Tuesday’s Tip: GitHub

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In one of my past posts, I talked about the great free tool, JS Bin. JS Bin is essentially a free, online, text editor that allows you to immediately see the results of your html and css code.

When you write a piece of code on jsbin, there is an option to ‘archive’ it, so it’s not lost when you close your browser. In order to archive projects, you are prompted to sign in or sign up with GitHub.com.  So, what is GitHub?

First, let’s break it apart.

What is a Git?

According to howtogeek.com, Git is a essentially a software that stores multiple versions of open source (ie, free) code. In technical terms, it is a “version control system,” what’s that mean? When developers are creating something (an application, for example), they are making constant changes to the code and releasing new versions, up to and after the first official (non-beta) release. (source)  Open source code can be manipulated by any online user, so Git is a software that can hold and manage most recent version, or older versions, of a program. Additionally, you can download Git onto your system, so you have access to multiple versions of the code your write.

GitHub

So, GitHub is an online community where users can share and store their coding projects  and connect with others in the tech world. Having a GitHub account will make using JSBin much easier. Join today!

If you are in the Minneapolis area, Girl Develop It (GDI) is actually hosting a class on GIT this Thursday. Click here for more info!

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