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  • Install and configure Mercurial, the Mercurial-server extension, and TortoiseHg
  • Place local files under version control to track their changes, display history, and revert changes
  • Display detailed information about repositories, search through revisions, and customize printed command outputs
  • Collaborate with others, diverge using clones or branches, merge and solve conflicts, and set up ad-hock or centralized servers
  • Learn Agile practices such as collective ownership or continuous integration through simple SCM practices
  • Set up a web interface to the repositories, find out at what revision a bug started, select which changes to commit, work with mutable changes (patches), and convert to and from Git or other VCS
  • Set up hooks to mark a repository as deprecated (read-only), enforce a single-head policy, or to check a user's identity complies with a given policy
  • Undo operations, ignore local files, keep local (or remote) changes forcibly during a merge, and display version control information in your prompt

A version control system provides a central repository to effectively coordinate and collaborate the work of a software development team. Mercurial is one of the most powerful and portable distributed version control systems currently available and is also fully free software. Most importantly, it provides a smooth transition for developers knowing CVS or Subversion's command set.

Instant Mercurial Distributed SCM Essentials How-to will help you in exploring the basics as well as some of Mercurial’s most advanced features, such as extensions, hooks, conflict resolution, and so on through a comprehensive set of recipes. It quickly takes you through the process of creating a simple centralized software configuration workflow and continuous integration practice. If you are a software developer already familiar to version control but new to the Mercurial open source distributed VCS, this book is a great place to start.

Instant Mercurial Distributed SCM Essentials How-to begins with taking you through the tool installation and configuration and the most standard version control tasks, either for working locally or with a team through a series of easy-to-perform practical recipes.

Furthermore, this book will help you understand several tasks related to configuration management such as branching, merging, or solving conflicts and advanced tool usage; how to set up a web interface, to find when a bug was introduced, to enforce rules, to work with patches, or to set up a bidirectional gateway to another VCS.

Using a practical format of easy-to-perform recipes, Instant Mercurial SCM Essentials How-to leverages the simplicity and power of Mercurial to help you be more efficient and productive.

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Learn version control quickly using Mercurial basics and advanced features
  • Set up and work with the Mercurial server for collaborative software development
  • Practise a centralized workflow and continuous integration
  • Customize Mercurial with advanced commands, hooks, and extensions
Page Count 64
Course Length 1 hours 55 minutes
ISBN 9781782169925
Date Of Publication 24 Apr 2013


Christophe Muller

Christophe Muller has been working in the software industry for more than two decades. He is currently responsible for the software development tools at Wyplay, a software development company specializing in TV-centric software, where he is in charge of setting up tools and common software practices for more than 80 developers transitioning to Scrum. He started working at Simulog on several ESPRIT research projects with a queuing network language and a performance evaluation environment. He then worked in the smart card industry on the design of an object-oriented framework for using smart cards as well as a next generation Java OS for smart-card-like devices. As a member of the Gemplus Research Lab, he published several articles and, as a speaker, participated in conferences on smart cards such as the Gemplus Developer Conference, CardTech/SecurTech, Cartes, and JavaOne. He has always been passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience through training, setting up knowledge-sharing tools, and supporting teams. He has given courses in queuing networks and performance evaluation, the Tcl/Tk language and toolkit, shell scripting, Unix tools, such as Emacs, GNU Make, and Awk, and version control tools, such as RCS, CVS, Subversion, and Mercurial. He graduated as a computer science engineer from ENSERB (École Nationale d'Électroniqueet de Radioélectricité de Bordeaux), France, he has a DEA (five-year degree after high-school graduation) in AI for Manufacturing Systems from the GRAI Laboratory in Bordeaux, and he has a Master's degree in Software Engineering from CERICS. He is married and has two children. He currently lives in the south of France.