Cloning the Iguana Apps Repo using GitHub

What makes GIT and GitHub powerful is the ease with which third parties can fork a GIT repo, work on the code independently and then offer up a ‘pull request’ which allows the core GIT repository maintainer to accept back changes into the core repository.

It’s how we’re managing the GIT repo ourselves – there are only one or two people in the company that have the rights to push changes into the core repository – most people do their own changes in forks of the main repo.  That gives everyone a sandbox to develop independently in but gives some control to do quality assurance before accepting contributions into the main repository.

It’s easy to do

Step 1 – Create an Account on GitHub

Goto http://www.github.com/

It’s easy to put in a unique username and password in and your email address.

Then go

https://github.com/interfaceware/iguana-web-apps

And click on the Fork icon up in the top right corner.

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You should see some fun graphics creating a fork.  At the end you should have your own repository like this:

Now the next step is to click on the “Clone in Desktop” icon.

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This will prompt you to install the GitHub tools.  What you see will vary depending on the operating system – there is a Windows and an OS X version of this GUI tool.  Here’s a shot of the mac one:

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Install the GitHub application, then you can put your GitHub username and password into the application set up:

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Once you are logged in you can skip the next dialog:

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At the end of it you’ll have GIT installed and you should be able to have a local GIT repo of your own forked repo that you can work with.  Next time someone asks us a question about this I can give a mini tutorial on using the GIT command line which is very good.

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