Introducing GitHub
A Non-Technical Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 138

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Software is eating the world, and GitHub is where software is built. GitHub is also a powerful way for people to collaborate on text-based documents, from contracts to screenplays to legislation. With this introductory guide, you’ll learn how to use GitHub to manage and collaborate with developers, designers, and other business professionals more effectively. Topics include project transparency, collaboration tools, the basics of Git version control management, and how to make changes yourself—without having to bother your development team.

If you’re involved with software projects on GitHub—as a stakeholder, project manager, designer, tester, or developer—or want to learn how to collaborate on documents, this book is the perfect way to get started.

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    4.0

    A Great Idea and Engaging Start

    By Sen. Blutarsky

    from 4.3 light yrs due east of Alpha Centauri

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    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Succinct
    • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Introducing GitHub:

    I've just had enough time thus far to get through the first chapter, and I have to say I'm quite impressed by the succinct information presented. I'm still not quite 'ready for primetime', but I feel a whole lot closer to tackling the GitHub experience.

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    1.0

    Irrelevant until near the end

    By John W

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker

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      • Not comprehensive enough

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        Comments about oreilly Introducing GitHub:

        Not until Chapter 5 three quarters of the way through the book do the authors get to material, which most people wanting to use GitHub really need - that is setting up a project. The Introduction is valid but then Chapter 2 bamboozles you with pages of graphs and views, which are pretty meaningless at this stage for a learner and not really necessary to getting started with GitHub. To me it sounds as if the authors want to sell something by showing how pretty it is. That chapter should be at the end.

        I have used Revision Control Systems, starting with SCCS since the early 80,s and I regard them as the most important tool for any professional software developer. It is not until page 79, 2/3 through the book that the actual setting up of a GitHub repository is presented. I was desperately looking for that and got so flustered with trying to understand all the views and graphs of Pulses and things - which all refer to large, well established projects - that I put the book down in disgust. I really want to port my projects to GitHub and hopefully Chapter 5 will give me the information I need.

        I have done a number of Pull Requests on other projects before getting this book and found GitHub fairly difficult to use - it is not really intuitive - or in other words you have to know the language of the different icons, which occurr in different screens. A dictionary of these icons with the listing of the different actions involved in revision control at the beginning would be very helpful. These icons are mentioned in the text - but they are not accompanied by a picture - so a newbie to GitHub like me has to keep scanning the figures tryng to guess which one is which. They all make sense but I would have expected help from the authors in this.

        As a general comment this text was written by people who have used GitHub for some time and they have not put themselves in the position of a learner who is really new to the use of GitHub. This is in stark contrast with Pro Git by Scott Chacon, which is well written and structured in a professional way as a teaching book.

         
        5.0

        Excellent - I'm now using GitHub

        By benhamilton

        from Brisbane, Australia

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        • Straight Forward
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          Comments about oreilly Introducing GitHub:

          I found I had a need to use GitHub and really didn't know where to start, this book however has in just a few hours got me up and running with GitHub, branching, forking, pull requests and merging.
          All the web pages I'd read previous hadn't given me the knowledge I'd needed, this book did.
          Thank you.

           
          4.0

          Github for pointy-haired bosses

          By szarka

          from Connecticut

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          Comments about oreilly Introducing GitHub:

          OK, to be fair, there are plenty of folks besides pointy-haired bosses who would find this book useful. Anyone in an organization that uses Github, but who is intimidated by using a proper Git client, could benefit from this gentle, concise introduction. I'm not sure it explains Git and revision control in enough depth for a complete beginner, but it does do a good job of sticking to the basics and describing how (and why) to complete the tasks that a non-programmer might undertake as part of a larger team.

          The final chapter does include enough information for the reader to get their feet wet using Git on Windows or Mac OS, but someone looking to learn Git itself should instead have a look at O'Reilly's Version Control with Git.

          As someone who already uses Git, but who wanted more information about Github specifically, I didn't find a lot that was useful here. Still, the book is short, and it didn't take much time to glean a few useful tips. I'd definitely consider buying this for an employee, collaborator, or student who needed a non-technical introduction to using Github.

           
          5.0

          Perfect for get acquainted with gitHub

          By gitzu

          from Colombia

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            Comments about oreilly Introducing GitHub:

            Easy and clear. Just what I need.
            If You know nothing about GitHub, this is my recommended book.

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