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Giorgio Lasala
Giorgio Lasala

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Boost Your Repository Insights with GitHub Actions 🚀, Codespace 💻 and Mergestat 🔎📙

What I built

I have developed a solution that enables easy integration of the Mergestat within GitHub Codespace. With this integration, users can now seamlessly utilize Mergestat to analyze and track GitHub repositories using SQL queries, without needing to install any tools.
Furthermore, by leveraging GitHub Actions workflows, all the needed data can be collected automatically using scheduled workflows, thereby reducing information gathering times.

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Maintainer Must-Haves: Make the lives of Open Source maintainers easier.

Guidance: Developers can use Codespaces to set up an environment to triage issues and review pull requests. Actions can also be used to build tools and resources to help developers create better documentation.

App Link / Link to Source Code

Permissive License

MIT License

Background (What made you decide to build this particular app? What inspired you?)

My objective in developing these extensions was to create a simple and efficient system for analyzing repositories, which can be easily implemented within one's own GitHub organization. By doing so, users can benefit from quick and accurate insights into their repositories, streamlining their development process and improving overall productivity using open-source tools.

How I built it (How did you utilize GitHub Actions or GitHub Codespaces? Did you learn something new along the way? Pick up a new skill?)

To build this solution, I utilized both GitHub Actions and GitHub Codespaces. Specifically, I created a custom GitHub Actions workflow for data collection, and I configured a GitHub Codespace to execute queries. Along the way, I learned a lot about both tools and discovered new ways to use GitHub Actions in contexts outside of traditional CI/CD pipelines. Moreover, diving into the world of GitHub Codespaces was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the platform's capabilities. In my upcoming detailed post, I'll share screenshots and code to describe each step of the process in more detail.

What is MergeStat

MergeStat is a powerful tool that allows developers to track and analyze data in git repositories and related sources (such as the GitHub API).
Using MergeStat, users can gain valuable insights into their codebase and monitor key metrics using SQL queries to extract relevant data from GitHub repositories, and presents the information also in a user-friendly dashboard, making it easy for developers to identify and address issues in their code.

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