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Intro to Git & Github

  • Apr 23, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Ever make changes that broke your code and forgot how it was working before? Want to work together with someone on a code project, but aren't sure who has the latest version of a particular file? Version control can solve these and other problems!

Git is a popular version control application that can track your code changes, as well as help you to be more methodical in your programming. Win-win! This session will introduce the basics of version control, how to use git to keep track of your changes to a project, and using GitHub (a hosting service) to collaborate with other developers. 

You will learn:

• the basic concepts of version control 

• the differences between git and other version control applications

• fundamental git commands to track changes to a small project

• the basics of collaborating on code with other developers 

•  how to use GitHub 

Want to try Git for yourself? Github has a 15-minute tutorial you can go through on your own here.

About the teacher:

Mick Wilson has worked as a software engineer for several companies in the area and currently works for Mind Over Machines in Owings Mills, MD. His former hobbies include soccer, reading, and hiking, but he spends most of his time these days chasing his 20-month old son around the playgrounds in Fells Point.


This class will not use actual code when committing to a GitHub repository, so no need to worry about knowing a particular programming language. A willingness to use the command line to execute commands is necessary. We will be changing directory, listing directory contents, and using git from command line throughout the class.  During class we will be setting up your GitHub account and configuring git on your machine so there is no need to install it beforehand. 

Please bring/install the following on your computer prior to class: 

• Your laptop and charger. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.  If you need a laptop to use in class, please contact us!  Code in the Schools has a few laptops they are generous enough to let us borrow if needed, but we must arrange this ahead of time. 

Space and food/drinks for this class are being generously provided by our sponsor, Mind Over Machines.  

Refund Policy: Your payment guarantees your seat in the course. If something changes after registration and you cannot attend the course, your seat is yours to sell or give to someone else - just please let us know who!  As a rule we don't offer refunds or credits;  Instead your class fee will go toward our chapter fund which we will use to establish a scholarship fund going forward.   That said, please do reach out and let us know if you have extenuating circumstances.

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  • Miles P.

    I'm sorry but a family situation has come up and I can't make it tonight. Can my RSVP go toward the next git class?

    April 23, 2014

    • Misty M.

      We're unable to email you. states the email address they have for you returns as undeliverable.

      April 28, 2014

    • Miles P.

      I'm sorry, I similarly didn't receive any notice that you responded. My email is [masked]

      April 30, 2014

  • Misty O.

    This was awesome! Learned a lot and had a blast!

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Misty M.

    Sorry you ladies can't make it tomorrow night! If we have demand for it, we'll definitely repeat this at some point in the future!

    April 22, 2014

  • Gretchen L.

    I third that! I can't go tomorrow, but this is a class I really want to attend!

    April 22, 2014

  • Rinn

    I am also interested in another session! I am not able to make the one tomorrow.

    April 22, 2014

  • Becca

    I hope you can host another class on Git! Would love to attend but not free Wednesday nights.

    March 18, 2014

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