Git Complete: The definitive, step-by-step guide to Git
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Git Complete: The definitive, step-by-step guide to Git

Go from zero to hero with Git source control step-by-step with easy to understand examples. Become the next Git expert!
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Created by Jason Taylor
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the key concepts of the Git source control system
  • Step through the entire Git workflow
  • Compare the different states in Git and compare between branches and commits
  • Manage files with Git (move, rename, delete) and update files managed outside Git
  • Create and fork repositories on GitHub and push changes back after working after working on them locally
  • Create branches and resolve merge conflicts like a pro
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  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to install software on your computer
  • Admin rights may be required for software installation

Git Complete

This course is designed to be a comprehensive approach to Git, which means no prior knowledge or experience is required but students will emerge at the end with a very solid understanding and hands-on experience with Git and related source control concepts.

Recent Course Updates

  • Added Updates and Errata section
  • Added Tagging section

Course Outline

Course Introduction and Overview provides an introduction to this course and the Git source control system and sets the stage for the rest of the course.

After the introduction, the first thing we do is Git Installation for both Windows and Mac.

Quick Start a very quick (15 minutes), hands-on introduction to Git. We start off by signing up for GitHub, creating a repository there, the makiing a local copy (clone), local changes (add/commit) and then update GitHub with our changes (push).

In Basic Commands, we walk through all the foundational commands needed to start a new project managed by Git (or enable Git for an existing project) all the way through making commits, including common file operations like moving and deleting files. We also cover how to exclude the wrong files from accidentally being committed and how to review your repository's history.

With a strong foundation in place, we explore ways to make Comparisons in Git, including all the different local states, between commits, and between local and remote repositories.

We give great attending to Branching and Merging in Git. We start off with the simple "happy path" and learn about "Fast-Forward" merges and how to control them. The we walk through common "automatic" merges. Finally, we cause trouble on purpose so we can step through resolving conflicting merges with our visual merge tool.

With a strong foundation in branching and merging, we will then cover a more complex topic, Rebasing. In that section, we cover several rebasing examples, including how to resolve a rebase conflict.

In the Stashing section, we save our work-in-progress while we attend to more pressing issues, then pick up where we left off after that.

NEW: In the Tagging section, we mark important milestones or releases within our project. We also use those tags later for comparing differences between important milestones. We also look at how to use tags within GitHub.

All tools have installation and configuration sections to ensure no one is left behind.

Course Features

Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas. Since few like slide-ware presentations, slide-presentations are kept to a minimum.

Screencasts provide a video of the instructor's computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated. There is nearly 4 hours of screencast based video training in order to step through each command or action in sufficient detail.

Several attachments and document lectures throughout the course provide supplemental information, illustrations, or other reference material.

Moving Forward

This course will expand periodically to include more topics, supporting materials and bonus content! Some content may be in direct response to student feedback or discussions -- so get engaged with the course discussions feature!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in using source control and specifically Git
  • Software engineers, developers, programmers new to Git
  • IT Managers or technical leads considering Git for version control on their teams
  • Freelancers or other creative professionals
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Curriculum For This Course
84 Lectures
8 Lectures 21:07

Course introduction, welcome and course goals.

Preview 01:30

In order to meet the course goals outlined in the previous lecture, this course will follow an outline featured in the lecture.

Preview 02:19

A brief introduction and information about the author/instructor for this course.

Preview 01:01

This course has a specific audience in mind -- mainly freelancers, developers, programmers, and other creative professionals.

Preview 02:47

The majority of the course will be done using the command line (Git Bash / Terminal). This lecture explains why.

Why Command Line?

Not everyone is convinced of the need for version control -- so I go over the main reasons one should use it.

Why Source Control?

Once convinced of the need for version control, this lecture goes into Git's unique qualities and why Git is an excellent version control system.

Why Git?

At this point, we assume you plan to use Git for version control and continue with the course, so this lecture goes over some key terminology that will be helpful to understand before moving forward.

Key Git Terminology
Git Installation
3 Lectures 09:03

Git Installation section overview and what approach will be taken.

Installation Overview

A step-by-step installation of Git on Windows, including recommended options and choices.

Installing Git for Windows

A step-by-step installation of Git on the Mac platform (featuring Yosemite).

Installing Git on Mac OS X
Git Quick Start
3 Lectures 14:35

Part one of the "Quick Start" section -- starting with GitHub and initial project setup.

Preview 05:30

Part two of the "Quick Start" section -- configuration, cloning from GitHub and the entire Git workflow (add, commit, push and pull).

Preview 09:05

Command listings for this section.

Preview 1 page
Text Editor Installation
6 Lectures 17:20
Text Editor Installation Overview

Windows Text Editor: Notepad++ Installation

Configure Notepad++ with Git (Windows Only)

Mac Text Editor: TextMate 2 Installation

Configure Text Mate 2 with Git (Mac Only)

Text Editor Resources
1 page
Basic Git Commands
16 Lectures 01:34:33
Basic Commands Overview

Starting with a Fresh Project (git init)

Adding Git to an Existing Project (git init)

Starting on GitHub by Joining an Existing Project (git clone)

Basic Git Workflow (add, commit, pull & push)

Tracked Files

Editing Files

Recursive Add

Backing Out Changes

Renaming and Moving Files

Deleting Files


Git Alias

Ignoring Unwanted Files and Folders

Cleanup and Back to Origin (GitHub)

Git Basics Resources
7 pages
Visual Merge/Diff Tool Installation
7 Lectures 16:45
Visual Merge / Diff Tool Installation Overview

P4Merge Install on Windows

P4Merge Configure on Windows

P4Merge for Windows Git Configuration

P4Merge for Mac Installation

P4Merge for Mac Git Configuration

Visual Merge / Diff Tool Resources
1 page
8 Lectures 22:11
Git Repository Setup (for comparing examples)

Comparing Working Directory and the Staging Area

Comparing Working Directory and Git Repository (Last Commit)

Comparing between the Staging Area and the Git Repository (Last Commit)

Limiting Comparsons to one File (or path)

Comparing Between Commits

Comparing Between Local and Remote Master Branches

Comparison Section Cleanup and Push back to GitHub
Branching and Merging
6 Lectures 34:31
Branching Basics

Happy Path / Fast Forward Merges

Happy Path / Disable Fast Forward Merges

Automatic Merges

Conflicting Merges and Resolution

Section Cleanup and Push back to GitHub
6 Lectures 24:04
Simple Rebase Example

Setup for rebasing conflict

Abort a Rebase

Rebase Conflict and Resolution

Pull with Rebase (GitHub)

Section Cleanup and push to GitHub
6 Lectures 24:19
Simple Stash Example

Stashing Untracked Files and Using Pop

Managing Multiple Stashes

Stashing into a Branch

Section Cleanup and push to GitHub

Stashing Section Resources
3 pages
4 More Sections
About the Instructor
Jason Taylor
4.3 Average rating
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136,222 Students
17 Courses
Lead Software Engineer, Dev Trainer (17 courses,12k reviews)

With nearly 20 years of programming and software development experience, I started out teaching myself programming while in High School. I put myself through college working for a local Internet Service Provider as a programmer. Before finishing college, I developed and sold an award winning website to a Dot-Com start-up. After college, I have worked at several companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises focusing on Java and client-side technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Throughout my career, I have opportunity to learn many software development best practices and exposure to several version control systems.