Git has become our industry’s version control gold standard for good reason: it’s a powerful tool that facilitates collaboration. Yet, as with any powerful tool, the flexibility it affords comes with the price of complexity which, coupled with the abstract nature of the problems it aims to solve, often seems daunting to beginners.
This session will equip you with the knowledge necessary to start contributing to software projects confidently by first exploring the whats and whys before getting into the hows. Some of the topics we’ll cover include:
- What common problems does Git solve, and how does it solve them?
You’ll come away understanding why to use Git.
- How do I get started using Git?
You’ll learn about setting up your profile information, which editor to use, and other basic preferences.
- How do Git’s basic tools work?
We’ll explore the most commonly-used Git commands, such as: clone, add, commit, fetch, pull, push, checkout, merge, and branch.
- What common mistakes should I avoid when contributing to a Git repository?
We’ll go over how to explore common pitfalls, and some good habits that will help make your contributions to a software project even more effective.
- What now…?
You’ll not only walk away with a solid foundation, but also a handful of intermediate or advanced concepts you should explore next, along with a list of resources to learn more.
If you’re new to Git or have minimal experience with it, this session is for you.