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GitHub Code Management Platform

Since 2008, GitHub has been providing code management solutions as part of an integrated platform for distributed teams. GitHub brings additional features to Git, which enables teams to use non-linear workflows while building code with distributed version control and line-of-code change management. GitHub is a subsidiary of Microsoft and offers Enterprise, Team, Pro, and Free Accounts depending on the size of the organization or development team.

GitHub’s features include:

  • Version Control and Bug Tracking
  • Feature Requests and Team Collaboration
  • Task Management and authoring the Knowledge Base and/or Documentation

By leveraging the power of Git, GitHub improves code quality, speeds up code release cycles, and tracks all changes from team members situated all over the world. Currently, GitHub hosts over one-hundred million repositories with more than 37 million users registered. This makes GitHub the largest source-code hosting service in the world.

Git and GitHub

Git arose in 2005 as a tool to replace BitKeeper for version control during updates to the Linux Kernel when other solutions were too slow. The tool is distributed as free and open-source software from its inception in December 2005.

The design criteria for Git included:

  • Non-Linear Development Support
  • Toolkit-based Software Design
  • Compatibility with Existing Protocols such as HTTP, FTP, and plain socket or secure shell transfer
  • Large Project and File Handling
  • Support for Distributed Development Teams

GitHub bundles all of these features into a single platform that improves the CI/CD Application Lifecycles for DevOps Teams.

GitHub Code Review

For code reviews, GitHub allows teams to comment directly inside the code repositories using inline comments. Developers can request reviews from other team members by including the users in a pull request. As each pull request generates a branch in the code repository, GitHub tracks the changes to the source code line-by-line, and the comments included in each copy of the branch. If anything changes, the diff view highlights every update for all team members.

The GitHub Code Review features include:

  • History tracking for every commit, comment, or reference line by line
  • Side-by-Side diff views for every line-of-code that’s changed
  • Blame views that show the complete history of change for a single file

GitHub supports enhanced permission control, securing branches with read and write rights. This limits who can push updates and improves the integrity of the code. Additionally, a Status API can enforce checking before enabling any merges between branches.

 

GitHub Project Management

With extensive task management features, GitHub manages all projects and team activities from a central location. Using cards for Kanban or Scrum development methodologies, you can assign tasks for each portion of your project.

GitHub’s project management features include:

  • Setting up projects and milestones for merge control
  • Comment and review moderation
  • Assigning team members to tasks using @handles
  • Capture notes and record issues for new features or bug fixes

The ability to also setup up group policies and community guidelines, including permissions and access rights, ensures you retain complete control over your project. With GitHub, you can track multiple projects, share your team’s achievements, and explore similar projects within the community.

GitHub Pages and Wikis

GitHub hosts documentation directly in the repositories, allowing you to publish documentation along with your code. As GitHub doesn’t differentiate between code or document files, all the change tracking that applies to code is also available for documentation.

Additionally, in order to publish knowledge bases or entire guides for your code, GitHub supports wiki pages hosted as entire repositories. Using GitHub pages, you can maintain all information supporting your software in a single place with all the history no matter what kind of markdown language you prefer.

GitHub and ReleaseTEAM Drives the Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Pipeline

GitHub enables you to host all your repositories in a single place, protects every branch with permissions, and improves how you package and release your code. No matter what your DevOps workflows look like, the powerful features delivered by GitHub will speed up your delivery cycles and increase your code’s integrity.

For over 20 years, ReleaseTEAM has provided Software Development expertise for every aspect of the CI/CD Application Lifecycle. With services that include mentoring, staff augmentation, software sales and support, ReleaseTEAM is a recognized leader in the DevOps revolution.

Contact us on (866) 887-0489 or info@releaseteam.com today to speak to an expert about your next DevOps project.

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