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Monday, 30 November 2015 13:06

DevOps chat GitHub on the web with Sidecar

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Gitter extends the use of its open source chat project for GitHub with Sidecar, which allows developers to embed Gitter functionality into websites

Messaging and community tool for open source collaborative projects, Gitter, has launched Sidecar, a way of embedding Gitter into websites.

Gitter is built on top of developer collaboration service GitHub and has seen fast growth, adding over half its users in the last six months with over 200,000 registered users across 30,000 public chat communities, and of the 250 most active developers on GitHub, nearly half now use Gitter.

Prior to Sidecar and Gitter, real­ time conversations were not possible between GitHub’s community users, and developers were stuck with swiftly ageing communication tools. Sidecar uses a small amount of JavaScript to embed any public Gitter chat into an existing web site and allows programmers to easily create or join chat rooms around code repositories on GitHub.

The majority of the communities on Gitter are formed around public code and open source projects, where programmers from around the world come together to seek assistance and improve the software, either openly or to use Gitter to communicate privately. Gitter integrates deeply with GitHub, allowing issues and code to be interactively embedded into the conversation. Other integrations include Trello, Jenkins, Travis CI, Heroku, Sentry and BitBucket to name but a few.

Gitter was created in January 2013 by former director of product management at Skype, Mike Bartlett, who had noticed a growing trend for enterprise based chat, along with software engineer and longtime friend, Andrew Newdigate.

Originally designed as a broad purpose collaboration tool called Troupe, the project evolved over time to be focused purely on the development community with project collaboration on GitHub. It was shortly after this that Troupe became Gitter and in February 2014 Gitter launched in private beta, before becoming publicly available in September of the same year.

Mike Bartlett, Co-founder of Gitter said “We know that many community owners firmly believe in the value that messaging delivers, allowing them to directly embed Gitter makes engaging with their community much easier. We’ve already seen a lot of interest in Sidecar and more than 5% of our daily signups are being driven by the new product.” 

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