Who should use version control?

Designers, document creators (yeah, that’s mostly everyone), and developers, are you using version control? Don’t know what it is, why you need it, and how to do it? This 5 minute video will open up some great practices and procedures for you to use so you never lose versions of your important work, and perhaps more importantly can work with others and merge your versions . . . or split them. In all honesty, it’s a must know skill for the 21st century, not just for developers, but for all knowledge workers!

What is version control?

Version control is a way to keep track of your information (documents, code, designs) over time. No more saving files as “version_1_of_my_great_content.” Use a system, like Git, to manage your changes for you! You can track your changes, create different paths of a document from a stable base, even collaborate with others and merge their changes with yours using version control.

Why should I use version control?

You make documents, right? What about changes? Did you ever want to go back and look at last week’s version of that document to find exactly what you wrote? Did someone delete your files?

If you are learning to be a web developer or software engineer, you’ll need to use version control to keep track of your work. Did those modifications end up being less than what you hoped? No problem, rewind your code easily. Work with teams too so many people can use a common base. Your information will be more reliable, and easier to track. Collaboration becomes a breeze and less error prone when using version control.