GitHub has announced a new version of its desktop client, with a bunch of features that developers everywhere will love.
The service, acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion in 2018, has been a cornerstone for anyone looking to develop, well, just about anything, thanks to a plethora of extremely useful tools.
While some developers might not like the new algorithmic flow, version 3.0 promises plenty of feature upgrades and improvements on the desktop.
The main update, according to GitHub, relates to how the service handles pull requests, an essential part of any developer’s workflow.
“With GitHub Desktop 3.0, you can now see checks on your pull requests to ensure your code is ready for production,” the company explained. “Just click on the badge with the pull request number and start diving into the checks, tasks, and steps to better understand and resolve any issues you may encounter.”
This is part of a larger GitHub move towards using machine learning and AI to help developers spend more time coding and less time fixing bugs and cybersecurity issues – at least those that can be automated.
Developers can use various updates for pull requests, including high signal notifications (which should hopefully reduce some of the noise), notification for failed pull request checks, and pull request revisions.
When Microsoft acquired GitHub, some feared that one of the last bastions of the free and open-source web would be built into its machine. But over time, Microsoft has proven itself to be a worthy custodian of an important and vital tool, as the latest GitHub Desktop 3.0 update shows.
The company says a “small team” is dedicated to maintaining and developing the desktop app, which has over 32,000 engagements and 4,600 pull requests. The GitHub Desktop repository has been forked over 7,700 times to start.