In this episode, we tell you about our next iteration of GitHub integration – putting in a friendly GitHub experience for all users, not just extension writers.
We’ve moved the GitHub button right next to the project save button. It’s always present and it shows you whether or not there are changes needing to be pushed or pulled.
OAuth authentication – previously, a developer token was needed to sign in to GitHub with MakeCode. In this release, we support a friendlier authentication flow where you are asked by the Microsoft MakeCode for GitHub application to sign in.
The experience to create and review pull requests is now streamlined. MakeCode will create a pull request for you and directly open the pull request review page. Additionally, all the rendered diffs display automatically on the pull request timeline.
If a commit modifies blocks, MakeCode will automatically add the rendered diff to the commit. This allows you to review code changes as blocks in addition to just seeing them as text.
The README file displays the rendered blocs for the last commit in the master branch. This is particularly useful when navigating to a MakeCode project through GitHub.
The GitHub Explorer is designed to quickly load and review MakeCode projects hosted on GitHub from a given user. The typical usage scenario for the explorer is when a teacher wants to review projects completed by a student.
This new GitHub authoring is currently available in:
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