Getting a New Remote Git Branch–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

I was notified of a new PR at DataSaturdays, and I went to look at the changes. In this case, a lot of styling items in the code, which I can’t quite picture. I also wanted to check the behavior of some sorting changes. How could I do this?

I saw the branch, but I wasn’t sure how to get it locally. For me, I started with Google, which too me to StackOverflow. Here I found an answer.

I have git v2.29, so I could probably have used just the checkout command, but I ended up doing this command:

git fetch

which got me the new branch.

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From here, I did a checkout of this branch, tested the code, and then could approve the PR.

I know I’ve likely had to get a branch before, but I am hoping that writing this post will help me remember.


This is a skill that is handy for working with code, and these days, even infrastructure and management. Git is an important skill, so showcase some things you learned, how, and why, on your blog.

This post took me about 6 minutes to write.

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