How Brett Terpstra Uses Tower for Next-Level Productivity
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2w ago
In the second episode of Tower's Customer Stories, we had the pleasure of chatting with Brett Terpstra. Brett is a Principal Software Developer at Oracle and is known for his prolific blogging at BrettTerpstra.com, as well as being the developer behind Mac applications such as Marked 2. Brett has been using Tower since its inception, so he had a lot to say about our Git client! In this interview, we cover: How his passion for programming started His first contact with version control systems Why he started using Tower and favorite features How his team at Oracle adopted Tower successfully (ev ..read more
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Tower 12 for Mac — Introducing Stacked Branches
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3w ago
Tower 12, currently in Beta, showcases the first features of our ambitious "Tower Workflows" project. This release sets the stage for upcoming updates by incorporating "Branch Dependency" capabilities and the new "Restack" action. Did we say "Restack"? That's right: if you're a fan of Stacked Branches, fasten your seat belt and get ready for an exciting ride! With Tower Workflows, we aim to provide you with the ability to create and customize your own branching workflows. You can use popular branching workflows as a starting point, tweak them, come up with your own unique solution from scratch ..read more
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Understanding the Stacked Pull Requests Workflow
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1M ago
Have you heard of Stacked PRs? They are becoming increasingly popular among teams looking for more efficient ways to deploy code quickly, all without compromising code quality or increasing the workload of code reviewers. In this post, we'll take a closer look at the "Stacked Pull Requests" workflow. We'll explore the clear benefits it offers, discuss who should consider adopting it, and also address some of the challenges that are often associated with this approach. You may be familiar with this well-known tweet that humorously suggests that reviewing 10 lines of code will reveal 10 issues ..read more
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Tower 11 for Mac — Say Goodbye to Commit Chaos!
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2M ago
Tower 11 has arrived for Mac, with Commit Templates stealing the spotlight! With this new feature, you can easily manage and insert your own templates to write better commit messages. Version 11 also marks the beginning of a new era. Why, you ask? Well, scroll down and take a peek at our shiny, new app icon! ? At Tower, one of the big challenges we face is maintaining consistent and informative commit messages in the long term. This becomes particularly challenging as projects grow, both in complexity and team size. We know we're not alone in this struggle; any developer will admit that well-c ..read more
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Inside Quick Actions
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3M ago
Quick Actions is Tower's version of the Command Palette. This feature has received praise from our users since its inception, so we thought it was high time we wrote an article covering everything you can achieve with it (spoiler: it's a lot)! ☺️ We will also share the origin story of this feature and discuss some of the challenges we encountered along the way. If you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer, chances are you are looking for new ways to become as productive as possible – and few improvements are as significant as mastering the keyboard. This is why Command Palettes ar ..read more
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Tower 6.0 for Windows — Branch Comparison
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4M ago
The latest version of Tower for Windows introduces a helpful new feature: the ability to compare branches! Reviewing changes just got a whole lot easier. We also took this opportunity to bring partial stashing to our Git client for Windows and did a number of improvements under the hood. Keep reading to discover all the details about our latest update! 1. Branch Comparison Comparing two branches can be helpful when you want to review all the changes made in a branch. The new "Compare" feature allows you to compare a currently checked out branch with another local branch. This way, you can see ..read more
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More Expressive Commits with Gitmoji ☺️
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5M ago
We've addressed the importance of writing clear, meaningful commit messages numerous times on our blog. It's considered one of the most essential Git best practices as it greatly facilitates the reviewing process of a project's development, both for your team members and your future self. But what if we could improve commit messages even further, making them more expressive (and colorful) for everyone? This is where Gitmoji comes in. Gitmoji is an open-source project that introduces a standardized set of emojis for Git commits. It's quite an interesting approach to writing commit messages, esp ..read more
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How Framer Manages Their Codebase with Tower
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6M ago
In the inaugural episode of a new series, we had the opportunity to interview Jonas Treub and Niels van Hoorn from the Framer team. They shared how Tower helps them effectively manage version control for the Framer codebase, enabling their users to create visually stunning websites. Framer has revolutionized the way teams can collaborate to publish outstanding websites. With its innovative design tools, anyone can effortlessly build a website that wows the audience — no coding knowledge needed! Many members of the Framer team are fans of Tower — including Koen Bok, Framer's CEO, who was kind e ..read more
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CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) Best Practices and Trends
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7M ago
Fun fact: some developers argue that CI and CD are repetitive terms, as CI’s creator included testing and deployment in its definition two decades ago. No matter what terms you prefer, reliable software development is vital for businesses. The CI/CD practice helps developers detect bugs early, reduce manual errors and accelerate software delivery. So, let’s explore some best practices for you to improve your CI/CD practice. In a Nutshell: Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment and Continuous Delivery Large software teams run into problems when one person’s work messes with another’s wit ..read more
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Tower 5.2 for Windows — SSH Signing
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8M ago
SSH support is now available on Windows! Starting today, you can link your SSH keys with your User Profiles and conveniently sign commits (or tags) directly from Tower. ? Initially introduced in Tower for Mac earlier this year, we are now bringing one of your most requested features to Tower for Windows as well. In this post, you will learn about the new features in the 5.2 release and how to set up and use SSH! We rely on SSH to authenticate commits and tags to confirm if they were made by the intended individuals. SSH works seamlessly in Tower, and if you've been using GPG before, you'll fee ..read more
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