Experimenting with Github Actions

GitHub actions allow flexible and potentially complicated `actions` that comprise `workflows` that respond to events on Github. Continuous integration, messaging Slack, greeting new contributors, deploying applications, and many other templates are ready for customization and integration into any repo.

Using google cloud registry for private docker images

In this post, I will quickly build a docker image containing the sra-toolkit and a key for dbGaP downloads. Because the key file is private, I will be using the secure Google Container Registry to store the image for later use in genomics workflows. Background Container technologies like docker enable quick and easy encapsulation of software, dependencies, and operating systems. One or more containers can render entire software ecosystems portable, enhance reproducibility and reusability, and facilitate sharing of software, tools, and even infrastructure.