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Discussion on: Git - Command line vs GUIs

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Benji Bilheimer

I'd use the analogy of learning photography: you start with a manual analog camera, shooting black & white, and once you've grasped the theory, you upgrade to colour and eventually digital. Those little burn and dodge tools in Photoshop make a lot more sense when you've actually burned or dodged with your hand or a stick in a darkroom.

I used git for years in the command line, and once some nice GUIs came out, it was like a breath of fresh air. Being able to visualise trees, changes, and diffs is a huge boon to many developers I know. But, as with photography, it's important to understand the underlying theory behind each button you press.

Should a knowledgable developer stick to CLI-only git? Not in my opinion. Should you start there? Absolutely.