A pull request is a feature of GitHub and other source code management tools that allow a repository’s collaborators to review and give feedback on proposed code changes before they are accepted and merged to another branch, usually the main branch. Each pull request creates a discussion forum that can be used by reviewers and authors alike to highlight or add comments to a single line of code or chunk of code, add videos or images, etc.
Going through the pull request process can increase group knowledge, improve product quality, and develop professional skills through group critique.
Creating a good pull request can increase the chances of having your changes being accepted by the collaborators. Follow the steps below to properly structure your pull request, which can make it easier for reviewers to understand your proposed changes and receive their feedback quicker:
Rebasing is moving the base of a branch onto a different position. It is used to simplify the Git history of a repository. The advantage of using Git rebase over Git merge is that we can create a linear history of changes and reduce merge commits, but rebase should be done carefully.
The settings page of a GitHub repository allows us to customize and change many options that can take our repository to the next level.
When pushing our project to GitHub, there are often files we do not want to be shared with others. A .gitignore file is used to specify which files or folders we want Git to ignore when staging. Follow the steps below to include this file in your GitHub project, which can result in cleaner staging areas and prevent sensitive information from accidentally being pushed.
/at the end of directory names
# An example Java gitignore file# Compiled class file*.class# Log file*.log# BlueJ files*.ctxt# Mobile Tools for Java (J2ME).mtj.tmp/# Package Files #*.jar*.war*.nar*.ear*.zip*.tar.gz*.rar