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The 10 Coolest Open-Source Software Tools Of 2021 (So Far)

Wade Tyler Millward

CRN’s list of 10 coolest open-source tools in 2021 so far include python-based restore tooling from Aiven and cloud-use cost visibility from Stackwatch.

GitHub Actions

Launched in 2018, this automation tool for the Microsoft subsidiary aims to speed up code writing and code deployment. Developers have used Actions for continuous integration (CI), GitHub Staff Developer Advocate Brian Douglas told ProgrammableWeb.com in an interview earlier this year. Actions has also helped expose more developers to GitHub application programming interfaces (APIs).

“What was really great is seeing the adoption of Actions in open source,” Douglas said in the interview. “So things like getting Ruby on Rails projects up and running with GitHub Actions. There‘s a lot of great examples, a lot of great blog posts from the community mentors, from open source maintainers of very large projects. And the beauty of that is that those actions are all open-sourced. So, if I want to ship a Rails project today, I can go to the Rails repo and see how they’re leveraging Actions.”

GitHub Actions supports any programming language and every major operating system (OS). Users receive live logs, a built-in secret store and multi-container testing.

Capability updates to Actions this year include GitHub Mobile gaining Actions deployment reviews, Beta API approving workflow runs from public forks of first-time contributors and the general availability of environments, environment protection rules and environment secrets.

 
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Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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