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Introduction to Version Control


Learn how to use version control to save and share your projects with others.

Learn how to use version control to save and share your projects with others.


3 weeks

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated December 21, 2023

Skills you'll learn:
Git • Unix shell

No experience required

Course Lessons

Lesson 1

What is Version Control

Version control is an incredibly important part of a professional programmer's life. In this lesson, you'll learn about the benefits of version control and install the version control tool Git!

Lesson 2

Create a Git Repo

Now that you've learned the benefits of Version Control and gotten Git installed, it's time you learn how to create a repository.

Lesson 3

Commits, Tags, Conflicts

Knowing how to review an existing Git repository's history of commits is extremely important. You'll learn how to do just that in this lesson.

Lesson 4

Remotes and Developer Repos

In this lesson, you'll learn how to fork another developer's project. Collaborating with other developers can be a tricky process, so you'll learn how to contribute to a public project.

Lesson 5

Writing READMEs for Repos

Learn the importance of well documented code and see how to craft meaningful READMEs.

Lesson 6 • Project

Project: Post Your Work on GitHub

Use your local git repository and your GitHub repository. Fork a repository, work on files, stage files and commit them to GitHub. You will also demonstrate how to hide files using .gitignore files.

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Richard Kalehoff


Richard is a Course Developer with a passion for teaching. He has a degree in computer science, and first worked for a nonprofit doing everything from front end web development, to backend programming, to database and server management.

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