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Step-by-Step Training Workbook

Git Going: An Intro to Git Book

Learn to Track Code Changes & Collaborate With Other Developers

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This book comes free with our Git Going: An Intro to Git class

Git can seem mysterious at first, in part because many people use the command line to run Git. In this book we'll demystify Git and explain the typical workflows you'll encounter. We'll cover the most commonly used Git features to get you up and running quickly.

While in-depth explanations can be useful (and there is plenty of Git documentation freely available online), this book focuses on the essential commands you most often use. We don't want to overly complicate things and go over every Git command, so we’ll keep things as simple as possible and focus on giving you just enough commands to get you starting using Git as quickly as possible.

We'll focus on using the terminal commands (which are not as scary as you might think), but once you understand how Git works, you could use a desktop app (or Git integration in some code editors) if you want to use a GUI (graphical user interface) instead of the command line.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
About Git
  • What is Git?
  • Ways to use Git
  • Bash Terminal vs Windows Command Prompt
  • Desktop Git Apps
Section 1
Download & Install Git on Mac & Windows
Git Setup: Your Name & Email
Command Line Basics
Create a Git Repository: git init
Stage & Commit Files: git add, git commit, & git log
Ignore Files with .gitignore
Create a ReadMe File
Create a New Remote Repository (on GitHub & Bitbucket)
Push to a Remote Repository: git push
Pull From a Remote Repository: git pull & git fetch
Clone a Remote Repository: git clone
Branches: List, Create, Switch to, Merge, Push, & Delete
How to Handle Merge Conflicts
Pull Requests
Undo Changes: git checkout, git revert, & git reset
Cherry Picking: git cherry-pick
Stash: git stash
Quick Reference of Git Commands (Common Workflows)
Section 2
Git GUI Apps & Code Editors with Git Integration
Reference Material
Removing GitHub/Bitbucket Passwords from Your Mac or PC
Free Resources for Learning Git

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Examples of What You Learn

  • What Git is and how it works
  • How to track changes in your code using Git
  • Work with other developers to merge your changes with theirs
  • Installing and setting up Git
  • Command line basics
  • Git commands such as commit, push, pull, branch, merge, checkout, and more
  • Work with remote Git repositories on GitHub & Bitbucket
  • Work with branches and merging code changes

Why Our Books Are Unique

Our books are packed with step-by-step exercises that walk you through projects. You’ll learn by doing exercises, not reading long explanations. The goal is to give you hands-on practice with the program, getting you started quickly with the things that are most important for real life work.

Buy the Git Going: An Intro to Git Book

We offer bulk order discounts

This book comes free with our Git Going: An Intro to Git class