Connecting to GitHub


Teaching: 0 min
Exercises: 30 min
  • How will I keep track of changes in the EnviroDIY code library?

  • How do I share my code with collaborators?

  • Create a GitHub account, set up GitHub Desktop, and learn GitHub terminology.

This lesson will help you connect to GitHub, which is a web-hosting service for computer code repositories. This tutorial is hosted on GitHub, and the EnviroDIY Modular Sensor Library is also on GitHub. That means GitHub is the source code manager for the code you will be using, so you will benefit from using GitHub to keep track of updates to the EnviroDIY Modular Sensor Library. You may also find it to be a useful place to keep track of your own codes to manage versions and share will collaborators.

Episode 3: Connecting to GitHub

GitHub example use case

What is GitHub? is a short introduction to one group’s project using GitHub for collaboration. It’s a little bit silly, but we like how it introduces the vocabulary and workflow of GitHub.

The operative word for our use of GitHub is collaborative! It can be a place where you share files with collaborators, keep track of changes (version control, which is pretty much track changes on steroids; it’s excellent.), and collaborate even when you are not sitting together or working at the same moment.

Things you should know

Your activity on GitHub is public. Your content on GitHub is public (but credited to you as the owner/contributor). Private repositories (repos for short, defined as a storage place) exist, but they are not free. Don’t let this scare you away from interacting on GitHub, submitting issues, or making commits. As soon as you have a GitHub account you are qualified to help us improve this tutorial! Please submit your suggestions to the LearnEnviroDIY issues on GitHub.

For your reference

GitHub is full of jargon. Here’s a glossary for GitHub.

Key Points

  • GitHub is a collaborative version control system, where changes are tracked over an entire directory of files that is called a repository.

  • GitHub enables multiple edits to be saved in a commit, and for a different version to be developed in a branch.

  • When contributing to someone else’s repo, you ask them to pull your code edits into their code base by issuing a pull request