An introduction to GitHub in less time than baking a pizza

An introduction to GitHub in less time than baking a pizza

(This blog post is brought to you by reposcore - hassle-free and qualified GitHub repository benchmarks)

Learn why millions of software developers use GitHub repositories and how to identify the good ones on reposcore. Ready? Then put the pizza in the oven - and here we go.

Everyone talks GitHub repositories

Everyone? Well, let’s say that the number of GitHub users and the ones talking about it increases rapidly. With 73 million developers (as of Nov 2021) GitHub is the largest source code host. This is why we developed our first services for GitHub users and offer them on reposcore.

Why does GitHub attract people?

GitHub allows software developers to jointly work on code. GitHub takes care of the version control, offers an issue tracking system, a wiki, automation pipelines, and a lot of other features. The unique selling point of GitHub, however, is the user base. Software developers share their code in 28 million (as of Nov 2021) publicly accessible repositories. Others use the code, add new features or fix bugs. This large community follows the principles of open source, i.e. making software available to everyone.

Watch a short introduction video about GitHub on YouTube (3:32min).

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What is a repository?

The GitHub repository is a container that holds the content of a software project. This includes files of software code, project documentation, and project organization. One of the most important files is readme.md. This page gives an introduction to the software project. In the future, it also contains the reposcore badge which depicts the result of our maturity assessment of the project.

Please watch a short introduction video on repositories on YouTube (1:16min).

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Public versus private repositories

Repositories are defined as public or private. Public repositories can be accessed by everyone on the internet. Private repositories, however, are only visible to people who are explicitly invited to the repository. For detailed information check out docs.github.com.

Many public repositories benefit from an active community of software developers. They follow the principles of open source. This leads to large, complex and sophisticated software projects even without having a strong sponsor in the background. The maturity and quality of those public repositories, however, is like a piece of chocolate: You’ll never know what you get. Sometimes you are lucky and use well-documented, error-free code. Sometimes you make the wrong choice: The code contains bugs, maybe even security threats, and the community cannot be contacted anymore. reposcore sheds light into the dark and help you to make the right choice.

Maturity of public repositories

No matter if you are an open source enthusiast, professional or corporation employee who aims to use a public repository for your project. You are struggling to differentiate mature and professionally managed repositories from amateurishly managed ones. Take advantage of the thorough assessment of reposcore and identify the pearls on GitHub.

This was an introduction to GitHub

By now, you should smell a delicious sent, the cheese should be melted - your pizza is ready! Enjoy! - And visit reposcore!

Enjoy your pizza!