A Beginner’s Guide to Git and GitHub

Having a GitHub account is important for modern software and web developers. In short, it is like Google Drive for your code projects, but in truth, it is much, much more than that. It provides a centralized platform for showcasing skills and projects, collaborating with others, managing code changes, learning from others, and finding job opportunities. But in order to learn what it is, you’ll first need an introduction to “git”, the program you use in order to interact with the platform.

What is “git”?

Git is a free and open-source version control system designed to help software developers manage and track changes to their code over time. It was created by Linus Torvalds in 2005 and has since become one of the most popular version control systems in use today.

Git allows developers to track changes to their code, collaborate with others, and maintain a history of all the changes made to a project. It works by creating a repository that stores all the code and its history, and developers can use Git commands to make changes, commit them, and push those changes to a central repository where other team members can access them.

One of the key benefits of Git is its ability to handle branching and merging. This allows developers to work on different features or versions of a project in parallel and then merge them back together once they are complete. Git also has a robust set of tools for resolving conflicts that may arise when merging changes from multiple sources.

Git is an essential tool for modern software development, providing developers with a reliable and efficient way to manage code and collaborate with others.

What is GitHub?

GitHub is a web-based platform that provides hosting for software development projects using the Git version control system. It was launched in 2008 and has since become one of the largest and most popular web-based Git repositories.

It allows developers to store their code in repositories, collaborate with other developers, and track changes to their code over time. It provides a web-based interface that makes it easy to manage repositories, review code changes, and manage issues and bugs.

GitHub also has a large community of developers who share their code and collaborate on open-source projects. Developers can use GitHub to find and contribute to open-source projects, as well as showcase their own projects to potential employers or collaborators.

In addition to hosting Git repositories, the site also provides a range of tools and features to support the development process, including continuous integration and deployment, project management tools, and code review and collaboration tools.

GitHub is a powerful platform that has become an essential tool for modern software development, providing developers with a centralized and collaborative space to manage their code and projects.

Why software developers need a GitHub account

There are several reasons why it is important for a developer to have a GitHub account today.

Showcasing skills and projects

GitHub provides a platform for developers to showcase their skills and projects. By hosting code on GitHub, developers can demonstrate their coding abilities to potential employers or collaborators, and share their work with the wider developer community. Take a look at my profile page below!

A screenshot of a GitHub profile belonging to GilKlein

Collaborating with others

GitHub is a collaborative platform that allows developers to work with others on the same codebase. This makes it easier to manage code changes and resolve conflicts and allows for more efficient collaboration on projects.

Version control

GitHub provides version control functionality through Git, which allows developers to track changes to their code over time. This makes it easier to manage code changes, roll back changes if necessary, and maintain a history of all changes made to a project.

Learning from others

GitHub has a large community of developers who share their code and collaborate on open-source projects. This provides an opportunity for developers to learn from others, discover new coding techniques, and contribute to open-source projects.

Job opportunities

Many employers use GitHub to find potential hires and assess their coding skills. By having a GitHub account, developers can showcase their skills and projects, making them more visible to potential employers.

Want to learn more about web development?

If you want to learn more about web development, I suggest you check out my blog. I write at least once a month about something software development related. If you have any questions for me, you can ask me directly by clicking here.

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Gil Joseph Klein is a web developer and software engineer with over 13 years of experience building websites, developing application user interfaces, and using data science in business analysis. He is also a film score composer with credits on IMDB and is passionate about music.