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AUTHOR: Tom McFarlin

A Primer on Source Control

Source code control is¬†nothing new to software development. It’s been around for decades. But for those of us who work in the open source community, specifically those who are working with WordPress, we may not have the experience that some of our peers have.

After all, many of the people who work on or work with WordPress are people who are seasoned software developers or who have been working on software for a long time.

A Primer on Source Control: A plugin's repository.

The online Subversion repository for a simple WordPress plugin.

And to be clear, this doesn’t mean they learned source control within the context of open source development – maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. In short, they’ve had time to learn the advantages of workflows for and reasons why source control is so important.

Ultimately, the point I’m trying to make is this:

If you’re new to WordPress, and you’ve heard about source control, Subversion, Git, or GitHub or even used it to some degree (even if you aren’t entirely sure what you’re doing), that’s okay!¬†Everyone starts at the beginning.

The purpose of this primer is to help explain some of the benefits of source control, why we use it, and how it plays a role in our day-to-day activities especially when we’re working with others.

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