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Issue 19.1


Get Ready for Git (Part 2)

Reach the next level for version control with Xojo

Issue: 19.1 (January/February 2021)
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 Part 1 of Get Ready for Git I went through the essentials of a basic Git workflow. That included steps for how to use GitHub for tracking a Xojo project with Git for version control. Now that we've covered the basics, it's time to learn more about the advanced features of Git that will really accelerate your development workflows.

A quick reminder before we get started: 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). In order to track your Xojo project you will also need to change Xojo's Default project format preference setting to Text and then save your project in the Xojo Project format. Once you do these steps your project will be saved in multiple text files that can be properly tracked by Git. The main Xojo project file will have the extension of .xojo_project. This is the file that you'll want to open with Xojo to edit your project code.

Before We Jump In...

This article assumes that you have already learned the basics of Git. (If you are completely new to Git, you'll want to read my Get Ready for Git (Part 1) article in xDev 18.6 [Nov./Dec. 2020] first.)

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