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R-Ladies DC Git and GitHub Workshop

Slide Deck

PDF Presenation Slides

Activities for Today



If setting up git isn't an option on your local machine or if it's already configured for a different remote, you can set up a free RStudio Cloud instance to use for the purposes of this learning workshop. Create a free account by signing in with your GitHub profile.


Install Git

Check to see if you have git installed on your machine. In some shell/terminal, run:

which git
git --version

If you don't have git: Instructions

GitHub Issues

  1. In this repository
  2. Go to the Issues tab and open the Start Here! Issue (should be the only one)
  3. React to some comments you like or dislike
  4. Make your own comment (optional)

Make a Pull Request

  1. Edit the ggplot2-readme-problems.md file directly in GitHub
  2. Make a commit
  3. Submit a PR (a request for your changes to be incorporated into my doc)

Create a Git Repository

  1. Create a new GH repo
  2. Use RStudio to slurp it down locally
  3. Do some work on it locally
  4. Push that work back up to the master copy on GH

Workflow Reference: Happy Git with R

Practice Push and Pull Workflow

  1. Edit your README again on GH
  2. Commit your changes directly to master branch
  3. Pull those remote changes to your local project
  4. Always good to Pull before you start work

Discussion: Advanced Collaboration Related Topics

  • Always pull before starting new work
  • Branching strategies: Sprint branches, Issue branches
  • Git client GUIs for helping to navigate merge conflicts
  • Try not to make "monster" commits

Git/GitHub with R - Presentability

Knit/Render Rmarkdown for GitHub

  1. Add a default Rmd to your project
  2. Knit to github_document
  3. Commit and Push to GitHub
  4. View the rendered files on GitHub

GitHub Pages

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll to GitHub Pages section
  3. Select source: master branch
  4. (optional) Select a theme
  5. Visit your new site

More References

Git Panic! (Help Around Making Mistakes)

Git Client Recommendations

  • RStudio IDE is a very lightweight git client. If you're serious about git collaboration with other people, I recommend getting a Git Client.
  • Git Clients are great because they give you a GUI for untangling git messes
  • Which client you should use is largely operating system dependent
  • I don't have any personal recommendations - google: "best git clients" to get a sense of what's popular and try one out!