About This Course

Version control is crucial for successfully managing large development projects as an individual or in a team of developers. While several options exist, Git is by far the most popular distributed version control system available. It's an open source solution created by Linus Torvalds that works well with all major operating systems and IDEs. Because the prevalence of Git makes it a de facto industry standard, it's a relevant skill for any developer.

The Getting Started with Git course will introduce the basic concepts and commands needed to use Git for version control on a project.While some development experience is certainly helpful, none is required to begin using Git.

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This is a one-day hands-on course.

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  • Install and setup Git.
  • Create and clone repositories.
  • Create and merge branches.
  • Push changes to a remote repository.


While some development experience is certainly helpful, none is required to begin using Git.

Course Outline


  • What is Version Control?
  • Why Git?
  • Terminology
  • Installing Git

Repository Basics

  • Creating a New Repository
  • Cloning an Existing Repository
  • Tracked and Untracked Files
  • Staged and Unstaged Files
  • Viewing Status of Files

Git Branching and Merging

  • Utility of Branches
  • Creating a New Branch
  • Viewing Current Branch
  • Switching Branches
  • Merging Branches
  • Resolving Merge Conflicts

Remote Repositories

  • Distributed Workflows
  • Pushing to a Remote Repository
  • Using GitHub


  • Using GUI Clients
  • Finding Documentation
  • Getting Help from the Community


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Instructors Who Teach This Course



Elias Carlston has 20 years’ experience as a software engineer, from lean startups to large enterprises. Having great mentors early on showed Elias the value of sharing knowledge, and he enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to give back to the community through teaching. Beginning his career as a data analyst for a large non-profit clinic, he soon became a full stack developer. First, at ... read more



Eve has been focused on web and curriculum development since college, where she studied user interface design and usability. Since then, she has consulted as a project manager and coder to deliver interactive web applications, from e-Learning portals to mobile apps.

Well-versed in HTML5, CSS3 and other front-end technologies, Eve has lent her interface and training skills to the redesign of ... read more



Craig recently released the book, The JavaScript Framework Guide: AngularJS, Backbone, and Ember. Craig has been a guest on the Hanselminutes and JavaScript Jabber podcasts. He’s an avid blogger, and several of his articles have been published in Peter Cooper’s poplular “JavaScript Weekly” newsletter. He also has his own podcast, “The Front-End Developer’s Cast”.

Craig has been a developer f... read more



Will attended MIT for a B.S. in CS and an MEng in Machine Learning with his Master’s thesis on self-learning classification optimization systems. He has co-founded and ran three startups in various industries, including: home media server software, machine learning analytics for the pharmaceutical industry, and advertising network for the rideshare industry.

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Eric is a professional trainer and software developer who loves learning new things, sharing what he learns, and helping clients to solve business problems. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Virginia Military Institute, and numerous software certifications to include the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification.

Eric has extensive experience providing customized trai... read more

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