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What is Shopware 6?

Shopware 6 is a modern ecommerce platform connecting enterprise-level capabilities with flexibility. The platform is fully customizable and expandable with additional features or a custom layout. Shopware 6 is also suitable for small and medium online companies allowing them to implement a shop in a short time based on out-of-the-box features and ready-to-use plugins. 

Shopware 6 is an open-source technology using an MIT license, allowing the community to modify and redistribute the platform with no restrictions. Nowadays, building a broad and active community around technology is crucial. It speeds up the code of the platform. As a software project grows, version control becomes essential. 

What Is GitHub?

GitHub is a for-profit company that offers a cloud-based Git repository hosting service. Essentially it makes it easier for individuals and teams to use Git for version control and collaboration. Additionally, anyone can sign up and host a public code repository for free, which makes GitHub especially popular with open-source projects. 

As a company, GitHub makes money by selling hosted private code repositories and other business-focused plans that make it easier for organizations to manage team members and security. For example, we utilize Github extensively at Kinsta to manage and develop internal projects. According to a Stack Overflow developer survey, over 87% developers use Git. 

For Shopware projects, you can work as a team where there are 3-5 Frontend developers and 2-3 Back-end developers, depending on the size of the project. You can use Git (GitHub) to merge the project without having to transfer the files manually. Additionally, you can save the project, the preliminary versions of the project and all changes, at the same time. Nowadays, GitHub is mandatory to be used by all developers in the web development field. 

Basic Git commands

To use Git, developers use specific commands to copy, create, change, and combine code. These commands can be executed directly from the command line or by using an application like GitHub Desktop.  

Here are some common commands for using Git: 

git init initializes a brand-new Git repository and begins tracking an existing directory. It adds a hidden subfolder within the existing directory that houses the internal data structure required for version control. 

git clone creates a local copy of a remotely existing project. The clone includes all the project’s files, history, and branches. 

git add stages a change. Git tracks changes to a developer’s codebase, but it’s necessary to stage and take a snapshot of the changes to include them in the project’s history. This command performs staging, the first part of that two-step process. Any staged changes will become a part of the next snapshot and the project’s history. Staging and committing separately gives developers complete control over the history of their project without changing how they code and work. 

git commit saves the snapshot to the project history and completes the change-tracking process. In short, a commit functions like taking a photo. Anything that has been staged with git add will become a part of the snapshot with git commit. 

git status shows the status of changes as untracked, modified, or staged. 

git branch shows the branches being worked on locally. 

git merge merges lines of development. This command is typically used to combine changes made on two distinct branches. For example, a developer would merge when they want to combine changes from a feature branch into the main branch for deployment. 

git pull updates the local line of development with updates from its remote counterpart. Developers use this command if a teammate has made commits to a branch on a remote, and they would like to reflect those changes in their local environment. 

git push updates the remote repository with any commits made locally to a branch.  

If you want to build your own web shop or have questions relating to e-commerce development platforms or apps, read our blog posts for Shopify and Shopware. Our dedicated outsourcing team can be your collaborator in e-commerce. 

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