Level up your school projects with Algolia, GitKraken Glo, Heroku, and JetBrains

GitHub Student Developer Pack welcomes Algolia, GitKraken Glo, Heroku, and JetBrains

New tools added to the GitHub Student Developer Pack will make your projects ship faster, shine with robust features, and help you stand out from the crowd.

These powerful new additions are free with the GitHub Student Developer Pack, so you can start the school year off right:

  • Algolia’s APIs will help you build search functionality in your projects
  • Heroku provides a super-easy cloud platform to get your apps online for the whole world to enjoy
  • JetBrains gives you a suite of IDEs to help you conquer your coding assignments

On top of that, our friends at GitKraken added Glo Boards, their issue and task tracker, to help you stay on top of your school work.


Does your app have search functionality? Why not add it with Algolia.

Algolia is a search API that gives developers a complete toolkit for building search into their products - from front end libraries to back end frameworks and API clients. Now that they’re included with the GitHub Student Developer Pack, you’ll get 100,000 records for your index, and one million indexing operations monthly for free (a value of $150 monthly).

Build out discoverability features for your app so your users can find what they’re looking for.

Examples of Algolia Instant Search for e-commerce, media, and tourism

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GitKraken Glo

Keeping track of everything you need to do for class can be a chore, and group projects can be especially challenging. That’s where GitKraken Glo comes in with the easiest way to track tasks from inside the GitKraken Git Client, a browser, mobile apps, or even Atom and VS Code. Glo Boards sync in real-time with GitHub Issues to help visualize your to-do list in a workflow or calendar view. Track individual and team progress, and use @mentions to keep everyone on task.

GitKraken Glo

GitKraken offers these legendary task tracking boards with GitHub Issue sync, free for 1 year (normally $49 yearly) through the GitHub Student Developer Pack.

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If you’re building a web application at a hackathon, Heroku is your new best friend. The cloud-based, platform as a service (PaaS) gives you everything you need to do your best work. This includes a fully-managed runtime environment, coupled with a wide range of tools and built-in services. Build apps with the language or framework of your choice. It’s a great place to practice popular architectural patterns or collaborate with other students. For example, developers use the “review apps” feature to share changes immediately with every commit to GitHub. Because Heroku takes care of DevOps, you can focus on becoming a better developer.

All Heroku applications run in a collection of lightweight Linux containers called dynos. With the GitHub Student Developer Pack, you’ll get a Hobby Dyno to run small projects for up to 2 years (valued at $84 yearly).

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These integrated development environments will change your life. If you’re learning Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Kotlin, Objective-C, Go, or .NET, you can quickly get started with ease using professional developer tools from JetBrains.

With the GitHub Student Developer Pack, you get a free year-long subscription to all JetBrains desktop tools, including IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, PyCharm Professional, CLion, and Rider. As long as you remain a student, you’re welcome to renew your Student License for free.

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Introducing Experiments, an ongoing research effort from GitHub

Software developers are most productive when software development is inclusive and accessible. At GitHub, we conduct research in machine learning, design, and infrastructure to make sure everyone can do their best work with the next generation of developer tools and workflows.

This research can take considerable time to reach you, our end users, if it reaches you at all. We rigorously evaluate products for stability, performance, and security. And many experiments don’t meet our success criteria for product release, even when they present a path forward for future innovation.

Introducing Experiments

Although we can’t share everything we do, we’ve launched a collection of demonstrations highlighting our most exciting research projects—and the ideas behind them—with Experiments. We hope these will not only give you insight into our research but inspire you to think audaciously about the future of software development.

See our first experiment

For our first demo, we’ve chosen Semantic Code Search. We’ve used machine learning to build semantic representations of code that allow you to use natural language to search for code by intent, rather than just keyword matching. See our blog post for additional detail on how this works.

Semantic Code Search

We’re just getting started, so stay tuned for more examples. If this research excite you as much as they excite us, why not join our team?

What’s next for the EU copyright proposal?

Last week, we put out a call to action leading up to the EU Parliament’s vote on the Copyright Directive. Read on to learn what they decided, how this affects software, and what’s next in the process. (It’s not over.)

