Introducing GitHub Marketplace and more tools to customize your workflow

Introducing GitHub Marketplace and more tools to customize your workflow

29689637083_a022ab8a17_kToday, we’re building on our launches at GitHub Universe 2016—making it easier than ever to evolve and customize your workflow. Find integrations and put them to work in minutes with GitHub Marketplace, pair developer tools and fine-grained repository permissions with GitHub Apps, or build the exact tool you need with a new, production-ready version of our GraphQL API. Together, these tools give you everything you need to set up a custom workflow that grows with your goals.

GitHub Marketplace is a new way to discover and purchase tools that extend your workflow. Find apps to use across your development process, from continuous integration to project management and code review. Then start using them without setting up multiple accounts or payment methods. More than a dozen integrators have apps in GitHub Marketplace today, including Travis CI, Appveyor, Waffle, ZenHub, Sentry, and Codacy—with more coming soon!

Browse Marketplace or share what you’ve built with the GitHub community.

GitHub Apps

GitHub Apps (formerly Integrations) is now out of pre-release, giving you more control over what you build. As first-class actors, GitHub Apps take actions themselves directly through the API—no user impersonation (or user seat) required—and they have granular permissions to access only the content they need. Install them on an organization or user account, then give them access to the repositories of your choice. Learn more.

GitHub GraphQL API

The GitHub GraphQL API is fresh out of its Early Access program. Create your own tools with greater access to data than ever before using the same API that we use to build GitHub. Ask for the exact data you need in a single request and get updates in real time—no more hitting multiple endpoints or waiting for new ones after a feature has been released.

Get started with the GitHub GraphQL API documentation.

Recent updates

In addition to these new releases, we have a few more platform updates to share:

A new Git and GitHub integration for Atom is ready for your desktops. The integration provides first-class Git functionality and access to GitHub workflows without leaving your favorite editor. Try it out

The new GitHub Desktop Beta is now available. It’s built on Electron and offers a unified experience across operating systems. Best of all, it’s open source. Developers and teams can now customize and contribute to the client by adding features and extending to other operating systems. Get the app for Mac or PC


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VMware and Open Source: A Commitment To Innovation And Collaboration

VMware and Open Source: A Commitment To Innovation And Collaboration


Across all major industries, open source software is increasingly woven into the fabric of enterprise IT. It finds its way into infrastructure tools such as Docker, OpenStack, and Kubernetes. It’s also in workload delivery frameworks, management tools, and a host of open source technologies that are deeply embedded in critical functions up and down the value chain. When consumers book flights or post to Facebook, for example, they’re using open source tools whether they know it or not.


VMware and the Open Source Community

VMware has contributed to open source projects for years, including the Linux kernel, Cloud Foundry, and OpenStack. And the company remains active on the Open vSwitch project, a popular open source tool, currently under the stewardship of the Linux Foundation.

VMware-open-sourceOpen source has been part of VMware throughout its history, but recently the company has placed a renewed emphasis on its importance by hiring Dirk Hohndel, a well-known open source leader, to be the company’s chief open source officer. Additionally, VMware upgraded its status in the Linux Foundation to gold—a level which more accurately reflects the company’s activities, investment, and commitment to open source. Following that membership change, the Linux Foundation announced on April 18 that Dirk Hohndel is now an elected Board member.

“In the past, VMware has been active in open source software, but today we have much bigger goals and higher aspirations,” says Hohndel. “This is a long-term commitment, and it starts with becoming more active, remaining humble, and creating a positive impact on the community.”


Because It’s Free

As interest in open source software from enterprise CIOs continues to grow, Hohndel notes that addressing misconceptions is part of his role.

“I hear people say, ‘I’m doing open source software because it’s free,’ which isn’t true,” says Hohndel. “Yes, you can get free resources, but scaling to production is an expensive process requiring significant capital and expertise. With open source development, you’re often trading off capital expenditures against operational expenditures, but either way, there is a cost.”

“The way to be influential and relevant in the open source community is to make meaningful contributions that benefit everyone.” – Dirk Hohndel

As companies gain expertise in open source tools, they may grow more independent and confident in making technology decisions. Rushing into open source projects, however, can prove expensive.

