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GitHub Rewrites its Desktop Client Using Electron

by Sergio De Simone on  May 16, 2017 3

GitHub moved away from the native implementations of its macOS and Windows clients and replaced them with a complete rewrite based on Electron, announced GitHub’s director of client applications Phil Haack. Along with GitHub Desktop Beta, GitHub has also introduced a new beta of Atom sporting out-of-the-box Git and GitHub Integration. InfoQ has spoken with Haack.

Git Continues to Improve Security and UI in Version 2.13

by Sergio De Simone on  May 15, 2017

The latest release of Git introduces many changes aimed to improve its user interface, while also fixing two significant vulnerabilities.

Jenkins Gets a Facelift with Release of Blue Ocean 1.0

by Craig Smith on  Apr 25, 2017

Jenkins, the popular open source automation server that is used by development teams worldwide for continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines, has recently announced the general availability of Blue Ocean 1.0.

CodePlex Shuts Down; Migration to GitHub Recommended

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2017

Microsoft has decided to stop providing free hosting services for open source projects via CodePlex. Instead they have recommend moving to GitHub or other hosting providers.

GitHub Steps Up to Recognizing Developers' Creative Rights

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 22, 2017

GitHub’s Balanced Employee Intellectual Property agreement (BEIPA) is an attempt to strike a new balance to assign developers more rights on their intellectual creation outside of work. By making it an open source project, GitHub also hopes to make it reusable and open to outside contributions.

GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2017

GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories. InfoQ spoke with Brandon Keepers, GitHub’s Head of Open Source.

Git 2.11 Improves SHA-1 Name Handling, Performance and More

by Rags Srinivas on  Nov 30, 2016

Git 2.11 improves SHA-1 name handling, performance and more

GitHub New Organization Membership APIs Now in Preview

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 30, 2016

GitHub has introduced new API endpoints to better manage organizations on its platform. A new Outside Collaborators API will enable remote administration of access privileges and user-management.

Open Source Development at the UK Government

by Ben Linders on  Nov 17, 2016 1

New code developed for GOV.UK will be open by default. Coding in the open enables reuse and increases transparency. The UK government wants to provide digital services which are so good that people want to use them; services which are leading to better interaction between the government and citizen.

GitHub Adopts New GraphQL API

by Margot Krouwer on  Oct 12, 2016

GitHub recently introduced at their Github Universe conference the alpha release of their new API, written in Facebook’s GraphQL (a query language that allows for self-service API contracts). GitHub writes in its engineering blog that its main reason for switching API paradigms is lack of scalability with their existing RESTful contracts.

How GitHub Designed its New Load Balancer

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 26, 2016

GitHub has been at work for the last year to develop a new load balancer, the GitHub Load Balancer (GLB), aimed to be able to scale to billions of connections per day running on commodity hardware. GitHub engineers Joe Williams and Theo Julienne explain how GLB was designed.

GitHub Introduces Reviews, Projects, Improved API, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 14, 2016

At GitHub Universe conference in San Francisco, GitHub co-founder and CEO Chris Wansrath announced new tools and features aimed to improve collaboration through formal code reviews and Kanban-like project management. Additionally, GitHub will make it easier to integrate with the platform by launching a public platform roadmap and defining a formal process to solicit feedback and launch updates.

Git 2.10 Improves Push and Worktree Commands, Adds Style Options, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 05, 2016

Recently released Git 2.10 adds a few useful features to push, including more accurate progress info, support for extra options, and an improved --force-with-lease. Additionally, a few new options make working with signatures more convenient, and coloring schemes can use italic and strikethrough styles.

Google BigQuery Now Allows to Query All Open-Source Projects on GitHub

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 08, 2016 2

A full snapshot of more than 2.8 million open source project hosted on GitHub is now available in Google’s BigQuery, Google and GitHub announced. This will make it possible to query almost 2 billion source files hosted on GitHub using SQL.

GitLab 8.9 Adds File Locking, Hardware U2F Support

by David Iffland on  Jun 24, 2016

The release of GitLab 8.9 brings a file locking, a refreshed UI, and hardware-based two-factor authentication. Teaming up with Yubico, developers can now use a hardware YubiKey to automatically authenticate a GitLab session without having to type in a 6-digit TOTP code. In addition, file locking will keep binary assets from getting destroyed during a merge.

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