What Parliament decided

On September 12, the EU Parliament voted to:

  • Make content-sharing platforms directly liable for copyrighted content that users upload, which could lead to use of upload filters (Article 13)
  • Exclude “open source software developing platforms” from that liability and need for upload filters (Article 2)
  • Allow an exception for text and data mining only by research institutions for scientific purposes on a “non-for-profit” basis, with only an “optional” exception for others (Article 3)
  • Create a new right for press publishers to require a license to use content of news articles except for “mere hyperlinks, which are accompanied by individual words” (Article 11)

What this means for software

If Parliament’s version of the Copyright Directive becomes the law:

  • Sites that host user-generated content may need to filter content that users upload, but “open source software developing platforms” (like GitHub) wouldn’t need to. We supported a broader exclusion for software development platforms, archives, and repositories, as it would have protected more of the software development community. However, Parliament adopted the narrower language. Since elements of software development happen beyond that narrow exclusion, developers would need to consider whether they might be subject to liability for the content they host and resort to measures like filtering.
  • Developers may need licenses to mine content—including for artificial intelligence and machine learning—unless individual EU countries decide to adopt an exception from text and data mining that would cover them. Without a mandatory broader exception, developers would be subject to a patchwork of regulations across different EU countries.
  • Developers who link to news articles may need to pay to use content like article headlines or snippets. It may take a judge to interpret what the phrase “individual words” means exactly in the hyperlinks press exception we called out above. In the meantime, developers would need to be careful about what content they include to describe links.

But remember, Parliament doesn’t have the final word. We still need to keep an eye on the negotiations as they move to the next stage with the Council and Commission—and continue advocating to protect software.

What we can do next

There’s a lot to fix in the current copyright proposal. We’re looking at software because that’s where developers can speak with authority. Our focus now is on the negotiations among Parliament, Council, and the Commission (trilogues) to ensure exclusion for “open source software developing platforms” isn’t only limited to “non-for-profit” platforms. This was our goal back in April too, when both Council and Parliament proposed excluding only “non-for-profit open source software developing platforms.” With your help, we were able to show Parliament why a non-for-profit limitation would undermine their effort to protect software because most open source software development is built on platforms, like GitHub, that aren’t non-for-profit.

Now it’s time to make this clear for the Council. After hearing from developers, Parliament realized it didn’t make sense to limit the software exclusion to only non-for-profit software development platforms. We need to make sure the Council understands this, too. EU developers, contact your Council members and explain why they need to exclude all open source software development platforms from filtering obligations—not only non-for-profit ones—if they want to effectively protect software development in the EU.

Copyright law hasn’t kept up with the digital age, and we support greater copyright reform that protects how software development happens around the world today. But as we’re fixing copyright law, it’s important to make sure that we aren’t actually creating more problems. Although the Copyright Directive may be a step forward, we have to continue advocating for fair and balanced change that protects software—and the economy it powers—in the process.

Introducing the new Premium Support

Introducing the new Premium Support

Whether you use GitHub independently or with a team, we are proud to offer unparalleled support to everyone in our community. Over time we’ve learned that some teams require around-the-clock care and peace of mind that extend beyond our standard support offering. For these customers, we introduced Premium Support at last year’s Universe. Today we’re building on our initial launch and announcing an improved Premium Support program featuring two new plans: Premium and Premium Plus.

Both plans include:

  • 24/7 web and phone support
  • Priority ticket handling
  • Guaranteed initial response times (30 minutes for urgent, four hours for high priority)
  • Access to Premium Content
  • Scheduled health checks

Premium Plus also includes:

  • Named Technical Support Account Manager
  • Monthly administration support hours
  • One virtual training class on Git and GitHub best practices

View the new Premium Support program, or contact us to learn more.

Announcing GitHub Desktop 1.4

Get warned about merge conflicts before you merge

In the past few releases, we’ve been working on ways to simplify collaboration in GitHub Desktop. In 1.2, we introduced the ability to compare one branch to another and merge, then 1.3 came along and we added a handy notification for new changes in your master branch, including the ability to easily bring these changes into your branch. In this 1.4 release, GitHub Desktop provides information about whether or not you’re going to encounter conflicts before merging.

We’ve heard from lots of people that merge conflicts are a particularly frustrating part of collaboration, and it’s helpful to know what you will encounter prior to attempting to merge. This release allows you to make an informed decision about merging with fewer surprises. Will the merge take a single click and be done? Now you’ll know ahead of time:

Merge with conflicts

Will the merge result in a conflict? GitHub Desktop will let you know, along with a sense of how much effort the conflicts might take to resolve:

Merge without conflicts

We’ve heard your feedback, and we thought adding details about merge conflicts would be a great addition to GitHub Desktop. With our upcoming releases, we’ll add more functionality to help you and your team make sound decisions when you encounter a merge conflict. Using GitHub Desktop, you can collaborate with your team more easily—with less overhead.

Preview what’s new in the app

We’re also releasing our first step towards showcasing what’s possible when using GitHub Desktop. In 1.4, we’ve added our release notes to the app to highlight what’s changed since the last release, and to recognize—and thank—our amazing contributors.

Modal with release notes

We’re looking forward to continuing to make GitHub Desktop a valuable and intuitive tool for collaboration (and more!), so stay tuned for even more enhancements.

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