What is GitHub?

GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system. Allows users to “push” and “pull” their local repositories to and from remote repositories on the web. Provides users with a homepage that displays their public repositories. Users repositories are backed up on the GitHub server in case something happens to local copies. Social aspect allows users to follow one another and share projects.

Set Up a GitHub Account

Go to GitHub homapage at https://github.com/. Enter a username, email, and password and click “Sign up for GitHub”.

NOTE: You should use the same email address that you used when setting up Git in the previous lecture.


On the next screen, select the free plan and click “Finish sign up”.


Navigating GitHub

After signing up, you will find yourself on this page, which has several helpful resources for learning about Git and GitHub.
Try clicking on your username in the upper righthand corner of the screen to view your GitHub profile.


Your GitHub Profile

Your profile is where all of your activity on GitHub is displayed. Allows you to show other people who you are working on. As you work on more projects, your profile becomes a portfolio of your work.



Finally, if you click on “Edit Your Profile” in the top righthand portion of the screen you can add some basic information about yourself to your profile.
This is totally optional, but if you do good work, you ought to take some credit for it!
In the next lecture, we’ll get you started by walking you through two ways of creating a repository.
In the meantime, feel free to explore the GitHub site for interesting projects that others are working on.

I wish you plenty of gain plenty of code.

Faik Turan

Java Software Trainer


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