GitHub has introduced a workflow tool called GitHub Actions to its popular code-sharing site, to allow continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) right from GitHub itself.

Using the tool, which is now in limited beta, developers can build, deploy, and update software projects on either GitHub or an external system without having to run code themselves. Workflows and infrastructure deployments can be expressed as code.

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Actions adds customizable workflow capabilities to, so developers build and share code containers to run a software development workflow, even across multiple clouds. Other examples of tasks that can be done with actions include packaging an NPM module or sending an SMS alert.

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