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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
What is GitLab?
3.
Features of GitLab
4.
Difference between Git and GitLab
4.1.
Why to use GitLab?
5.
Getting started with GitLab
6.
Frequently Asked Questions
6.1.
Why is GitLab better than Jenkins?
6.2.
Is GitLab an alternative to GitHub?
6.3.
What is unique Cloner?
6.4.
What is a fork in GitHub?
7.
Conclusion
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GitLab Guide

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Introduction

Open source platforms which is the result of the technology community. Computer programmers and engineers collaborated from the very beginning. Suppose a programmer creates a new application, then another programmer studies it and comes up with improvements. This knowledge is then shared, which benefits the entire community.

It was founded in 1998 by the non-profit Open Source Initiative (OSI). The organization promotes open source development worldwide and administers open source licenses.

 

In fact, GitLab, GitHub, and bitbucket provide similar kinds of services that allow you to host your project on a remote repository and have some additional features to help in your software development lifecycle.

What is GitLab?

GitLab is an open-source software development platform, and at its core it is a source code management system, but it also offers additional functionality like CI/CD on top of being a source code management system. Managing of projects, sharing of code, documentation services, bug tracking, free open and private repositories, issue-following capabilities, and wikis are some of the features documentation along with CI(continuous integration) and CD(continuous deployment).

GitLab helps team members to reduce product lifecycles and increase productivity, which in turn creates value for customers. You can choose the paid version of GitLab if you want to access more functionalities.

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Features of GitLab

With numerous additional features, GitLab offers a rich repository of Git repositories. The following are a few of GitLab's key features:

  • You can deploy it immediately without having to configure anything, it comes with an inbuilt registry.
  • Including importing huge projects and exporting other codes.
  • Allowing you to fully integrate it with Kubernetes. 
  • A powerful CI/CD pipeline is possible with GitLab.

Difference between Git and GitLab

Git is a version-control system where you use git to keep track of changes made to source code files in a codebase.

Gitlab is a source code management system. You would use GitLab to host git repositories so that they can be shared with other people in your team, similar to how you might upload and share files to dropbox or google drive, you're doing the same with GitLab but for source code.

Why to use GitLab?

  • Gitlab enables collaboration among software teams with the GitLab flow.
  • Gitlab also has built-in CI/CD functionality.
  • Gitlab is highly interoperable, and it can integrate with other tools.

Getting started with GitLab

 

 

STEP-1:

We will go to GitLab.com and create a new account by clicking on the sign up button. You will also find some documentation on the webpage. You must provide a username, an email address, and a password to register. An email confirmation will now be sent to the email address you provided. 
 


 

STEP-2:

Now we have logged in to GitLab. Now, you can see a lot of options and features inside the image. Let us quickly go and create a project. 

There is a project section here, as well as a plus button and a drop-down menu. To start a new project, click the plus button. Hence, I will simply click on this and write the project name and then click on the create project button.
 

 

STEP-3:

After clicking create a new project on GitLab. You are asked to give your project name. I will just name this project as My First Project, and then you can provide some description which is optional. You can keep it private or public, so if you want it to be accessed by anybody without authentication, you can make it public otherwise, keep it private and then click on create a project, and the project has been created.
 


 

You can see a warning at the top which says you won't be able to pull or push project code via SSH until you add an SSH key to your profile. 

We have created our project, and the link you see at the top in the address bar is our project link. You can also go to the “clone with the SSH” section and see the link. There you will see two links - “Clone with SSH” and “Clone with HTTP”. 

So, you can copy it from the address bar, and this will be your project link. This link can be used whenever you want to pull or push. 
 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is GitLab better than Jenkins?

GitLab provides more than what Jenkins hopes to evolve to by providing a fully integrated single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle. More than Jenkins goals, GitLab also includes planning, SCM, release, configuration, packaging, and monitoring (in addition to the CI/CD that Jenkins is focused on).

Is GitLab an alternative to GitHub?

Like GitHub, GitLab is a repository manager that lets teams collaborate on code. Written in Ruby and Go, GitLab offers some similar features for issue tracking and project management as GitHub.

What is unique Cloner?

It's very common to have six or seven unique cloners on almost every public repo because several projects out there routinely clone all public repos. Some organizations do it to scan for API keys or other credentials accidentally made public. 

What is a fork in GitHub?

Forks let you change a project without affecting the original repository. You can fetch updates from or submit changes to the original repository with pull requests.

Conclusion

In this blog, we have seen the basics of GitLab Guide along with its workflow. We also created our first project in GitLab.

We also discussed how to get started with GitHub, how to create your first repository, its workflow and cloning a repository. Refer the following git blogs which will help you learn more about git.

GitHub Guide

Git First Commands

Git Activity commands

Git Change commands 

We hope that this blog has helped you enhance your knowledge about GitLab and if you would like to learn more, check out our articles on the link. Do upvote our blog to help other ninjas grow. Happy Coding!

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