In this post I present the development model that I’ve introduced for all of my projects (both at work and private) about a year ago, and which has turned out to be very successful. I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while now, but I’ve never really found the time to do so thoroughly, until now. I won’t talk about any of the projects’ details, merely about the branching strategy and release management.

If you’re fighting Git’s defaults, ask why.

Treat public history as immutable, atomic, and easy to follow. Treat private history as disposable and malleable.

The intended workflow is:

1. Create a private branch off a public branch. 2. Regularly commit your work to this private branch. 3. Once your code is perfect, clean up its history. 4. Merge the cleaned-up branch back into the public branch.

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