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Full GitHub Actions Course [FREE] 💥📽️🚀

Davide 'CoderDave' Benvegnù
DevOps Architect @ Microsoft 👨‍💻 • YouTuber @ CoderDave 🎥 • Ex MMA fighter 🥊
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In this GitHub Actions Tutorial you will be able to go from zero to hero in 90 minutes. By the end of this course, you will have a deep understanding of the concepts and a great overall big picture of how GitHub Actions works and is used in the whole software development process.

And the best part? It is completely free, and takes only 90 minutes!

The course is a mix of theoretic explanations and hands-on demos to follow along, so you get your first hands-on experience with Actions and feel more confident using it in your projects.

The course is available here: 🤓

Link to the video: https://youtu.be/TLB5MY9BBa4

Course Overview 📘

This is what this course is all about:

1. GitHub Actions Overview

  • What is GitHub Actions
  • Advantages of GitHub Actions over other CI platforms
  • Key functionalities of GitHub Actions
  • Actions components: Events, Triggers, Workflows, Actions
  • Types of Actions: JavaScript vs Container
  • Actions Creation: Monolithic vs Chainable
  • Starter workflows
  • GitHub Actions Syntax
  • Governance of GitHub Actions
  • Debug and Troubleshooting

2. Actions CI, CD & Release

  • CI Workflows structure
  • Matrix build
  • CI Workflows examples: Docker, Web Apps, etc.
  • CD Workflows structure
  • CD Workflows examples: Docker, Azure, AWS, Serverless, ECS, Kubernetes, etc.
  • GitHub Actions Environments overview
  • Protection Rules and Approvals
  • Deployment Logs overview
  • GitHub Actions Environments: creation, management, and usage

3. Self-Hosted Runners

  • Difference between Hosted runners and Self-hosted runners
  • Configure Self-hosted runners
  • Runner Groups and why to use them
  • Best practices for Self-hosted runners
  • Dynamically scale Self-hosted runners

4. Secret Management

  • GitHub Actions Secrets Overview
  • Type of Secrets: Organization vs Repository vs Environment
  • Limitation of GitHub Secrets
  • Secrets: creation, management, and usage
  • Third party actions for secrets (Azure KeyVault, and more)

5. Advanced GitHub Actions

  • API availability
  • Passing Parameters to Actions
  • Repository Dispatch with custom events
  • Control the flow of the workflow with Conditionals

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Adam.S • Edited

More a question.
I have been able to use the ssh action to make a remote server do actions on the remote server.
But I have been unable to use the actions/checkout to push to a the same remote server. Getting ssh authentication errors. Is it possible to push to a remote server using the checkout action?

Solved: I used add-ssh-key action to get the required key and known-host data into my action.

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Michael

The breakdown of markers in the video looks so good so one can skip to a section, so then that works like having smaller videos.

The self hosted runners section is something beginners probably won't need and so could have been better a separate video that gets linked at the end.

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Davide 'CoderDave' Benvegnù Author

Thanks for the feedback! I was in fact debating whether removing the self-hosted runners part but I ended up leaving it in the video because a lot of companies use them

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Michael • Edited

I have some resources here if you are interested

Syntax

michaelcurrin.github.io/dev-cheats...

Sample workflows

michaelcurrin.github.io/code-cookb...

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Davide 'CoderDave' Benvegnù Author

This is my first full-lenght free course on the Channel. What do you think? Do you like it or do you prefer the "normal" shorter videos? Let me know :)