The Importance of GitHub for Web Developers

If at this point you have not heard of GitHub, we are not going to bore you with the details other than to mention it is a large online code repository based on versioning tool Git of Linus Torvalds origin.

To summarize, it allows the de-centralization of the code storage. If you are unfamiliar with Git itself, http://git-scm.com is a perfectly reasonable source for learning about its use. In this article, however, rather than speaking about the technology itself, we are going to focus on its impact on the industry as a whole.

Nowadays a good GitHub account represents the best CV or business card you could ever have.
With it you can show your skills, your mindset as developer and your attitude to collaborate with others.

Here are a few tricks to get you developing without making it seem like you are taking a second job:

    1. Set aside a block of time once a week to code. You can even start with just an hour
    2. Alternate between coding your own solutions and forking to add functionality to someone else’s
    3. Be a stickler with code standards so your code is easily readable
    4. Ensure your code is highly annotated with notes
    5. Write the occasional blog talking about your difficulties and how you overcame them

It is very comfortable and easy to share code and access different versions of it.

Why having a public repo?

First of all anyone can access it, secondly by reviewing commits people can track development of the project and also personal coding improvements too.

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