Just over a year after the acquisition of the GitHub (source code hosting platform with version control) by Microsoft – in a gigantic transaction of $ 7.5 billion – finally the company gave the first big shake-up to leverage the platform when launching your first mobile app.
The novelty, which is in beta for iOS, offers some basic features like sharing comments in discussions, reviewing code descriptions and posting new topics.
According to the GitHub team, the focus of the app is on the features that users would use most on a mobile device, rather than replicating the full platform experience – although on the iPad, the extra space and support for mice and keyboards can still help. more in that use.
There’s a lot you can do on GitHub that doesn’t require a complex development environment, like sharing comments in a design discussion and reviewing a few lines of code. Now, we are making it easier to perform these tasks, no matter where you work, with a wonderfully native experience.
According to GitHub’s vice president of engineering, Dana Lawson, the company was already “flirting” with the idea of creating an app, but it was never “the right time”. As people are now spending more time on their mobile devices, even for professional tasks, the platform had to run to keep up with the needs of its users.
If you are interested in joining the beta testers GitHub, just sign up on the platform (if you don’t already have a registration) to access the GitHub community TestFlight. Android users, on the other hand, will have to wait a little longer to start testing the app (however registration for the waiting list is already open).
In addition to an app, GitHub also announced some news for its platform, such as improved notifications and new features for browsing, searching, code review and scheduling reminders. Furthermore, the GitHub Actions (a feature similar to Siri Shortcuts, but for programming) now automate tasks like creating and updating code even faster.
Finally, the company announced a new version of the GitHub Enterprise Server, platform for business use.