Pull request validation saves time and encourages better coding practices. You can easily set up a GitHub action to validate new code by building and running tests when a new PR is created.
Create a GitHub Action to run on new pull requests
Add an action to your repository using the "Actions" tab -> New workflow on github.com or by creating a build-and-test.yml file in the .github/workflows/ directory.
Example dotnet-core.yml from FluentEmail
name: Build & Test on: pull_request: branches: [ master ] jobs: build: runs-on: ubuntu-latest steps: - uses: actions/checkout@v2 - name: Setup .NET Core uses: actions/setup-dotnet@v1 with: dotnet-version: 3.1.101 - name: Install dependencies run: dotnet restore - name: Build run: dotnet build --configuration Release --no-restore - name: Test run: dotnet test --no-restore --verbosity normal
- The action uses the on: pull_request trigger which accepts the branches you want to run the workflow
- actions/checkout@v2 and actions/setup-dotnet@v1 are community actions that will get your code and setup dotnet
- The run steps make the calls the the dotnet cli to restore, build and test
- Be sure to run on ubuntu rather than Windows for better stability and more minutes
View status of validation on pull requests
When the action is in place you will see the validation status of all pull requests on the pull request tab. You will also see the checks inside the PR details and can prevent contributors merging pull requests with failing checks.
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