In this chapter we’ll look at how you can view the state of a project to see what’s going on. We’ll use the popular Bootstrap open source project as an example.
Bootstrap is a project that allows developers to quickly develop attractive web applications. Go to the project page on GitHub. There is a lot of information on the home page. Let’s start by reviewing some of the most important elements on the page (see Figure 2-1).
One of the first things you see looking at the top left of the page is that the project name is “bootstrap” and that it’s owned by a user (or in this case an organization) called “twbs.” If you were to go to https://github.com/twbs, you’d see a list of all of the projects hosted by that organization at GitHub. To the left of the organization name you’ll also see an icon that makes it clear that this is a public repository that anyone can see. A lot of the projects you work on will have a closed lock icon instead, signifying that they are private and can be viewed only by people who have been explicitly added as collaborators.
To the right of the project name, you can see in Figure 2-1 that at the time the screenshot was taken, 3,857 people were watching the repository to get notified every time new changes were made to it, 68,928 people had starred it to mark ...