Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. It keeps track of changes within your code which you will find to be extremely helpful when working on large projects.
Git was created by Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux Kernel. Now you know it’s good.
Git is also the most widely used version control system and is easy to learn. Git has a lot of features that make it extremely popular like:
- Branching and Merging
- Extremely fast
- Great for a distributed workforce
- Diff checking built in
- Works with Github
- and more.
Using a version control system is an important part of a developers workflow. Let’s say you’re working on a project, you make some changes and realize that whatever new code you included caused a bug. You can easily revert to a previous version of that file or code with Git.
Let’s also assume you’re working on a project, you have an idea of something you want to try out but not in your production code. You can easily create a new branch of the project, test out your idea, see if it works and if it does, you can then merge the new code into your main project.
Git also makes it simple to clone existing projects which is another one of it’s popular features.
Git also has a large, active community of developers which is a helpful resource when getting started with Git. You will also find that the documentation pages for Git are well written.