Understanding GitHub

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If you continue your quest with coder school in becoming great at programming you’ll keep running into something called GitHub. But What is GitHub?

GitHub is a lot of things but more than anything, it’s a coder's best friend. You may have heard it referred to as a social networking site for developers/programmers or a code sharing and publishing service but it’s so much more than just that.

Git is an open source project that was started by Linux creator Linus Torvalds. It’s a version control system that manages and stores revisions of projects. While everyone uses it for code, it can be used for your Word Documents as well.

The most important feature on GitHub is called “forking” which means copying a repository from one user to another. This opens up the possibility to make changes to a project you don’t have access to and modify it. You can then submit a “pull request” to the original owner. That user can then merge the changes found in your repo with the original.

Why is this important to anyone in coder school? Because you’ll be working with GitHub more than just about any other tool out there. It saves lots of time and makes things way more efficient.

Check out this helpful video for more information.