A help guide for all the newbies who have a desire to explore GitHub and contribute to open source without knowing Git.
GitHub is basically a huge repository collection that has a Web-based graphical interface. For beginners, who are still confused about what a repository means, you can think of it as a large coding community that has numerous contributors all over the world. These contributors work together on various projects on this platform known as GitHub.
Apart from coding enthusiasts, I think that every individual who has a knack for computers, IT, software projects, or other such things must know about GitHub.
Apart from exploring the several open-source projects uploaded there, you can also do various things as a beginner. Assuming, you have already signed up for GitHub, some of these things are listed below along with image references.
You can explore repositories using the search option. You can also apply appropriate filters like update time, programming language, stars, most forks, etc.
If you like a project, you can either give your individual contributions or you can download it on your system. To download the repository, click on the Clone or Download option and choose Download zip. The repository will be downloaded as a zip folder. Extract it and run!
Give your repository a short name, description, and a Readme (refer here for the Readme markdown tutorial) tag to describe what it contains.
As a beginner, you can upload the simple projects that you have done and your coding solutions.
Click on Upload Files, choose your files locally from your computer and select the option of commit directly to the master branch. Now, click Commit changes. It will add your files into the respective repository.
If you want to add your code or enhancement/bug suggestions, you can readily do so by raising an issue. To open an issue, you need to go to the Issues tab and choose New Issue. Describe the issue (suggestion/bug/etc.) you want to add and click on Submit New Issue.
Now, if you see an issue that you are capable of solving, give it a shot! You can select that issue and comment to ask the author of the repository for contribution by opening a Pull Request. Pull Request (PR) is basically a request to push your piece of code to another repository. If granted a YES, you can open a Pull Request in the following way.
Now, if the PR is good enough, it gets Merged (you can see in purple right above); else, the author can request changes to your PR with reviews.
You can also make an attractive portfolio website of yourself that highlights your skills, projects, and many other things for free using GitHub Pages!
You can explore my GitHub profile here.
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