Tweet The popular code-hosting website GitHub is a great resource for people looking to develop software in an open, collaborative environment. GitHub provides a way for other people to download, use, and ultimately contribute to your project, and gives you the added security of knowing that a copy of your project is stored on GitHub's external servers, so you won't lose all your work if your local machine fails. Despite everything that GitHub has to offer, it's not the easiest resource for newcomers to come to grips with.
Verify your e-mail from the confirmation e-mail you receive. Configure the GitHub Client This is almost as easy as signing up.
Open the client for the first time, authenticate, and configure the user name and e-mail for your commits. You can keep your e-mail private using username users. GitHub took care of a few things behind the scenes, including setting up an SSH key and adding it to your account.
You can see these on your account settings page. You might have a repository with a smorgasbord of your favorite functionsanother for one specific functionand one for a module. When you get more involved and collaborate with others, sticking to more targeted repositories will simplify things.
These use markdownwhich sacrifices flexibility for a simple to use syntax.
We chose the MIT license. I base my licensing decisions on the fact that I grew up near Boston. GitHub makes choosing a license incredibly straightforward.
Microsoft employees might not contribute to a GPL project. Some folks might not be able to use your code if you have no license: Now we can do stuff. Commit and Push Make some changes. Add a file, change a file, remove a file, do whatever comes to mind. I can browse through the specific files, and the GitHub client will highlight new lines in green, removed lines in red.
We need to push our changes up to GitHub. If I made changes on another computer or on GitHub. I can now continue making changes, commit, push, repeat. Get Involved GitHub is all about collaboration.
How can you get involved? Did you find a bug in a project on GitHub? Do you have a feature suggestion? Open an issue for the project. Browsing around GitHub, you might notice that most projects have an issues page!
Work on a Project Start small. Consider minor bug fixes, documentation, and other minor changes to start; you want to build a relationship and trust with whomever maintains a project. Jumping in with a complete overhaul might not be the most tactful way to do this.
Fork a Project Forking a project basically makes a copy that you can work on, separate from the project you fork. Once I fork the project, I can follow the previous notes on cloning, committing, and pushing.
These will all affect my own fork of the project.Projects that use Git are stored publicly in GitHub and GitHub Pages, so in a very generalized way, Git is what you do locally on your own computer and GitHub is .
Forking a project basically makes a copy that you can work on, separate from the project you fork. I’ll fork a project from my real GitHub account, and clone it down to my PC to start working on it: Once I fork the project, I can follow the previous notes on cloning, committing, and pushing.
These will all affect my own fork of the project. Join GitHub today. GitHub is home to over 28 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together.
Project boards on GitHub help you organize and prioritize your work. You can create project boards for specific feature work, comprehensive roadmaps, or even release checklists. With project boards, you have the flexibility to create customized workflows that suit your needs.
GitHub is designed around a particular collaboration workflow, centered on Pull Requests. This flow works whether you’re collaborating with a tightly-knit team in a single shared repository, or a globally-distributed company or network of strangers contributing to a project through dozens of forks.
The Mono project is a great thing to follow. It is a very large project, but it is awesome! This allows people in environments outside Windows the ability to program in C#.
I was able to program in C# on my Mac for some of my classes.