Changelog files record the notable changes for software projects and they are an important part of the release process. What if I told you, you can automate generating these files and save yourself some time by using git-cliff?
Git has become the defacto standard as a distributed version control and source code management tool. Over the years, many projects adopted the conventional commit approach for adding human and machine-readable meaning to the commit messages. git-cliff takes advantage of this and turns the commit messages into beautiful changelog files. Although it is a command-line tool written in Rust, it can be integrated with a variety of software projects including Python and Node.js. It uses regex-powered custom parsers and supports extensive configuration for adoption by any type of project that uses Git.
In this talk, I will be sharing the story behind git-cliff, implementation details with certain design choices, and most importantly how to work with Git objects using Rust. Also, I will be sharing examples of how to use git-cliff and integrate it with your project.
Additionally, I will be giving tips on creating a successful command-line tool in Rust and publishing it as open source.