Introducing GitHub

Book description

If you’re new to GitHub, this concise book shows you just what you need to get started and no more. It’s perfect for project and product managers, stakeholders, and other team members who want to collaborate on a development project—whether it’s to review and comment on work in progress or to contribute specific changes. It’s also great for developers just learning GitHub.

GitHub has rapidly become the default platform for software development, but it’s also ideal for other text-based documents, from contracts to screenplays. This hands-on book shows you how to use GitHub’s web interface to view projects and collaborate effectively with your team.

  • Learn how and why people use GitHub to collaborate
  • View the status of a project—recent changes, outstanding work, and historic changes
  • Create and edit files through GitHub without learning Git
  • Suggest changes to projects you don’t have permission to edit directly
  • Use tools like issues, pull requests, and branches to specify and collaborate on changes
  • Create a new GitHub repository to control who has access to your project

Table of contents

  1. Preface
    1. Who This Book Is For
    2. Beyond Software
    3. Who This Book Is Not For
    4. How to Use This Book
    5. Conventions Used in This Book
    6. Safari® Books Online
    7. How to Contact Us
    8. Acknowledgments
  2. 1. Introduction
    1. What Is Git?
    2. What Is GitHub?
    3. Why Use Git?
    4. Why Use GitHub?
    5. Key Concepts
  3. 2. Viewing
    1. Introducing the Project Page
    2. Viewing the File
    3. Viewing the Commit History
    4. Viewing Pull Requests
    5. Viewing Issues
    6. Viewing the Pulse
    7. Viewing GitHub Graphs
      1. The Contributors Graph
      2. The Commits Graph
      3. The Code Frequency Graph
      4. The Punch Card Graph
      5. The Network Graph
      6. The Members List
      7. The Traffic Graph
  4. 3. Editing
    1. Contributing via a Fork
    2. Adding a File
    3. Creating a Pull Request
    4. Editing a File
    5. Renaming or Moving a File
    6. Working with Folders
      1. Creating a Folder
      2. Renaming a Folder
    7. The Limits of Editing on GitHub
  5. 4. Collaboration
    1. Committing to a Branch
    2. Creating a Pull Request from a Branch
    3. Collaborating on Pull Requests
      1. Involving People with Pull Requests
      2. Reviewing Pull Requests
      3. Commenting on Pull Requests
      4. Adding Color to Comments
      5. Contributing to Pull Requests
      6. Testing a Pull Request
      7. Merging a Pull Request
      8. Who Should Merge a Pull Request?
      9. Pull Request Notifications
      10. Best Practices for Pull Requests
    4. Issues
      1. Creating a New Issue
      2. Managing Milestones for Issues
      3. Managing Labels for Issues
      4. Commenting on Issues
      5. Referencing Issues in a Commit
      6. Best Practices for Issues
    5. Wikis
      1. Getting Started with a Wiki
      2. Adding and Linking to a Page on Your Wiki
    6. GitHub Pages
      1. Creating a Website for Your Project
      2. Creating a Website for Yourself or Your Organization
  6. 5. Creating and Configuring
    1. Creating a Repository
    2. Adding Collaborators
    3. Configuring a Repository
    4. Integrating with Other Systems
    5. Personal Versus Organizational
    6. Creating an Organization
    7. Managing Teams
  7. 6. Downloading
    1. Why Clone a Repository?
    2. GitHub for Mac
      1. Making a Commit Using GitHub for Mac
      2. Viewing Changes in GitHub for Mac
    3. GitHub for Windows
      1. Making a Commit Using GitHub for Windows
      2. Configuring Command-Line Tools in GitHub for Windows
  8. 7. Next Steps
  9. Index

Product information

  • Title: Introducing GitHub
  • Author(s): Peter Bell, Brent Beer
  • Release date: November 2014
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781491949825