Dear Tester: Github Is Your Friend
"It's never too late
- in fiction or in life -
- Nancy Thayer
Personal confession time. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to realize that I too could be a regular github user. For years, I've used it on projects, learned the basic commands for the command line so I could switch repos quickly, whether it was for automation projects or software development, I used github with little thought about how I could use it myself.
Somehow, one comment from one of the developers I'm currently working with, on a project I've been pairing regularly with developers, my mental context about github shifted. He asked about my github and if I had anything there. I responded, no, I used it for practice. I didn't really keep anything there.
I realized, much to my utter horror, that I could have been keeping all of my little coding projects and all of my code notes in one spot. Things that I've come up with and used for automation, small scripts I've written to help collect data out of a database, all lost to time.
I imagine that some folks have figure this out already. I probably know a lot of people who have great github accounts. Danny Dainton comes to mind as I was recently using his Postman repo.
The other great thing to use github for is Gists. It's like notepad, but better because you can keep collections of Gists for use, and it's all accessible from the internet.
Additionally, it lets me keep track of repos that I'm interested in and users that write some cool things.
So, dear tester, get out there and make your own github account if you haven't already. I don't have a lot in mine right now, but I plan on changing that over the next year or so. It's never too late to git started.