We are all striving for speed. Speed to develop, test, iterate, and innovate. Speed to collaborate. Speed to reach markets faster. And speed to serve more customers every day.
With a laser sharp focus on speed of innovation, one of our engineering teams wanted to facilitate rapid development at cost effective terms. To effectively engineer and test digital products, refine them and release them in time had to be our competitive advantage to scale. Hence, achieving the most optimum version control system was one identified stepping stone. Our technology team was looking for the most suitable cloud based git services. These digital ninjas put their heads together and shortlisted top three cloud based source code repositories – Google Cloud Source Repository, GitHub, and Bitbucket to mobilize their projects. For this blog post, our wonderful team of techies – Saurabh Jain, Nidhi Singh, Youdhveer Panwar collaborated with our editorial team to provide insights into this blog post. We bring to you the direct verdict from their experience of which option works best – when and why?
With all that being said, we are not choosing a clear winner here but just advising on which repository rates better on various parameters. Hopefully by the end of this read, you will be able to zero in on the one that would work best for your engineering style and requirement.
To give you an idea…
Google Cloud Source Repository (CSR)1
Google Cloud Source Repositories provides Git version control to support collaborative development of any application or service, including those that run on Google Cloud Platform. Cloud Source Repositories also provides a source browser that you can use to view your repository files from within the Cloud Console.
Google Cloud Platform offers free to use diagnostics tools like the Debugger and Error Reporting which can use the code from your git repositories to let you track down issues to specific errors in your deployed code without slowing down your users. Moreover, If you already have your code in GitHub or BitBucket repositories, you can bring that into your Cloud Platform project and use it just like any other repository, including browsing and diagnostics.
GitHub is a code hosting platform that was launched in 2008. GitHub is the largest host of source code in the world. It is being used by over 22 million developers including more than 61 million repositories. The platform enables users to version control their source code and collaborate with each other from anywhere. Versioning allows developers and programmers to access latest version of the software / application, contribute changes, and upload the most updated revision.
Bitbucket is a web-based hosting service that is owned by Atlassian, used for source code and development projects that use Git revision control systems. Bitbucket offers both commercial plans and free accounts.It provides uninterrupted access with Bitbucket Data Center ensuring fast performance wherever you are in the world. Bitbucket Cloud is free for small teams of 5.
Bitbucket can be integrated easily with HipChat for team chat, Bamboo for continuous integration, or other systems using Bitbucket webhooks.