GitHub is a web-based Internet hosting service used solely for programming codes. It makes available access control and features for every coding project.
GitHub has almost 20 million users and 57 million origin source codes and is recorded to be the largest host for source codes in the world. It can also be considered a social platform that has completely changed the traditional work environment and views.
Started as a collective platform for developers, it is now the largest online storage space for code collaboration in the world. Whether you’re planning on participating or researching, this is a massive file dump that can incorporate you.
What Git and Hub Represents In Github
Knowing what Git and Hub stand for will go a long way in expanding your understanding of the platform in order for you to get started with whatever project you have in mind.
Git: is the version controller. In terms of an app for instance, being released in versions. Git stores up information for all modifications made to any version, other developers in a team can view/download them and make their contributions.
Asides from providing a better way to store codes before compilation, Git allows developers collaborate, store file changes, ensure integrity, download/make changes, and upload revisions.
Hub: While Git is the control system, it is still a command-line tool, and the center where Git works is the Hub.
Having explained this, we would outline the steps to use GitHub below
How to Use GitHub
If you are new to Git, you need to know how to start making changes to a code base, opening up a pull request (PR), and merging code into the master branch.
- Create your local repository: This is a dump where all your codes will be dropped.
- Add a new file to your repo: Done using any text editor
- Now you can then add file(s) to the staging environment: The staging environment is the space where you tell GitHub what files to save to your commit
- Create a commit: A commit is a collection of changes made on a project. A change is only added to the commit if sent to the staging environment first.
- Create a branch: A branch is the testing ground for trials without disrupting the main project
- Then, create a new repository: Essential if you working with a team, otherwise not necessary.
- Send a branch to GitHub: Moves your commit to the new repo for other team members to easily access
- Create a pull request: An alert to the owner of a repo about your intended changes to a file
- Merge a pull request: Will send changes made to the master branch
- Merge changes on GitHub to your computer
- …it’s a success
GitHub works for any kind of file or project, it isn’t solely for programmers. GitHub will ensure efficiency of collaboration for teamwork.