this is a pretty simple thing to pull together.
As part of my process of learning an using Git I am trying to get in the habit of using meaningful commit messages. Sure, you can get by with a single line comment which is fine when running git log –oneline. But you can use a multi-line commit message. However, this requires a little planning which is probably not a bad thing. Because my Git projects are PowerShell related and I most often and in the PowerShell ISE I came up with a little trick that works for me.
This year I’ve really taken to learning Git and how to incorporate it into my daily work routine. If nothing else this has been a great reminder about what it is like to learn something totally new and foreign. I’ve learned quite a bit, but am far from considering myself a master. Git is a big topic so I’m always looking for new ways to learn and use it. Continue reading