Git and GitHub for Writers
What you'll learn
- The concept called "Docs Like Code"
- How to use Git and GitHub when writing documentation
- Git commands: add, commit, push, branch, stash, tag, rebase, and others
- How to merge and fork using GitHub
- Basic computer skills (ability to use a browser, type commands, manipulate files using Windows Exporer or Finder)
- A text editor (the course describes some options)
The first Git and GitHub class specifically for writers!
More and more, writers are being asked to use Git and GitHub for their documents. This is part of a philosophy called "Docs Like Code", where documentation is created using the same tools and processes that code is. The problem is that Git and GitHub were designed specifically for developers, and these classes don't work as well for writers.
This class differs from other Git and GitHub classes in that:
It explains concepts in ways that are meaningful to writers
All example files are documents rather than code
It talks about how files are used to create documentation
This course is for technical writers, project managers, and anyone who writes who needs to use version control tools like Git and GitHub. It covers:
What version control is
What “Docs Like Code” means
How to use Git manage file versions
How to use GitHub for pull requests and forking
How to handle difficult problems
How Git is used for documentation
Alternatives to GitHub
In addition to videos, this course contains 14 hands-on exercises that lead you step-by-step in using Git and GitHub. All PowerPoint presentations are available as resources.
No prior experience necessary. Just an interest in writing and a desire to learn Git.
Who this course is for:
- Technical writers, project managers, and other people who write and need to understand how to use Git and GitHub
- This course is not designed for developers, but developers who are having trouble understanding Git may find it useful
Peter founded SDK Bridge to bring together his love of technology and writing. After 10 years as a software developer, he learned the skill of API writing at Microsoft. Since then, he has worked as an API writer to describe APIs for eCommerce, automobile traffic prediction, electric utilities, mobile phones, and tractors, just to name a few. In addition to API and SDK documentation, he creates video tutorials for software developer audiences. Peter received his BA in Physics from the University of Chicago and his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University.