GitHub for Beginners: Don’t Get Scared, Get Started

Really useful article on what GitHub is, how it can be used, and why any “knowledge worker” would benefit. Here are some highlights:

GitHub as a Social Network Tool

GitHub allows you to be connected to other people who are working on programming projects. Instead of sharing pictures of your cat, you’re sharing projects and code.

GitHub Claims No Property Rights Over Your Material

Here, you can read it for yourself: “We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Service. Your profile and materials uploaded remain yours.” Cool!

Um, and that’s basically it! The rest of the article goes on to explain the details of setting up your GitHub site, so I’ll probably check that out another time. For now, the shift from thinking of GitHub as a site to store code to a social networking site actually helps me picture better how I can use GitHub. What can I start posting already?


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