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Gemnasium Badges

This is the fifth post in a series about GitHub Badges.

Another badge you may have seen looks something like this:

gemnasium

This badge comes from a handy service called Gemnasium which keeps an eye on the 3rd party dependencies in your project. Originally it tracked just ruby gems,  hence the name, but now it also handles JavaScript, Python and PHP.

Gemnasium analyzes the dependencies in your project and let’s you know if they are out of date.  A green badge indicates they are up do date, it will yellow if at least one dependency is behind the latest stable version and it goes red when you fall behind an important update or security fix.

The easiest way to use Gemnasium is to authenticate with you GitHub account and let the service analyze your project online. However, if you don’t want to grant Gemnasium access to your repo, there is a Gemnasium Gem, that allows you to push the data yourself.

As with so many codebase services, the service is available without charge for public repos.  At the time of this writing, the charge to service private repos ranges from $4/month for the Bonzai plan covering 10 private repos and 1 user to the Gold plan at $41/month covering 50 private repos and unlimited collaborators.

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