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Moodle on your Windows laptop with Git (for dummies!)

One huge advantage Moodle has over locked-in commercial products is that,  being open source, anyone can download it and learn it, practise it or play with it on their laptops, computers or i-devices. If you are a non-technical Moodler and you use Windows there is an “all-in-one”  package that basically sets everything up for you. You can download Moodle onto your Windows pc from this link.

But while that is easy to set up, it is a bit of a bind to update if you want it regularly updated. That might not matter for most Moodlers who just want Moodle on “local host” and don’t want or need to get newer versions more than once or twice a year if that. But what if you want to be at the cutting edge? Moodle is updated every week and fixes/improvements are available all the time. This is where Git comes in handy.  It allows users not only to easily download and update their Moodles but also to share improvements with others. The trouble is, it is so powerful that for non-technical people  it seems very complicated. To some, it’s a huge jungle of tall trees with overhanging branches; to others, it’s an infinite railway track with branch lines forking off all over the country. There are different ways of achieving the same ends. and  when you explore it. you run the risk of being given information you didn’t really need to know for what you want to do.   It has a language and protocols of its own and I don’t understand any of them. Yet.

I got a case of Git-itis myself where I got confused by the many ways of doing this, the various “commands” and information overload.  Maybe in future months I will want to do all the other fancy stuff, but for the time being I just want to use it to keep Moodle up to date on my Windows laptop every week. So here is ONE way of getting Moodle onto a Windows laptop and being able to keep it updated. I am using a site called Github actually. This doesn’t pretend to be the best , quickest or purest way  -but it works! There is also some documentation here if you prefer to read rather than watch videos.

I have now got Moodle 2.2, 2.3 and the latest 2.4 by this method. What I want to learn next is:

  1. how to get changes made by others in between times (so I can help testing) – and –
  2. how I can install this way on my online server rather than asking my kind host to do all my upgrades for me.

That will  involves a journey into the jungle (or down the track!)

Dieser Beitrag wurde am Monday, 20. August 2012 um 01:41 Uhr veröffentlicht und wurde unter der Kategorie Moodle abgelegt. Du kannst die Kommentare zu diesen Eintrag durch den RSS-Feed verfolgen. Du hast die Möglichkeit einen Kommentar zu hinterlassen, oder einen Trackback von deinem Weblog zu senden.

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