This article is about why I think everyone (Software Developers) should learn Git but before we delve into this proper, I want us to explore briefly what Git is.
Git was developed in 2005 by Linus Torvalds majorly for the development of the Linux kernel after a fallout between the Linus team and the Bitkeeper proprietary DVCS solution provider. More about that here
Git is an open-source distributed version control system used for tracking changes in source code during software development. It is designed for coordinating work among programmers, but it can be used to track changes in any set of files. Its goals include speed, data integrity, and support for distributed, non-linear workflows. wiki
If you examine the definition above well, you’ll notice that Git is all about collaboration (coordinating work among programmers), integrity (tracking changes), etc. In Git, if it’s ever commited it will be tracked.
"If it’s ever comitted it will be tracked"
Now that we have refreshed our memory of what Git is, let us talk about why you should learn it ASAP.
As software developers, whether you are hoping to build the next thing that will change the course of history or you just want to know enough to make ends meet, chances are you will not do this alone which means you need others to actualize that dream. If you fall anywhere within this wide spectrum then you need to learn git as soon as possible.
Since my career in software development, I have never seen a job requirement that required any other form of DVCS than Git. As a matter of fact, more often than not you will not see Git as a requirement for most job descriptions because it is mostly assumed that as a Software Developer, you should already know and be using Git.
"Git is the most popular DVCS"
Another reason you should learn git and learn it now is that you will most likely have to work with others either as part of a team in your job or just to collaborate with others in developing various software products. When it comes to collaborating among software development teams in tracking source code changes, nothing does it better and as smoothly as Git.
"...nothing does it better and as smoothly as Git."
For many people, the reason they defer learning Git until much later is because of the impression that Git is a hard concept and that they need to memorize a whole bunch of various git commands to get going. This is not true❗️
The Git commands you will most frequently use are just very few and once you start using them, you’ll see that it’s just a breeze 👌🏾.
Gone are the days when software development teams are constrained by physical proximity when all the members must be co-located in the same location to get work done. Remote work has been around for a while but it is getting more and more popular by the day. The current reality of the Covid-19 Pandemic has also massively accelerated the adoption of the remote culture and if you’re going to thrive as a software developer working remotely, you need to have a good command of basic Git.
The above are a few of the reasons you should learn Git and learn it NOW.
Want to begin your Git adventure already? below are some great resources that can help you quickly get started:
You can also follow @unseenwizzard here on DEV, he's a git guru and has some nice contents on the subject
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