Learn Git and GitHub for Web Development: Repositories, Committing Changes, Branching, Merging, and Collaboration

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Git, GitHub, & GitHub Desktop for beginners" by Coder Coder
TLDR The video teaches how to use Git and GitHub for web development, including creating repositories, committing changes, ignoring files, branching, merging, and collaborating with teams.

Key insights

  • 📈
    Using Git as a version control system can help developers track changes to their code and record different versions of their files at different points in time, making their coding life much easier.
  • 🔗
    GitHub is the most popular place to store your remote repository and is free to use, owned by Microsoft.
  • 🌐
    GitHub is not just a hosting website for Git repositories, but also a platform for collaboration and discovering open source projects.
  • 📝
    GitHub Desktop automatically populates the commit message field with text describing the change, making it easier for beginners to understand.
  • 💻
    Git tracks changes on each line of code, allowing for precise version control and collaboration.
  • 💾
    Git can save your life by allowing you to revert changes in a commit, even if you accidentally delete an important file.
  • 🤝
    Merging branches back into the main branch is a best practice for team collaboration in Git.
  • 💻
    GitHub's pull request feature allows for code changes to be reviewed and approved by team members before being merged into the main branch, preventing mistakes from being added.


  • What is Git and GitHub?

    — Git is a version control software that tracks changes to files, while GitHub is a website where you can host your Git repositories.

  • How do I sign in to my GitHub account on GitHub Desktop?

    — Sign in to your GitHub account on GitHub Desktop by going to File > Options, clicking "Sign in," logging in through your browser, selecting GitHubDesktop when prompted, and setting your Global Git configuration under the "Git" tab in Options.

  • How do I create a Git repository?

    — To create a Git repository, name it without spaces, add a description, choose a local path, and initialize it with a README file.

  • How do I ignore files and folders in GitHub Desktop?

    — In GitHub Desktop, you can ignore files and folders by right-clicking the file and selecting "Ignore file," and adding individual files and folders on separate lines in the gitignore file, or using a wildcard to ignore file types.

  • How do I merge branches in Git?

    — To merge branches in Git, you need to merge the feature branch into the main branch and create a new commit.

Timestamped Summary

  • 👨‍💻
    Learn Git and GitHub, essential tools for web developers that track changes to files and make coding easier.
  • 📁
    Create a Git repository by naming it, adding a description, and initializing it with a README file, while also utilizing Git ignore and License fields, and using GitHub Desktop or VS Code for management.
  • 📝
    Create new file, add to repository, commit changes with concise message, publish to GitHub.
  • 👀
    Exclude files and folders from being tracked in Git by adding them to a .gitignore file, or ignore them in GitHub Desktop by right-clicking and selecting "Ignore file" or using a wildcard in the gitignore file.
  • 💻
    Git tracks changes and allows users to commit and push changes to the main branch, with the ability to view commit history and revert changes.
  • 🌳
    Git branching allows for collaborative code development, learn how to create and work with branches in GitHub Desktop.
  • 📝
    Merge feature branch into main branch in Git for deployment, use pull requests for code review and approval when working on a team in GitHub.
  • 📹
    Learn how to set up project files and create a new Git repo in the Responsive Design for Beginners course.
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