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Issue 18.6 ('Git')
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Get Ready for Git (Part 1)

A quick start on using version control with Xojo

Issue: 18.6 (November/December 2020)
Author: Justin Elliott
Author Bio: Justin fell in love with computers at the age of 11 when his step father brought home an Apple ][+ from work. He then saved every penny to buy a Commodore 64 where, in addition to playing many games, he taught himself assembly language during high school. He quickly discovered that he had a lot more to learn about computers once he started college.
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In this article, I will cover just the essentials on how to get going quickly with a basic Git workflow that is simple to learn and efficient. By the end, you will have learned how to track changes of your Xojo code with Git and work with a remote Git hosting service (GitHub.com for this exercise).

Before we get started, a quick note: In order to use Git to track your Xojo projects, you will need to have purchased a license that is Version Control Ready. This includes all paid Xojo license versions except the Lite version which is intended for hobbyists.

The Pitch!

Git is an open source command-line tool for managing source code revisions. By now you might have heard about it being a very powerful and complex tool for managing versions of your source code.

This is half true! Git is a fantastic tool for managing source code versions.

Git is very powerful—but a basic workflow is simple to learn. The process is made even easier when using one of today's Git GUI client applications. You do not need to learn the more complex features to start reaping the benefits of using Git right away. The great thing about Git is that once you've got the basics under your belt, you can explore and learn more of the advanced features that make sense for you.

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