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Git Is the New Black

Thursday Jul 28th 2011 by Cynthia Harvey

Linus Torvalds' Git version control system is becoming more popular in application development circles.

Industry watchers are noticing that growing numbers of developers – particularly those who are young and those who work on open source projects – are choosing to use Git for source code version control. In fact, while the 2009 Eclipse Community Survey found that just 2 percent of the open source developers surveyed used Git, that number increased to 13 percent this year. "It appears to have taken the world by a storm," said IDC analyst Al Hilwa. "Of late, it sure appears that Git is being used more than its competitors for open source projects."

Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond added, "There's a joke on our team: Show me a developer under 24 and I'll show you a Git user."

Still, Git has a long way to go to catch Subversion, which was used by a majority of developers in the Eclipse survey.

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