The Visualization Core Lab will host a Version Control using Git for (Data) Scientists workshop.
Visualization lab staff will provide an introduction to version control using Git designed for
learners with little or no previous experience working with automated version control.
Version control is the lab notebook of the digital world: it’s what professionals use to keep
track of what they’ve done and to collaborate with other people. Every large software
development project relies on it, and most programmers use it for their small jobs as well. And
it isn’t just for software: books, papers, small data sets, and anything that changes over time
or needs to be shared can and should be stored in a version control system.
In this workshop we will be using Git from the Unix shell. Some previous experience with the
shell is expected.
Topics covered will include the following.
Automated Version Control
Setting up Git
Creating a Repository
Remotes in GitHub
Using Git from JupyterLab
Using Git from R-Studio
This hands-on lesson is part of the Introduction to Data Science Workshop Series
being offered by the KAUST Research Computing Core Labs as part of our on-going efforts to build
capacity in core data science skills at KAUST. The workshop curriculum largely follows the
curriculum developed by
Software Carpentry, a volunteer project dedicated to helping
researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research
This is a live-coding based workshop and learners are expected to bring their own laptops with
the required software already downloaded and installed.
The course is aimed at graduate students (MSc and PhD), Post-docs, faculty and other research staff at KAUST.
You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a
Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).
Code of Conduct: Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.
Click on "Next" four times (two times if you've previously
installed Git). You don't need to change anything
in the Information, location, components, and start menu screens.
Select "Use the nano editor by default" and click on "Next".
Keep "Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt" selected and click on "Next".
If you forgot to do this programs that you need for the workshop will not work properly.
If this happens rerun the installer and select the appropriate option.
Click on "Next".
Keep "Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings" selected and click on "Next".
Select "Use Windows' default console window" and click on "Next".
Click on "Install".
Click on "Finish".
If your "HOME" environment variable is not set (or you don't know what this is):
Open command prompt (Open Start Menu then type cmd and press [Enter])
Type the following line into the command prompt window exactly as shown:
setx HOME "%USERPROFILE%"
Press [Enter], you should see SUCCESS: Specified value was saved.
Quit command prompt by typing exit then pressing [Enter]
This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.
The default shell in all versions of macOS is Bash, so no
need to install anything. You access Bash from the Terminal
See the Git installation video tutorial
for an example on how to open the Terminal.
You may want to keep
Terminal in your dock for this workshop.
The default shell is usually Bash, but if your
machine is set up differently you can run it by opening a
terminal and typing bash. There is no need to
Git is a version control system that lets you track who made changes
to what when and has options for easily updating a shared or public
version of your code
on github.com. You will need a
You will need an account at github.com
for parts of the Git lesson. Basic GitHub accounts are free. We encourage
you to create a GitHub account if you don't have one already.
Please consider what personal information you'd like to reveal. For
example, you may want to review these
for keeping your email address private provided at GitHub.
For OS X 10.9 and higher, install Git for Mac
by downloading and running the most recent "mavericks" installer from
Because this installer is not signed by the developer, you may have to
right click (control click) on the .pkg file, click Open, and click
Open on the pop up window.
After installing Git, there will not be anything in your /Applications folder,
as Git is a command line program.
For older versions of OS X (10.5-10.8) use the
most recent available installer labelled "snow-leopard"
If Git is not already available on your machine you can try to
install it via your distro's package manager. For Debian/Ubuntu run
sudo apt-get install git and for Fedora run
sudo dnf install git.