Github is online source code hosting service. It's name Github is derived from the fact that users use the git revision control system to manage their hosted source code. In addition to free source code revision control and hosting, it provides its users with the ability to host minimal webpages and wikis associated with their projects.
Github's popularity is based on the fact that most open source projects that are started by a few people can be hosted on github which offers them the source hosting, their starting webpage and a wiki. That way, potential contributors to a project can use git to pull the newest version of the hosted source code, push patches, changes and other modifications and normally, collaboratively edit source code and other corresponding elements.
The second useful feature is the concept of gists, gists are small snippets of code that a person can share to people, with the ability to pull them with git or edit them online. This is most commonly used when one user wants to share a small snippet of code for the purpose of debugging, showing someone other the solution to a problem or similar. Also, gists can be made private which is an useful feature if an user wants to keep his code private.
Pros & Cons
- Hosting with the use of git revision control system
- Embedded wiki, webpages and gists
- Unlimited public repositories
- Private repositories cannot be created with a free account, the user must purchase a paid plan if he wishes to have a private repository
Tool accessibility test (28 July 2010)
Server Response Time test performed from Seattle, WA / Munich, Germany / Brisbane, Australia : 0.741 sec / 0.638 sec / 2.718 sec
Server Response Time Scale: Less than 0,1 = Optimal; 0,1 - 1 = Acceptable; 1 - 4 = Noticable but tolerable delay; 4 - 8 = Bearly tolerant delay
This tool has no help included on the tool's webpage.
There is no possiblity of changing the type or size of fonts in the tool (it can be done only as a browser functionality).