If you use git, you’re running
git checkout $BRANCH all the time. Everyone likes a fast checkout at the grocery store. How about making your git checkouts fast, too? Since I do it so often, I want it to go as fast as possible, and I bet you do too.
Are you … hot blooded?!
git checkout - (that’s
git checkout followed by a dash) is the bee’s knees. It switches back to the branch you were on previously. If you run it again, you’re toggled back to the first branch. A useful comparison is
cd -, which as you may know takes you back to your most recent directory. Here’s an example:
$ git branch alternate * master $ git checkout alternate $ git branch * alternate master $ git checkout - # Now we're back to master! $ git branch alternate * master
What are your favorite git tips and tricks?