Byron Buckley

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SourceTree - the tool that gives me fuzzies

Published October 3, 2014

On the SourceTree website, Atlassian makes an audacious claim about their tool; get all the power of Git, without the command line.

Say goodbye to the command line - use the full capability of Git in the SourceTree desktop app. -- SourceTree

I have no intention of trying to validate their claim, instead I want to share two moment's when using SourceTree made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Scenario 1 - Gitflow

The project team decided to use the Gitflow Workflow pattern to manage our repository. Following this decision was a set of instructions for us to install a Gitflow tool at the command line to make things easier for us. As it would turn out, the instructions required Homebrew, so that's two (hassle-free) installs. Just as I was about to start my feature I noticed something I hadn't seen before, despite how many times I've clicked the "Terminal" icon right next to it. Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 12.21.58 AM.png

I suspect I only noticed it because the term "Git Flow" now held meaning for me. Nevertheless SourceTree delighted me as a user with the integration of a tool I never knew I needed.

Scenario 2 - SourceTree Custom Actions

I had asked a colleague how to use multiple git authors on a single workstation, because all my commits to personal projects were showing up as being done by my work account. He pointed me to an article about project specific git authors. This was the exact solution for my problem, however I wanted to be able to toggle authors with one click. At first I thought a shell script would be the best way to achieve this, but then I remembered SourceTree's custom actions in the preferences dialog. After a bit of fiddling I was able to set up shortcut keys that performed this task for me. Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 7.34.21 AM.png

Once again SourceTree gave me the fuzzies with a feature that’s always been there, but whose value I didn't know until I tried it.

Are you using SourceTree? Share your tips and tricks.