Guide for Beginners in Open-Source Development


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If you’re developing Open-Source software, GitHub is an excellent place to store it, collaborate with other developers on it, as well as hosting your own public repositories. If you are just starting out with programming and need some help getting started, then GitHub will be a good place to start.


What is GitHub?

GitHub is an online software development platform used for storing, tracking, and collaborating on software projects. It enables developers to upload their own code files and to collaborate with fellow developers on open-source projects. GitHub also serves as a social networking site in which developers can openly network, collaborate, and pitch their work.

GitHub allows software developers and engineers to create remote, public-facing repositories on the cloud for free. Once you’ve set up a repository on GitHub, you can copy it to your device, add and modify files locally, then “push” your changes back to the repository where your changes are displayed to the public.

What is Version Control?

Version control, also known as source control, is the practice of tracking and managing changes to software code. Version control systems are software tools that help software teams manage changes to source code over time.

Version control is a system that records changes to a file or set of files over time so that you can recall specific versions later. For the examples in this book, you will use software source code as the files being version controlled, though, in reality, you can do this with nearly any type of file on a computer.

How to Use GitHub?

GitHub is one kind of Social networking site (like Facebook,Instagram) for developers to share their code and view other's code. Here You can follow and rate each other's work.

GitHub can also be used as a Portfolio page. It also allows you to receive updates about the different projects which you are interested in and communicate with other members in public or private.

Once you a create GitHub account, you need to create a repository.

Advantages of GitHub

The key advantages of GitHub are as follows:

  • GitHub is the largest code host in the planet with over 11.4 million repositories

  • It Makes It Easy to Contribute to Your Open Source Projects

  • It works well in collaborative environment.

  • Tracks changes from multiple users

  • By using GitHub, you make it easier to get excellent documentation

  • GitHub is the best tool to attract recruiters, when searching for new recruits for their project, most companies look into the GitHub profile

  • GitHub allows multiple developers to work on a single project irrespective of their location

  • It Works especially well with text/Markdown documents

  • It tracks changes in your code across versions

  • GitHub supports all programming languages, and all file types including images, videos, spreadsheets, and text files


If you're a developer, GitHub is essential tools for you. It's the most preferred platform for developers. Once you know the usage of GitHub repository you can go ahead and start using it. It has the best interface to its concepts and is a solid base to work from


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