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This post is part of my Today I learned series in which I share all my web development learnings.

Today I learned about an alternative syntax to force push git branches.

git push --force origin feature-a
git push -f origin feature-a
git push origin +feature-a

On one hand, the + saves some characters and somehow feels less scary to me, but on the other hand is force pushing only a single character typo away. That's scary!

Force pushing is dangerous. If you collaborate with others on a project, consider using the --force-with-lease flag instead.

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