Tips For Getting Started with GitHub

When planning your developer career, you’ll need the essentials to get started. High up on that list of essentials is a good text editor. Most machines come with a standard-issue text editor. For example, Microsoft’s Notepad. However, these are often not the optimum choice for a developer. They do work fine, but a specific text editor for a web developer will have the added advantage of being code-specific. It will allow a developer to programme more quickly. Here are some tips for getting started with GitHub, which offers one of the best text editors available.


What is GitHub?

GitHub is a web-based hosting service for developers. It allows you to create and develop software using the Git system. Luckily for beginners, GitHub offers both free and paid (premium) options. It’s one of the more widely used web-based hosting services by developers and definitely worth trying out. It also offers a great text editor in the form of Atom.

Why should I use GitHub?

Aside from being free to use in its basic form, GitHub is code-specific. This means it helps developers shortcut common tasks to get a programme developed more quickly. Atom is a text editor that GitHub offers and it’s the latest in developer technology. It takes on board all of the downfalls from more dated text editors and allows you to focus purely on your code. It really is the text editor that beginners can use.

GitHub Tips

Once you go ahead and try out GitHub, it may be a little confusing in the beginning. Learning to use a text editor is no mean feat but with perseverance, you can get used to it pretty quickly.

  • Installing a package: Selecting your tools in the beginning can be a challenge in itself. Luckily, Atom uses ‘packages’, which allow you to install plugins for tools that you may find you need along the way.
  • Using a package: Once your package is installed, you can go ahead and use it. Most of what you need to do can be done through the settings button on the top-left column, where you’ll have access to all the tools in your package.
  • Remember shortcuts: Another great thing about GitHub, and Atom, is that shortcuts are incorporated into the software. For example, pressing “command + shift + p” brings up a list of everything you can do with your current package configuration.

For more tips, check out ReadWrite’s introduction to GitHub. If you want to get to grips with coding and development basics before taking the plunge, the try Code Insitute’s free 5 Day Coding Challenge. Register now through the form below. On this challenge, you will learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. After an hour a day, over five days, you’ll have built your first web page. Our challenge will also let you sample what it is like to learn online.

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