GitHub Announces Multiple New Products and Features
October 28, 2021

GitHub announced several new product and feature enhancements to improve and delight the developer experience, enable coding in the cloud, ensure secure development, and more.

Here's what's new:

- GitHub Copilot (technical preview) adds language support for Jetbrains and Java: In June, we introduced GitHub Copilot, our AI pair programmer to help developers write better code, faster. GitHub Copilot now includes IDE support for the JetBrains IntelliJ platform of editors, including the latest versions of IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm. GitHub also added support for multiline completions in Java, with additional language support to come in the coming months.

- Codespaces (for teams and GitHub Enterprise Cloud) expands tools for cloud dev environments: With Codespaces, a developer can create a new, preconfigured cloud development environment in seconds. Today's announcement includes improvements to transform the developer experience, including a new devcontainer feature composition, GitHub CLI support, expanded access control for port forwards, and Rest API support.

- GitHub Issues (public beta) for all: Now available to all users in public beta, and at no additional cost, the new workflow experience includes features like project boards and dynamic tables, which give developers the ability to filter, sort, and group issues and pull requests. Additional key features include iteration support, new reporting and data visualization, and public projects.

- GitHub code scanning adds Ruby support (public beta): As one of the 10 most popular languages in the open source community, Ruby is now supported by the CodeQL analysis engine that powers GitHub code scanning.

- GitHub Actions updates for improved CI/CD and automation: New updates include secure deployments with OpenID Connect, deployment environments to simplify approvals, improvements to reusable workflows, and new auto-scaling functionality for self-hosted runners.

- Command palette (public beta) for all: Developers can more seamlessly navigate around GitHub with the new command palette. With a new host of commands starting with a single shortcut, developers can optimize their workflows across organizations, repositories, issues, pull requests, and more from anywhere on GitHub.

- GitHub Enterprise Cloud adds custom repository roles: We've improved access controls to help teams ship more securely. GitHub admins can now create custom permission levels for teams, organization members, and outside collaborators.

- GitHub Discussions introduces labels and automatic release notes: New labels help sort discussions and automatic release notes with shoutouts to contributors.

- Pull request merge queue: Developers can merge pull requests more efficiently, without updating pull requests anytime another change lands, all while ensuring the branch remains green.

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