“I caution CIOs to be careful about ‘hot’ technologies unless they have a comprehensive plan going in. Containers are fantastic if want you want to run 12 on a single machine, but if you’re running 10,000 of them, with redundancy, over a large geographical area, it is a different problem to solve,” explains Hohndel. In another example he mentions “a customer who adopted OpenStack as a solution, assuming it would be quick and easy. The project began with three people, but after five months it ballooned to 12 full-time staff—and they still weren’t close to an internal beta.”


Innovation and Collaboration

Open source projects are, by nature, both innovative and collaborative. It’s not uncommon for companies to use open source software as a foundation and build on top of it. Red Hat software, originally built on Linux, is perhaps the best known example.

“Innovation is part of VMware’s DNA, so it’s exciting for us to engage with the open source community, not only to learn but also to contribute our expertise and create value. The way to be influential and relevant in the open source community is to make meaningful contributions that benefit everyone.”

Today, open source software plays a significant role at VMware. Like many large enterprises, the company’s products are built on hundreds of open source components. Ensuring these technologies are used in compliance with their licenses, are up to date, and integrate seamlessly with other systems is critical. The company not only uses these components, but also contributes code, becoming part of the community of innovation that keeps open source projects healthy and thriving.

“As we use these components, we are also increasingly releasing our own open source projects that other companies rely on,” says Hohndel. “This enlarges our engagement with the technologies that are transforming the enterprise data center, giving us a seat at the table when people want to discuss the IT infrastructure of the future.”


Long-term Commitment

In order for VMware to remain a key software partner for its customers, the company is committed to open source projects. Hohndel notes that this commitment is backed by senior leadership and has been well-received across the company.

“We need to engage with a broad set of perspectives about VMware and open source software. That means connecting with people where they are, whether they’re skeptical and concerned or enthusiastic and supportive,” says Hohndel. “If we do that well, we’ll provide better value to our customers and to the open source community as a whole.”


Article courtesy of VMWareVoice at Forbes.

LimeBike Raises $12M From Andreessen To Solve The ‘Last Mile’ Problem

LimeBike Raises $12M From Andreessen To Solve The ‘Last Mile’ Problem

Lime Bike

When Andreessen-Horowitz partner Jeff Jordan goes from his Portola Valley home to San Francisco, he avoids driving as much as possible. Sometimes, he’ll drive close to the city and then take an Uber or Lyft to get around. Other times, he’ll drive the Daly City BART and then use public transit. But always there’s that lingering issue: traveling that last mile to his destination.

It’s this need for better forms of transit to travel that last mile that got Jordan interested in LimeBike, a San Mateo-based bike-sharing startup founded by venture capitalists Toby Sun and Brad Bao.

Photo credited to LimeBike on Forbes.

On Tuesday, LimeBike announced completing a $12-million Series a round led by Andreessen and including investments from IDG, DCM and Immersion Ventures. Sun and Bao will do a soft launch of LimeBike in the Bay Area in early April (the exact date is TBD).

Here’s how it works:

The key to what makes LimeBike different from other popular bike-share programs is that, in theory at least, it won’t rely on centralized hubs. Instead, there will be many parking spots scattered across the city, and using the LimeBike app you can locate where to pick up the bike and where you can leave it closest to your destination. The cost of a single ride will be $1. LimeBike claims that the low cost of individual rides could boostthe number of rides people take, and thereby ultimately increase revenue.



“If all of the sudden you take the friction out of the bike experience and make the bikes more convenient, better located and cheaper, I think it could really take off,” Jordan says. The global bike share industry could be worth upwards of $6 billion by 2020, according to a report by Roland Berger Consultancy. But right now, just 1% of trips taken in the U.S. are done by bike.

One of the biggest challenges for LimeBike going forward will likely be theft prevention, especially since they won’t be stored at secure docks. The only theft-prevention tools will be onboard GPS (for easy tracking if it gets stolen), parts that aren’t easily compatible with other bikes and a lock on the rear wheel. Jordan acknowledges that this is a risk with backing LimeBike.

“We’ve made some bets on human nature before.” he says. “With Airbnb we thought, will strangers’ staying in people’s homes really work? It’s a leap we’re taking.”

Article courtesy of Shelby Carpenter at Forbes.