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What Git/GitHub topics do you struggle with most?

meganesulli profile image Megan Sullivan ・1 min read

I'm working on an Intro to Git/GitHub series for newcomers to version control and open source. Help me make it useful by sharing your experiences learning about Git and GitHub!

(If you've been using Git/GitHub for a while, think back to what it was like when you were first getting started.)

  • 😩 What concepts or commands do you find confusing or challenging? (Or, what are the things you always have to look up how to do?)
  • πŸ€” What concepts or commands do you wish you understood better?
  • πŸ“š What are some of your favorite resources for learning Git/GitHub?
  • πŸ’‘ If you've been using Git/GitHub for a while, were there any particular analogies or explanations that helped an idea click?

Feel free to share any other thoughts you have on the subject.

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z00md

Pull request - It took me days to understand that its more of a merge request. The intention is to push your changes, not pull.

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Andrew Clayton

It's called a pull-request, due to the fact you're asking someone to pull your changes into their repository, hence the git command

$ git request-pull [options] start url [end]

which generates a pull request that can be emailed.

A Merge Request seems to be a GitLab invention...

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z00md

Yeah, of course I do understand it now :-)

But I just wanted to point out that initially it was difficult for me to understand that a pull request needs to be created by the person who is pushing the changes.

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Kushagra Bansal

I am familiar with the web interface, but I struggle to remember and understand the command line interface instructions

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Megan Sullivan Author

That totally makes sense, there's a lot to remember! Are there any commands in particular that you repeatedly have to look up?

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Kushagra Bansal

Some common commands like merging, pushing, getting the history, branching etc. Tbh I don't use the command line often because of this. Am I missing out on something?πŸ€”