There are many ways to track and manage a collection of things, from a simple file in your Documents folder or an open source database lovingly handcrafted from SQL to desktop applications or even spreadsheets. But there's nothing better than finding a tool that's been developed by someone with the same passion for a specific kind of collection. This is what Kavita is. It's a self-hosted, web-based collection manager built specifically for manga, comics, and books. It's not really limited to items like these, and you can create a collection out of anything, but text-based graphical items will be able to take advantage of integrated bookmarks, browser-based reading, and the search functionality, plus the image thumbnails used to view a collection will look more uniform.

The project has been built with the Angular framework using the Angular CLI. Angular itself is an interesting project, originally developed by Google to enable good-looking and complex web applications to be built with relative ease. Kavita includes a Linux installer to handle all these dependencies, and many people run the server within Docker. Whichever way you choose, it's easy to get set up. The web UI requires that you create a user account and you can then start your own library by importing your own titles. Kavita can consume manga as CBR, CBZ, ZIP/RAR, 7-Zip, and raw image files, and books as either EPub or PDF. You can view and read your titles from the web interface, create bookmarks, and continue a title from where you left off, even from a new session or different computer. You can rate items, add them to lists and categories, and obviously search across titles and collections for phrases you might be looking for. It works especially well on a tablet  – where you can use the web interface just like an e-reader, only accessible from anywhere on your network  – and leaves you wanting to start such a collection when you might not otherwise have considered it.

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Kavita is designed to manage and collate your book and manga collection while also letting you read them from the same web interface.

Git client


Git starts off easy. You clone repositories, create branches, and push back changes to your shared code without troubling the documentation. It works like you might expect a version control system to work, and most projects can subsist like this, perhaps with a smattering of rebase and cherry picking. But with Git, it's only a matter of time before a fog of war descends over your project, turning your muscle memory commands into increasingly intricate knots that become almost impossible to untangle. It's then that you wish you'd used some kind of smart client to make better sense of it all. This is what lazygit attempts to be. Lazygit runs from, and takes over, your terminal, filling the area with five or six different panes. When first launched, it gamely asks you to watch a YouTube video explaining its features before presenting the latest release notes.

Despite all these panels, lazygit is easy to understand if you've used Git for some time. On the left, five panes show the current file and commit status, including modified files, a list of recent commit messages, and whether there are any stashed files (files from other branches stored for later retrieval). You can navigate between each pane with the tab key and through each separate entry with the cursors or Vim navigation keys. Selecting a file will update the right side of the view to show both the unstaged and staged changes for a file, with a diff viewing showing what's actually changed. This is one of the clearest interfaces we've seen for looking at the current state of a Git repository, and it gives you an immediate feel for what's being worked on and what has been recently completed. If you've not worked on a repository before, or not worked on a repository for some time, this overview helps you quickly get back up to speed.

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One of the best things about the lazygit Git client, other than its name, is that it will perform an interactive rebase of your code repository.

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