|Oh My Git! The Game|
|Written by Nikos Vaggalis|
|Friday, 19 March 2021|
Learn how to use Git with this fun, interactive game which takes you from being a complete newbie to efficient expert by covering everything you are likely to need.
Oh My Git! takes an unusual approach. Instead of being offered as an online playground it ships as multi-platform, self-contained, binaries including git-bash!
I installed the Windows version and despite the cavet that it's still under development and laggy under this OS I didn't notice anything annoying.
Oh My Git! is an interactive game for learning how to use Git, addressed to total beginners. You won't be a beginner after you finish the game though, since while it starts with the bare basics it steadily moves on to the more advanced features like rebasing, merging, pushing, pulling, tagging and so on. In other words it covers the essentials and most popular scenarios for day-to-day activities.
As far as the game itself is concerned, its main asset is that it visualizes the user's git actions. For example, whenever I commit on the main branch, a square appears that represents my commit and links back hierarchically to the other commits, with the freshest commit being the closest to the head of the branch.
The commands can be performed either in command line or visually by utilizing the command play cards which when played run the command for you instead of you having to type it. It's a good approach for those who learn best visually and, of course, for those that can't remember commands off the top of their head.
The pattern of working through the game is that you have a file(s) which you amend according to the instructions appearing on the right side of the screen. For instance, as seen in the screenshot below, the first step of the task to take is to do a git pull either by playing the card or typing it. Then you have to open the students file and type in your name, then save it. Every time you complete a step it turns from red to green on the right side of the screen. Finally you commit. Every step on the way is visualized so that you get to understand how the sequence of events take place.
The main levels of the game that you get to play are :
Each level comes with multiple tasks and each task is split into subsequent steps.
Since the game is open source and hosted on GitHub you can clone it and create your own levels by doing the following:
All in all, Oh My Git! is an intuitive game that really teaches you Git. On the support forums some users have been pondering "Where Was This Game When I Switched From Mercurial??".
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