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Lights, camera, GitHub Action

IONOS blog reveals how GitHub Actions can help software engineers streamline development

Sponsored Post There's nothing quite like GitHub, so no surprise that it's one of the most popular resources available currently for hosting source code.

But GitHub is so much more than just a convenient place to dump your carefully nurtured software, as this blog from IONOS explains. The platform supports both public and private repositories being extensively used for storing, tracking, and collaborating on code development. It's also designed to make it extremely simple for developers to share code files and collaborate with fellow software engineers across multiple projects. GitHub even hosts a thriving social networking site, where coders can link up, collaborate, and showcase their work.

A key ecosystem component is GitHub Actions, which allow coders to create, manage, and run tasks directly on GitHub to help streamline tasks across the development cycle via workflow automation. These efficiency benefits can be further enhanced using specialist automation tools such as IONOS Deploy Now, which uses GitHub actions to automate the tasks associated with deploying your static site, single page app, or PHP project to the server each time you execute a Git Push.

Deploy Now analyses your project and automatically creates a YAML file containing the necessary actions to deploy your project to IONOS shared hosting infrastructure in Europe and North America. This file can be used as is, or it can be easily modified to contain customized actions.

One of the most widely-used, and useful, features of GitHub Actions is defining a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) platform where you can build and test pull requests from a GitHub repository and deploy merged pull requests to production. Devs can also discover, create, and share actions to perform any job.

Actions can manage and operate workflows through a variety of operating systems including Linux, Windows, and macOS. More versatility is available through support for a comprehensive list of coding languages, including C, C++, C#, Go, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Scala, and TypeScript.

You can use GitHub Actions to create custom software development life cycle workflows directly in your GitHub Repository. These actions automatically execute when a specified event occurs, such as when a pull request is opened. You can also use pre-made GitHub Actions or create your own actions.

Using GitHub Actions is logical and straightforward: from your GitHub repository you get started by simply clicking Actions in the toolbar, and from here you can then create a new Workflow. GitHub offers preconfigured starter plans that you can customize or you can also create your own YAML file with GitHub Actions commands. You can view Workflow results by simply clicking on the Workflow name on the GitHub Actions Page.

Want to take GitHub for a test drive? Get started today by learning more about Deploy Now here or creating a sample project.

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