Today at GitHub Universe in San Francisco, the open source code repository company announced a new ‘Actions’ service described by head of platform Sam Lambert as the most significant feature for its community since pull requests, while other executives asserted the company’s independent status ahead of its expected buyout approval from Microsoft this week.
Actions will help users build and deploy containerised projects on GitHub or external systems without having to run the code themselves, and will be a boon to developers who want to speed up or automate their workflows.
The company explained in an announcement: “GitHub Actions allows you to connect and share containers to run your software development workflow. Easily build, package, release, update, and deploy your project in any language, on GitHub or any external system, without having to run code yourself.
“By applying open source principles to workflow automation, GitHub Actions empowers you to pair the tools and integrations you use with your own custom actions or those shared by the GitHub community… Develop and share actions to automate any task your projects require.”
Senior VP of technology Jason Warner opened the conference by recapping the recent history of the company and provided some fairly staggering user figures: 8 million GitHub Enterprise users, 2 million active users on Atom, 1.1 billion contributions this year, 8 million new developers this year. Head of platform Sam Lambert added that GitHub runs on 40,000 CPU cores with 5.4 petabytes of data, transferring 100 Gigabits per second.
While Actions was the big announcement of the day, the company also announced an update to security vulnerability alerts with Java and .NET both now supported, immediate today. And the GitHub Security Advisory API will allow developers to integrate advisory notices into their applications.
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