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Development Tools Introduction to Git First Commits Viewing Changes to a File

Ian Ostrom
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Ian Ostrom
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 10,301 Points

Github desktop vs command line

Now that Github has a desktop client which makes this whole process easier, is there any advantage to working with Git in the command line?

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Olivia Culver
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Olivia Culver
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I think that it's absolutely worth learning the command line for Git. Github desktop won't be downloaded on every computer you may use in the future yet every computer definitely has a terminal. Also, there's a lot more power and flexibility when using the command line. Further, knowing the command line becomes even more valuable as you learn other tools like Node.js or npm, so I think the more you use it and get comfortable with it the better you'll be at picking up other technologies that utilize the command line. Here's a link to a similar question with some insightful answers: https://teamtreehouse.com/community/is-github-desktop-worth-learning-i-heard-command-line-is-the-only-way-for-true-devs-to-go

Ian Ostrom
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Ian Ostrom
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Good points and thanks for sharing that thread Olivia. I grew up on MS DOS so I'm comfortable with the CLI, but still find it slower than the GUI as the GUI automates/eliminates steps that I'd have to type manually. Perhaps the CLI is faster, as Kevin Korte said, with larger projects?