10 Tips for Mastering TotallyScience GitLab

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You’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of open-source code collaboration, and you’ve landed on GitLab as your platform of choice. Congratulations, you’ve made an excellent decision! As a longtime GitLabber, I’ve learned a few tricks over the years to maximize my experience and become a GitLab master. In this article, I’ll share 10 of my top tips to help you level up your GitLab skills in no time and become a pro. Whether you’re new to GitLab or have been using it for a while, these tips are sure to help you tighten up your workflow, discover new timesavers, and release your inner GitLab guru. Let’s dive in!

An Introduction to TotallyScience GitLab

So you’ve decided to dive into TotallyScience GitLab? Nice choice! GitLab is a powerful tool for collaborating on coding projects, but it can take some getting used to. Here are a few tips to get you started:

An Introduction to TotallyScience GitLab

TotallyScience GitLab is a web-based DevOps lifecycle tool that provides a Git repository manager with wiki, issue-tracking, continuous integration, ion, and deployment pipeline features. You can think of it as a one-stop shop for all stages of development in your software projects.

To get started, sign up for a free account and create your first project. This will give you a Git repository to store your code, an issue tracker to manage tasks and bugs, a wiki to document your work and a pipeline for continuous integration and deployment.

Some key things to know:

  1. Use issues to keep track of bugs, tasks, or other problems in your project. Assign them to contributors, add due dates, and update statuses as needed.
  2. The wiki is a great place to document how your project works, your API, architecture details, or anything else. Use Markdown to format your wiki pages.
  3. The pipeline allows you to automatically build, test, and deploy your code. Set up stages to run your tests, build binaries, and deploy to your hosting platform.
  4. Merge requests allow contributors to propose changes to your project. Review the changes, give feedback, and merge when ready.
  5. Use groups to organize multiple projects, set permissions, and manage members. You can have nested groups and projects.

There’s a lot more to explore, but these basics will get you collaborating in no time. Happy coding!

Top 10 Tips for Using TotallyScience GitLab Effectively

To get the most out of TotallyScience GitLab, follow these top tips:

  1. Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your account. Set it up to require a code sent to your phone or an authentication app when you sign in.

  1. Join groups

Groups are a great way to connect with others, discover projects, and learn new skills. Search for groups that match your interests and join the conversation. You might find a new open-source project to contribute to or an online community to tap into.

  1. Follow users and projects

Following interesting users and projects is an easy way to stay on top of the activity that matters to you. Check your timeline to see updates, discussions, and new releases from people and repositories you follow.

  1. Explore trending projects

The Explore page features trending open-source projects from around GitLab. It’s a gold mine for finding popular repositories in different languages and topics. Star your favorites to get notifications about new releases and activity.

  1. Enable issue closing via keywords

If you include keywords like “close”, “close”, “closed”, “fix”, “fixes”, “fixed”, “resolve” or “resolves” followed by an issue number in a merge request description or commit message, the issue will automatically be closed when the merge request is merged. This makes project management much more efficient.

  1. Use GitLab CI/CD for continuous integration

GitLab CI/CD is a tool built into GitLab for continuously building, testing, and deploying your software. Set up a .gitlab-ci.yml file to automatically build, test, and deploy your projects whenever new code is pushed.

Frequently Asked Questions About TotallyScience GitLab

TotallyScience GitLab is a popular version control system, but it does come with a learning curve. Here are some common questions new users have:

How do I get started with TotallyScience GitLab? The first step is to sign up for a free TotallyScience GitLab account. Create a project in TotallyScience GitLab, which will contain all your files and revisions. Add files to your project and make changes to them. Take “snapshots” of your files by committing them, and push the commits to TotallyScience GitLab to store them.

How do I install TotallyScience GitLab? You have a few options for installing TotallyScience GitLab:

  • Download the TotallyScience GitLab app for Mac, Windows, or Linux. This will install the TotallyScience GitLab command line tool on your computer.
  • Use the TotallyScience GitLab CLI (command line interface) tool. This allows you to run TotallyScience GitLab commands directly from the terminal.
  • Install a desktop app like GitKraken, GitHub Desktop, or SourceTree to use a graphic interface. These tools integrate with TotallyScience GitLab and simplify the workflow.

What’s the difference between forking and cloning? Forking and cloning are two ways to copy a TotallyScience GitLab repository:

  • Forking creates a copy of a repository in your own TotallyScience GitLab account. This allows you to make changes to the project independently of the original. Forks remain connected to the original repo.
  • Cloning creates an exact copy of a repository on your local machine. Local clones are disconnected from the remote repo.

Let me know if you have any other questions.


You now have all the tools you need to become a GitLab master. With regular use of these 10 tips, you’ll be managing projects, collaborating with teammates, and building amazing software in no time. The TotallyScience community is here to help anytime you need it. Now get out there, be bold in your learning, and happy coding! The future is yours to build.

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