Phil's Musings notes from a peripatetic programmer

Introducing the atom pull-requests package!

As a programmer that uses GitHub, Pull Requests are a great way to discuss code but whenever I get feedback on code in a large codebase it is annoying to have to find where that change was. Since I use as my text editor, I decided to write a plugin that adds a great feature of GitHub (Pull Requests) into my text editor (which also happens to be written by GitHub). And viola! pull-requests.

Whenever you check out a branch that has a Pull Request and open it in GitHub, you’ll see the GitHub comment directly on the line of code inside atom. And to help you find it, the Tree view on the left will show how many comments are in the directory so you can find the file.


Here’s a slightly out-of-date screencast showing the whole process (including installing the plugin):


How’s it made?

It uses the octokat.js npm package and the linter atom package. pull-requests checks if your code is in a git repository (actually, a GitHub one) and then checks if the branch corresponds to a Pull Request in the repository (or the parent repository if this is a forked repository) and pulls out the comments on the changes of a file.

Then, it uses linter to add lint messages on the lines of the files. Since linter supports HTML, pull-requests also converts the comment into HTML (complete with emojis) and adds a link to get back to the Pull Request on GitHub so you can continue discussing.

Hope that helps you!