Technical writes are now often asked to write their documentation using the version control systems Git and GitHub. This is part of a philosophy called “Docs Like Code”, where documentation is handled with the same processes and using the same tools as code. Although Git is very powerful version control system, it is extremely non-intuitive, and it can be very confusing to use. There are many ways to host files using Git, but GitHub is the most popular.
This workshop will explain some of the basic concepts that Git uses and lead you through some hands-on exercises to get started using both Git and GitHub.
To do the exercises you will need:
- A Windows or Mac laptop. (An iOS or Android device will not work.)
- Git software installed on your Windows computer. (Git comes automatically with Mac.) When you register, we will send you instructions on this.
- A free GitHub account
Date: November 3rd
Time: 8:30am to noon
Where: Galvanize, 111 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104 (room TBD based on registration number).
About Our Presenter:
Peter Gruenbaum has taught for us before and is a very popular presenter, which is why we picked him for this course above other people we considered. He is the president of SDK Bridge, which specializes in API documentation. He founded the company to bring together his love of technology and writing. He has worked as an API writer to describe APIs for e-commerce, automobile traffic prediction, electric utilities, cameras, tractors, and cat humor sites, just to name a few. He has published four online courses on writing API documentation on the Udemy platform. Peter received his BA in Physics from the University of Chicago and his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University.