On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:13 AM, Piotr Krukowiecki
<piotr.krukowie...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Just wanted to point to a Dr. Dobb's article from Monday:
> http://www.drdobbs.com/tools/getting-started-with-git-the-fundamental/240160261?pgno=2
> The author does not use the use the word "index" at all. Instead he
> writes in following way:
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> Sorry for not responding to your comments Drew, no time at the moment.

NP. What he writes [in that quote at least] is entirely reasonable. In
fact, oddly enough (as I presume you meant it as a refutation), it can
be seen to support my argument: don't mess with the core code much (if
at all) but fix the documentation. That's all that I've been arguing
since day one. We don't need to make big huge changes in every part of
the Git metaphor set to better explain what is going on to newbies and
casual users. (Aside from the fact that there's a huge body of
existing documentation, tools, and usage patterns that depends on the
currently predominant model.)

I still argue that for a not insignificant group of users--people who
are happy with the current paradigm and therefore aren't making a lot
of noise--the current core metaphor is actually useful despite the
name being more than just a tad bit unfortunate. Alas, for dealing
with some of the advanced usage explanations it can be argued that the
"staging area" metaphor (it implies _completed_ bundles ready to
package into commits and ship--I envision shipping trailers being
filled with _immutable_ boxes and attached to trucks) is actually
harmful, but we can talk about that if there's a need.

-Drew Northup
"As opposed to vegetable or mineral error?"
-John Pescatore, SANS NewsBites Vol. 12 Num. 59
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