Developer Automation Tools Bootcamp

Learning about development tools and automation

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Introduction to Git

This is a quick introduction to Git. Get code. Edit code. Check in code. Push Code.

Great overview of Git from Atlassian

This does *not* cover branching.
If you know the above stuff then hop on over to the fancy stuff in Git, like workflows users can adopt when using Git. You can look at two - Fork + Pull Request and Git Flow on the Git Workflows section. Pick the right one for your project and start coding.

Benefits of Git

  • "Offline" Support
  • Only checking in some of your edited files
  • .gitignore
  • Use in Open Source Software projects
  • Multiple client options - check out SourceTree. It is free!
  • GitHub Bonus: Gists (think pastebin)
  • GitHub repo browser plugin for Chrome called Octotree
  • Subjectively: Git makes me happy compared to other version control systems
  • Tip: What's going on with my repo right now?
    git status

Checkout a Git repository

If you want to edit some code or build it locally, you are going to need to check it out from the source. That source is a URI that can look like or

The git protocol will run over ssh and use a key based authorization when communicating to the server. The HTTP(S) connection to a Git repo is valid and can pass a username/password for authorization to achieve the same functionality as the git/ssh protocol uses. The HTTP connection is a great backup when a firewall is blocking ssh connections. GitHub project URL

Make a new Git repository

Edit your files

Now that you have your repo checked out, feel free to edit your files with your favorite text editor. That's it. No second checkout/making writeable like with Perforce. Just start working without Git being in your way.

You've edited your files so let's look at what has been edited.
git status
git status from the command line
Or you're using a GUI based tool.
git status from SourceTree

Add files for check in

And now we're ready to git add the changes so they can be checked in.
* That green dot in the image, that's just because my command prompt (oh-my-zsh + a random theme do that). Your mileage may vary.*
git add and status from the command line
This is what the staged files look like in a GUI.
git staged files in SourceTree

Checking in your edited files

All the prep work is done. You're ready to make your edit real and commit to it.
git commit -m "My commit message for my change"

Push it real good.

So you're done!
Lana Kane saying 'Nope'
Why not? Git is a Distributed Version Control System. Your committed changes aren't also someone else's changes until you git push them back to the origin.

Pull it over

You're not coding on an island. Along with pushing your changes up to the origin, you need to git pull changes from origin that are being added to your project.

Or you can look at what changes you're missing from origin by running git fetch
Far Side - 'School For the Gifted' joke


We are going to complete the following actions

  1. Fork (make your own writeable copy of) the Automation Tools Bootcamp GitHub repo in to your GitHub account.
  2. Using the Command Line Interface (CLI) or a GUI like SourceTree check out your version of the repo to your machine.  (We will be using it the rest of the day)
  3. Add your name to the Project Participants section of the file in the repo.
  4. Now add and commit your change of the and push the change up to your Github account.
  5. Optional: Create a GitHub "Pull Request" to merge your change in to the main GitHub project's file.