Vicente Reyes

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Basic Git Workflow For Beginner Software Developers

Make it a habit to run
git status
before doing anything on a repository. I just learned this today and wanted to write it down to make it stick on my mind - or get familiar with it.
1. To create a new branch
Execute
git branch <name_of_branch>
. A good practice is to name the branch with the focus of your edit.
Ex:
git branch markdown
2. Checkout a branch
Run
git checkout <name_of_branch>
to work on your branch. Make it a habit to do small changes so it's easy to go back if you mess up.
Once done with your changes, you want to add all changes, commit to your changes and push it to your dev repository.
a) Now you run
git status
to see the changes on your repository.
b) Then run
git add <filename>
or you can do
git add -A
to add all the changes instead.
3. Create a commit
Commit your changes by running
git commit -m "Your message"
4. Push to remote
Finally, you push your commit by running
git push
. Git will compain because GitHub doesn't know about your new branch. So run
git push --set-upstream origin <branch_name>
If you want to delete a branch. We would go to the main branch then delete our branch from there.
a) To go to the main branch, run
git checkout <main_branch>
b) Once in the main branch, run
git branch -d <name_of_branch>
This is what I learned in an hour, with an example of the main repository from a mentor.

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