Get Started with Git

Get Started with Git

In this tutorial, we'll start from zero and build your knowledge step-by-step about how to use Git effectively. We'll start with the basics of creating a repository and making commits, and move on to branching, merging, resolving conflicts, and generally moving commits around. Next, we'll cover the most popular options for hosting repositories online (GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket), and how to interact with other peoples' Git repos on those websites.

Then we'll start getting into more advanced topics. You'll learn about rebase, and its awesome power to travel through time and re-write the history of your project. You'll also learn how to wield that power with restraint and recover from your mistakes, so that you can use it safely and confidently. Once you've learned how to rebase, you'll be able to split and combine commits, fix up poorly-written commit messages, remove passwords from your history before they were ever mistakenly committed, or even make it look like you wrote perfect code the first time.

You'll also learn how to be more productive with Git by integrating it into your everyday development tools, like your text editor and your shell. (Being able to constantly see what branch you're working on is a huge help!) You'll also learn how to streamline your workflow by using Git's event hooks to run arbitrary scripts for you, and how to take advantage of the integrations provided by your online host of choice.

Presented at PyCon 2016: https://us.pycon.org/2016/schedule/presentation/1620/

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David Baumgold

May 28, 2016
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