Git Much? The Top 10 Companies Contributing to Open Source

When it comes to a developer’s work space, you will tend to find many open tabs with different sites which fall under task management tools. Think Asana, Slack, Trello, and others. The one question you have to ask your team is which tool could they not live without.

Hands down, every developer will say GitHub.

Most people know that GitHub is a code sharing and publishing service, or that it’s a sort of social networking site for programmers. Both statements are true, but neither explain exactly why GitHub is so special.

GitHub is a repository hosting service, but it adds many of its own features. While Git is a version control system tool for managing the development of source code across multiple developers, GitHub provides us with a web-based graphical interface that is more accessible. It also provides access control and several collaboration features, such as a wikis and basic task management tools for every project.

GitHub has added a staging platform that lets developers share prototypes, collaborate on projects, edit and build upon each others’ code, and give stakeholders a chance to take in-progress work on a test run.

Boiled down, Git is a web-based platform for working on projects, and GitHub brings those projects to life.

Open Source Goes Mainstream

In the past, most people treated GitHub as an underground community where open source programmers shared their work and engaged with fellow programmers. Boy were those people wrong. Currently, most of the software giants are the biggest and most active contributors on GitHub on a daily basis.

In late October, Felipe Hoffa of Google published an excellent data analysis detailing which GitHub users contributed the most to open source repositories in 2017. In his article you will be a bit shocked that the most active GitHub users actually (Read more...)

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