My first post of 📛 Improving a GitHub Repo describes many good things to add in any GitHub repository to be more productive and professional. However, that stuff can be hard to do every time a new repository is created, and we can forget to add something great. I found a way to accelerate this process and also do not forget to add anything great: GitHub Repository templates.
GitHub template repository is the best way to replicate an standard structure, including folders, documentation, workflows, branches, and any file required to set up a new project. Using this pattern we can homogenize the structure of any repository of your organization, or also your own projects, easily and saving a lot of time. If you need to standardize your projects, or you need to create many projects on demand, definitely a template repository is your tool.
As summary, the most great benefits of using repository template I found are:
- ⌛ Spend less time repeating code
- 🌟 Focus on building new things
- 🦾 Less manual configuration
- 📝 Sharing boilerplate code across the code base
And, the main features of a repository template are:
- Copy the entire repository files to a brand new repository
- Every template has a new url endpoint called
- Share repository template through your organization or other GitHub users
My own repository template
My template repository includes things such as:
- Initial content files aligned with the common patterns in any Open Source project: Contribution guide, Code of Conduct, contributors, …
- GitHub templates to report issues or open Pull Requests.
- Standard badges to summarize the repository.
- Standard workflows to release versions, or to implement Continuous Integration pipelines
So, creating a new repository and setting up it takes few seconds and steps. Amazing!!!
Do you have ideas, or comments about how to improve a template repository? Looking forward to hearing you with more contributions into my template repo, or adding comments in this post.
🤖🚩 Happy creation of new projects!!! 🤖🚩