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Git Prodigy

Mastering Version Control with Git and GitHub

About the Book

Git Prodigy is your clear, concise guide to mastering Git and GitHub. This book focuses on practical insights, avoiding unnecessary technical jargon so that anyone, regardless of their background or experience, can understand the art of version control in an approachable manner.

The book begins with a firm grounding in version control and Git basics, then moves on to explore GitHub. You'll delve into key Git commands, the ins and outs of commits, branching and merging, and the intricacies of collaboration on GitHub, including forking, pull requests and code reviews.

Git Prodigy highlights the enriching world of open-source contributions, helping you understand the culture and practices that drive this vibrant community. It provides insights into open-source licensing, equipping you with the knowledge to contribute confidently and responsibly.

The journey continues into advanced Git features and hands-on troubleshooting techniques, then wraps up with a handy Git command cheat sheet. Whether you're a beginner, an experienced developer, or an open-source enthusiast, this book delivers the understanding and practical skills you need to master version control with Git and GitHub.

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Ebenezer Don
Ebenezer Don

Ebenezer Don is the Founder of, a learning platform focused on helping developers learn to code and collaborate with one another. With over 10 years of experience in the software industry, he has worked on a variety of projects, from web and mobile applications to data analytics and machine learning.

He is passionate about breaking down complex topics into their simplest forms and has a deep commitment to sharing his knowledge with other developers. Ebenezer has also organised many technical workshops and is a regular speaker at tech conferences and meetups, where he shares his insights on software architecture, web development, and Artificial Intelligence.

In addition to his work with NewDev, Ebenezer is an active contributor to the open-source community, where he has created and maintained several projects. When he's not coding or teaching, you can find him exploring new technologies, writing, or spending time with his family.

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • 1. Introduction to Version Control
      • What is Version Control?
      • Why is Version Control Important?
      • Introduction to Git
      • Other Version Control Systems
      • Installing Git
    • 2. Getting Started with Git - Command Line and GUI
      • Basic Git Commands
      • CLI vs GUI: Understanding the Differences
      • Performing Basic Commands in VSCode
      • Creating Your First Repository and Making Your First Commit
      • Viewing the Commit History and Reverting To A Previous Commit
    • 3. Branching and Merging in Git
      • Understanding Branches
      • Creating and Switching Between Branches
      • Merging Branches
      • Resolving Merge Conflicts
      • Branching and Merging Using VSCode
    • 4. Introduction to GitHub
      • What is GitHub?
      • Creating a GitHub Account
      • Exploring the GitHub Interface
      • Creating Your First GitHub Repository
    • 5. Remote repositories with GitHub
      • Understanding Remote Repositories
      • Connecting Git with GitHub
      • Cloning a GitHub Repository
      • Pushing to and Pulling from GitHub
    • 6. Collaborating on GitHub
      • Understanding Collaborators and Permissions
      • Inviting Collaborators to a Repository
      • Forking a Repository
      • Pull Requests
      • Issues
      • Code Review and Merging on GitHub
    • 7. Best Practices for Git and GitHub
      • Writing Good Commit Messages
      • Managing Branches Effectively
      • Repository Organization and READMEs
      • Things to Keep in Mind when Working with Git and GitHub
    • 8. Licensing and Open Source
      • What is Open Source?
      • Open Source Licensing
      • Best Practices for Contributing to Open Source Projects
      • Conclusion
    • 9. Advanced Git Features
      • Stashing Changes
      • Rebasing and Rewriting History
      • Using Git Hooks
      • Git Blame and Bisect: Tracing Changes and Debugging
    • 10. Troubleshooting Common Git and GitHub Issues
      • Detached HEAD State
      • Authentication Issues
      • Recovering Lost Commits
    • 11. Conclusion and Next Steps
      • Reflecting on Git and GitHub Concepts
      • Further Resources and Learning Paths
    • Appendix A: Git Command Cheat Sheet
    • Appendix B: Glossary of Git and GitHub Terms

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