Programming requires a lot of experimentations. A lot of lines of code we programmers write for a development project are disposed of. Which is a very sane thing to do in Software Development Industry, but writing so many codes and disposing of so much, makes it hard to track all the changes, and extremely difficult to revert to an old version when something doesn’t work. The complexity increases exponentially when multiple people are working together on the same code base. There comes the necessity of a version control system like Git, where it keeps a record of the entire history of changes.
So there is no debate on that every individual developer and team need a sound version control system, but which one should you choose?
The choice of Version Control mostly should ideally depend on a change management methodology that supports your project objectives and then choose a version control software which supports that model.
But as a beginner you will not have that specific requirement, so you should choose a tool which is best in general and is widely used in the industry.
In our humble opinion, Git suits beginner programmers’ requirements the best.
7 Reasons Why Beginning Programmers should use Git
1. Version Control:
Every time you commit the code to Git, Git creates a new version, keeping a record of all changes done in the past. You can revert any previous version whenever you need.
Git is Distributed Version Control system, what that means is every person involved in a project can download the entire repository in their local system. Which allows local branching and each branch acts as a backup of the whole project. So, everyone easily can play with the code without even need to be connected with the server.
3. Break down a problem
Git allows you, breaking down a big problem into small committable units. Breaking down a problem excludes a lot of confusion and help us approach it with focus. In turn, you learn faster.
4. Free and Open Source:
While learning, it is generally not advisable to invest much in a tool. What if after some time you end up not liking it? Or find it not useful for you? Git is Open Source and Free VCS. Though you might need to pay a minute amount to host the source code on a source code repository like GitShip, to easily share and collaborate with others.
5. Compatible with many other tools and technologies:
Be it Desktop clients, or be it servers, or be it Source Code Hosting providers, there are lots of techniques that support Git, a lot of options to choose from.
6. Widely Used:
Companies around the world and many successful projects are using it: Amazon, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo Microsoft, Android, Linux – to name to few. You will be more hire-able.
7. Community Support:
As a widely used tool, it has a vast and helpful community to help you out when you are stuck with an issue.
There is no denial that Git has a steep initial learning curve, but once you have overcome that part, it becomes a piece of cake. It becomes your second nature, can’t work without a Version control system. The initial effort is well worth. The outcomes are from amazing.