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GitHub Student Developer Pack Now Features 100-Plus Tools

The GitHub Student Developer Pack has just expanded, now featuring development tools and training from more than a hundred companies. GitHub, an online destination for people to build and share code, said its academic program has added 14 additional programming tools and other services for students and instructors.

The Pack is intended to give students access to developer tools they can learn by using. Frequently, job postings will include the stack of programs a candidate should have experience with. The Pack gives them exposure to the software, free of charge, as Raygun, one participating company, noted in a statement.

Access to the Pack is only available to students; teachers and instructors can get discounted access to Git and GitHub training through a "campus adviser" site.

Among the new participants are: Unity, a cross-platform game engine; Jaamly, which produces launch support for getting into mobile app stores; and Customerly, with customer live chat and in-app surveys.

Other products that have been added to the Pack are:

  • Blockchair, a search engine for exploring 13 different kinds of blockchains;
  • DailyBot, which automates asynchronous "standup" meetings for coding teams and helps manage their development work;
  • Dashlane, a cloud-based password manager;
  • Freshpaint, for integrating marketing and analytics tools;
  • Kodika, a drag-and-drop iOS app maker;
  • MongoDB, a general-purpose, document-based, distributed database;
  • Polypane, a browser designed for developers and designers to create better websites and web apps;
  • Raygun, software for crash reporting and detecting how users are experiencing programs;
  • Sider, which automatically analyzes every pull request in a software project;
  • Xojo, a cross-platform development program for making native apps for the desktop; and
  • Yakindu, which offers a set of integrated tools for making development more efficient.

"The Pack makes the best developer tools available to students. Demonstrating the ability to think outside the box and using the right tool for the right project makes you stand out to employers," said Dana Brown, head of sales and marketing for Xojo, in a statement.

"One of our business partners was using the Pack while in school," added Customerly CEO Luca Micheli. "We recognized the great benefit to students and joined to help them launch their startups and to grow."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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