Tightening up

Apache ups GitHub integration potential

Lucy Carey

Following a “mind-boggling” debugging marathon, Apache Software Foundation declares GitHub infrastructure integration better than ever, with some cool new features.


In their own individual ways, the Apache Software Foundation and GitHub have been important pillars of the open source revolution. And, with so many OSS developers working between the two infrastructures, it’s crucial that the work experience is as seamless as possible – something that’s been boosted today with the announcement of tighter integration between the two.

The ASF wrote on their site that, following a marathon few weeks of tooling away and “mind-boggling” debugging, they were happy to break the news that integration between Apache and GitHub is now “tighter” and “smarter”.

With ultra-fast, sleek development the name of the game in 2014, closer meshing of GitHub / Apache workflows is a very helpful development. It follows a widely applauded revamp on the part of GitHub last summer to to clear up irritatingly foggy licensing policies, which made it difficult to associate projects with their particular license from the very outset, leading to confusion and unwitting unlawful forks down the line.

To this effect, they’ve added in a host of new features which will ensure higher levels of replication and retention of whatever you’re working on over at GitHub. This will allow for greater control over what goes on within your projects. It also means that everything that happens in the project development process will be logged – regardless of whether it happens on ASF hardware or off-site on GitHub.

Moreover, any Pull Request that gets “opened, closed, reopened, or commented on”  is recorded on the project’s mailing list. For projects with JIRA instances, any PRs or comments on PRs that include a JIRA ticket ID will automatically trigger an update on the ticket in question. Finally, responding to a GitHub comment on the [email protected] mailing list will trigger a comment being placed on GitHub.

Being the considerate souls that they are, the ASF have made this available on an opt-in basis. If you’d like your cross-platform project to run a little more smoothly, Apache request that you contact infrastructure by filing a JIRA ticket with the component set to Git, and stating which of these shiny new features you’d like to see enabled for your project.

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