16 - 17 October 2024
Lausanne
Application deadline:
07 October 2024
Cancellation deadline:
07 October 2024
Robin Engler, Vassilios Ioannidis
Data management
Programming and Computing Techniques
Beginner
Academic: 200 CHF
For-profit: 1000 CHF
0.5 ECTS credits




No future instance of this course is planned yet

Overview

Git is an open source, distributed, version control system for tracking changes in source code and other types of text documents. Created by Linus Torvalds and first released in 2005, Git has become the de facto standard for project source code management, and is extensively used both in open source and commercial software development. The usage of Git is not limited to code development, but can also be used to keep track of data analysis scripts and pipelines. This 2-day course gives a very comprehensive introduction to Git and its most useful commands, as well as an introduction to collaborative workflows and to using GitHub.

Audience

This course is aimed at people with no or little knowledge of Git, who are interested in using a version control system for collaborative work, or simply to keep track modifications in their scripts/code base/files. This includes people working on code development, but also scientists interested in improving the reproducibility of their data analyses by keeping track of their scripts using version control.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to have understood and practiced the following:

  • Introduction to Version Control Systems.
  • Basic Git concepts: commits, the HEAD pointer and the Git index.
  • Git branches: introduction to branched workflows and collaborative workflow examples.
  • Branch management: merge, rebase and cherry-pick.
  • Retrieving data from the Git database: git checkout.
  • Working with remotes: share your work and collaborate.
  • Basics of GitHub and GitLab.

Prerequisites

Knowledge/competencies:

The course is focused on using Git in command line mode (no graphical user interface). It is therefore necessary to have some basic knowledge of UNIX command line, e.g. how to change directory or how to edit a file in a command line editor such as vim/nano.

If you are not familiar with these UNIX fundamentals, we strongly recommend you complete the following e-learning module before the start of the course.

Technical

Your computer must be installed with a recent version of Git. Git is available on all major platforms (https://git-scm.com/download).

Schedule

Day 1:

  • Introduction to version control systems and Git.
  • Git basics: your first commit.
  • Git concepts: commits, the HEAD pointer and the Git index.
  • Git branches: introduction to branched workflows and collaborative workflow examples.
  • Branch management: merge, rebase and cherry-pick.
  • Retrieving data from the Git database: git checkout.
  • Working with remotes: collaborating with Git.
  • GitHub: a brief overview.

Day 2:

  • Rewriting history: interactive rebase, git reset and commit amending.
  • The detached HEAD state explained.
  • The Git stash: Git’s “cut and paste” functionality.
  • Git tags: label important commits.
  • GitHub: creating a new project, adding new users and collaborating wit them.

Application

Registration fees for academics are 200 CHF and 1000 CHF for for-profit companies.

While participants are registered on a first come, first served basis, exceptions may be made to ensure diversity and equity, which may increase the time before your registration is confirmed.

Applications will close as soon as the places will be filled up. Deadline for free-of-charge cancellation is set is set to 07/10/2024. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Venue and Time

The course will take place at the University of Lausanne.

Our courses usually start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information about location and time will be provided to the participants in due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Monique Zahn, SIB Training Group.

We will recommend 0.5 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

You are welcome to register to the SIB courses mailing list to be informed of all future courses and workshops, as well as all important deadlines using the form here.

For more information, please contact training@sib.swiss.