Training to become a software developer is exciting. It’s a big deal, and once you start, you are entering a space where you will understand the art of programming and its many avenues. When you become a developer, you enter a world of excellent resources, and one of the most significant resources is GitHub. The great news is that Code Institute is now an official GitHub Global Campus Partner, and our students automatically qualify for a gift of resources from GitHub that could be worth as much as circa €50k to them. Want to know more? Read on.
To start, if you’re new to software development, you may not yet be too familiar with GitHub, but from the very early stages of learning to code, you will become very acquainted with this fantastic resource.
What is GitHub?
GitHub is, as they say, themselves, “where the world builds software”. Without exaggerating, more than 73 million developers and over three thousand companies use GitHub every day to maintain their software. It is undoubtedly the biggest and most advanced software development platform in the world.
For its users, GitHub is many things. For some, it’s a code sharing and publishing resource. GitHub is also a networking site where developers can work together, but it is a lot more than this.
GitHub allows programmers to ‘store’ code from a project and safely work on it without changing the code within the original project. In other words, you can develop a site with it, but if you make a mistake, or if what you’re building is just not good enough – it doesn’t make it into the live software until it’s placed into the original source code. This is what developers need for testing.
GitHub hosts a major open source project called Git. Git is an open-source version control system that lets developers manage changes to a software project’s code. Version control is essential as developers work on projects. In addition, because Git is an open-source system, it means that a project’s “entire codebase and history is available on every developer’s computer, which allows for easy branching and merging.”
What does GitHub offer Code Institute students?
While you may not be overly familiar with GitHub right now, you will be soon. As a GitHub Global Campus Partner, a Student Developer Pack that delivers thousands of dollars worth of tools and training is made available to our students to supplement Code Institute students’ learning success.
As a Code Institute student who uses GitHub, you will have access to free subscriptions, credits (and more!) to amazing applications like Canva, Microsoft Azure, Name.com, Datadog, Stripe, and much more. These are all beneficial resources to a software developer – no matter what level they are at. To view a complete list of GitHub’s partners and what’s available, follow this link. (All students receive the offer after submitting their first project.)