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PyLadies Monthly Meeting - Git/Github

This month, we will be covering git and Github. Topics to be covered:

- how to clone a project

- how to work with multiple branches

- best practices for commits

- pushing/pulling

I will be leading us all on a live git tutorial adventure! To facilitate this, there's the tiniest bit of prework. If you face trouble, pop a note here on the board, or shoot Jennifer and I an email at boston @

Preface: GitHub and Git are two different things. Also, folks don't usually capitalize Git. Keep that in mind as you proceed!

Step 1: Set up a free GitHub account at

Step 2: Download git

• Windows-

• Mac-

• Linux-

Step 3: Install git!

• Windows- Open that installer. GitHub has some pretty colorful instructions for this at: (Do NOT click the big green download Github button at the top.) Under Download and Install Git, click "Not sure what to pick on each screen?"

• Mac- Open that installer. Git won't add an icon to your dock, it's not that sort of application.

• Linux- You're good. Git won't add an icon anywhere, it's not that sort of application.

Step 4: Set up git!

Everyone- GitHub has provided some good instructions for us at: (Do NOT click the big red or green download Github button at the top.) Pick your operating system at the top, scroll down to "Set Up Git" and follow the instructions on the remainder of the page. You can skip the SSH part they mention in the last tip. But if you want to do it, go ahead, we'll be here to help.

Postface: Setup is most important step. I will allot 30 minutes at the beginning of the presentation for setup. If you are already set up you will be able to help people who aren't and get some valuable pizza networking in. :)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ladies - There's this great free tutorial for more git/github learning:

    Check it out!

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Margaret S.

    Here's the presentation! Make sure to look at the presenter notes that house all of the commands! Feel free to post questions here or email Jennifer and I at boston @

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Bekah M.

    Gonna have to miss tonight after all. See you all next month.

    April 17, 2014

  • Maria J.

    I'm going to be a tad late, but will pre-install GitHub.. hope it's ok!

    April 17, 2014

    • Jennifer K.

      No problem! There will be a couple of us going around and helping people as needed :)

      April 17, 2014

  • Ngiap K.

    By keeping email private will it make using Github and Git more complicated?

    April 17, 2014

  • EmilyK

    I went through the setup and it seems to be working - looking forward to Thursday

    1 · April 14, 2014

    • EmilyK

      Though after trying to play around with this a bit, I'm really happy that there is 30 minutes to work out the kinks.

      April 16, 2014

  • Margaret S.

    Hey everyone, I've updated the meetup description with instructions for installing git. If you have a chance, do this before the meetup! If you don't have time, that's okay too. :-)

    1 · April 14, 2014

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