Basic steeps of how to work with Git & GitHub

When you start learning to code in paralel you need to learn how to use some basic tools like Git & GitHub. In this article, I’ll give you some hints how to get starting with these tools. If you read the article until the end I’ll get you up and running with the basics. There’s a lot of informations to learn if you want to use Git and GitHub in a professional way, of course but with this article you can get just an introductory!

Let’s get started!

1. Starting with Git

What is Git?

Git is a version control system (VCS). It is used for tracking changes to files and coordinating changes between multiple people and allow a developer or dev team to work together on a project.

Git allows you to:

  • revert files back to a previous state
  • revert the entire project back to a previous state
  • review changes made over time
  • see who last modified
  • who introduced an issue and when, and more.

Using Git also means that if you screw things up or lose files, you can generally recover easily. In addition, you get all this for very little overhead.

To use git you need to install it in your system. It’s not complicated:

If you are in Windows just go to the Git website and download the official build wich is available and the download will start automatically.

If you are in Mac the easiest way is probably to install the Xcode Command Line Tools. On Mavericks (10.9) or above you can do this simply by trying to run git from the Terminal the very first time.

$ git --version

Basic Git commands

  • git config - Configure Git with your credentials in a single or globaly
  • git init - Initialization of your repository
  • git status - The status of the repository
  • git add - Adding files to the repository
  • git commit - Commit changes in repository
  • git push - Upload files in remote repository
  • git pull - Pull changes made in repository

2. Preparing repository in GitHub

GitHub is a code hosting platform for version control and collaboration. It lets you and others work together on projects from anywhere.

Create a repository

You create repository to host a project. Repositories can contain folders and files, images, videos, spreadsheets, and data sets – anything your project needs. Also you can include a README file, with information and description about your project.

  1. Click click+ in the upper right corner, and then select New repository
  2. Enter the name you want for your project
  3. Add a description, it is not required
  4. Choose between private and public, for most cases like this we use public repository
  5. Add a readme file but if not you can add it later if you want
  6. Add .gitignore file. It is used to ignore all kind of file you don’t want to be included in your repo
  7. Add a licence. You can add it later if you want

Create repository

3. Starting a project

How to setup your Git identity?

Before committing changes to a project, you need to set up for the first-time. Using Git Bash or Terminal, enter the following after replacing and using the format demonstrated below.

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global [email protected]

Let’s create a sample project with cmd commands.

To create a new project folder, we’ll use the make directory command mkdir followed by a name, which in this case is SampleProject. The full command to create a directory is.

  • mkdir SampleProject

After creating the new directory, navigate into it by using.

  • cd SampleProject

For file tracking, we need to initialize a repository. A repo contains the necessary metadata to track our project and appears as a single folder named .git.

Folders or files that start with a period are designated as hidden in the operating system, and may only be visible by changing preferences, using the command line, or viewing in a special program like an IDE.

To initialize our project as a Git repo, enter git init.

  • git init

We’ll use touch command to update or create a file if it doesn’t exist. Try out the command touch index.html file.css file.js to generate project files and ls to see the result.

  • touch index.html

Before applying any changes to Git, you first maybe need to check the status. It’s an optional step, but sometimes useful for making sure reality matches what’s in your head.

  • git status

When you add files with Git, you’re preparing to record or stage the changes. Although you could add a single file, usually it’s best to stage all changes with the following command.

  • git add index.html Add single file
  • git add . add all files

Rechecking the status with git status is optional, but will show you what changes has been made.

After staging your changes, you can save them by committing. You add a message to the commit, so you know what changes occurred. Make sure to provide a concise description by adding meaningful messages that helps your teammates (and yourself) understand what happened.

  • git commit -m "First commit"

Starting Project

  • code . Open project with VS Code and put some html code.
<!DOCTYPE html>

     <title>My Web Page </title>

     <p>Welcome this is a paragraph.</p>
     <p> I have add the html code in this page.</p>

  • git commit -m "Second commit" Second commit

  • Now you need to connect your local repo with github repository. git remote add origin user is your github name and repo is the name of your repository.
  • Add git push -u origin master to push your project in github repository

You can refresh the browser in github and you’ll see the folder with the index.html file in the github repository

Congratulations! You have used Git to tranfer files in an online repository in GitHub.

Written on April 30, 2019