Synopses & Reviews
You use GitHub all day long as a developer. Now learn how to use GitHub as a power user. Learn the ins and outs of the GitHub API using many of the most popular programming languages. Supercharge your development with command line shortcuts. Each chapter digs deep into an important technology from the GitHub ecosystem with examples to accelerate your usage of those features and programmatically automate your developer tools. Along the way, align yourself with the famed GitHub culture to streamline your developer workflow.
For your next project on GitHub, take advantage of the service's powerful API to meet your unique development requirements. This practical guide shows you how to build your own software tools for customizing the GitHub workflow. Each hands-on chapter is a compelling story that walks you through the tradeoffs and considerations for building applications on top of various GitHub technologies.
If you're an experienced programmer familiar with GitHub, you'll learn how to build tools with the GitHub API and related open source technologies such as Jekyll (site builder), Hubot (NodeJS chat robot), and Gollum (wiki).
- Build a simple Ruby server with Gist API command-line tools and Ruby's "Octokit" API client
- Use the Gollum command-line tool to build an image management application
- Build a GUI tool to search GitHub with Python
- Document interactions between third-party tools and your code
- Use Jekyll to create a fully-featured blog from material in your GitHub repository
- Create an Android mobile application that reads and writes information into a Jekyll repository
- Use Hubot to automate pull request reviews
About the Author
Chris Dawson is an ex-employee of several notable companies (Apple, RealNetworks and Virage) and igniter of several mostly failed startups. He's also a proud native Portlander, and enjoys time with his wife and new baby, scheming for a 30 hour day. Chris notes that his ten-month-old son is full of wonder, but worries that we have lost the capacity to wonder now that Google is accessible on cell phones. He is a fan of personal growth work, no matter how painful or weird. As such, he finds he learns something new about himself every time he pens (or taps out) a blog entry.