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GitHub Actions Essentials

Automate, Integrate, Deploy: Unlocking the Power of GitHub Actions

About the Book

GitHub Actions Essentials is your definitive guide to mastering the world of GitHub Actions, a powerful automation tool that simplifies your software development workflow. From setting up your first workflow to exploring advanced techniques and best practices, this comprehensive resource covers everything you need to know to streamline your development process. With practical examples and step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to create custom actions, implement continuous integration and deployment, optimize workflow performance, and automate project management tasks. Whether you're a seasoned developer or just getting started with GitHub Actions, this book will empower you to unlock the full potential of automation in your projects, saving you time and improving your software quality.

About the Author

Dave Cross
Dave Cross

Dave Cross has been programming professionally since 1988 and using Perl since 1996. In that time he has used Perl as a glue language, for web development and as a general-purpose programming language. He is the author of Data Munging with Perl (Manning, 2001) and a co-author of Perl Template Toolkit (O’Reilly, 2003). He has also written articles about Perl for The Perl Journal and Linux Format.

Dave has run training courses on Perl since 2001. He has run in-house courses for companies ranging from investment banks to dotcoms and he regularly runs public courses in London. He is often invited to give training courses alongside open source conferences like the UKUUG Spring Conference and the London Perl Workshop. He is a regular speaker at both Perl and open source conferences.

Dave has been heavily involved in the Perl community for many years. In 1998, he founded the London Perl Mongers, the first Perl Users’ Group in Europe and he lead the group for its first four years. He then became the International User Groups Co-ordinator for the Perl Foundation. In 2004 he was awarded a White Camel award for his services to the Perl community.

Dave owns and runs Magnum Solutions, an open source development consultancy based in London. The rumours about the gold-plated cats were never true.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    1. What are GitHub Actions?
    2. Why use GitHub Actions?
    3. GitHub Actions vs. Other CI/CD Tools
  • Getting Started with GitHub Actions
    1. Setting Up Your Repository
    2. Understanding YAML Syntax
    3. Anatomy of a GitHub Actions Workflow
  • Building Your First Workflow
    1. Workflow Triggers: Events and Scheduling
    2. Defining Jobs and Steps
    3. Using Pre-Built Actions
    4. Running Shell Commands
  • Managing Workflow Execution
    1. Environment Variables and Secrets
    2. Job and Step-Level Conditions
    3. Matrix Builds and Parallelisation
  • Creating Custom GitHub Actions
    1. Docker-based Actions vs. JavaScript-based Actions
    2. Building a Docker-based Action
    3. Building a JavaScript-based Action
    4. Versioning and Publishing Your Custom Action
  • Leveraging the GitHub Actions Marketplace
    1. Discovering and Evaluating Actions
    2. Popular Actions for Common Tasks
    3. Integrating Third-Party Services
  • Implementing Continuous Integration with GitHub Actions
    1. Automated Testing
    2. Code Quality and Linting
    3. Code Coverage and Reporting
  • Implementing Continuous Deployment with GitHub Actions
    1. Deploying to Cloud Platforms
    2. Deploying to On-Premises Servers
    3. Deploying Static Websites and GitHub Pages
  • Securing and Optimizing Your GitHub Actions Workflows
    1. Workflow Security Best Practices
    2. Caching and Artifact Management
    3. Performance Optimisation Tips
  • Advanced GitHub Actions Techniques
    1. Workflow Templates and Reusable Workflows
    2. Handling Workflow Dependencies
    3. Automating Project Management and Collaboration
  • Conclusion
    1. Recap of Key Concepts
    2. Further Resources and Learning
  • Appendix A: GitHub Actions YAML Reference
  • Appendix B: List of Useful GitHub Actions and Integrations
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