Gerrit Productivity Hack – Handling Large Binary Files with Gerrit, Artifactory and Git LFS

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Handling large binary files with Git is a performance pain. You can work around the problem by some proper Gerrit tuning and restructuring your build scripts so that they fetch binaries from an artifact repository instead of having them part of the repo. With Git LFS, there is another approach available that does not require any changes to your build process or Git server configuration. The Gerrit and JGit communities are still working on built-in Git LFS support, but I thought it makes sense to show how Gerrit can be used with a separate Git LFS backend – Artifactory – …

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Why Your Enterprise Needs a Git Strategy (Part 2)

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Having a plan for adopting Git for your enterprise can lead to great results In part two of our blog series (read Part 1) we share tips of adopting and scaling Git in the enterprise. When considering enterprise-wide Git adoption, it is not enough to only evaluate the SCM needs of your organization. The strategy should view Git as a vital part of the application lifecycle management (ALM) platform. Most Git solutions today have both SCM and ALM capabilities and claim readiness for enterprise-scale Git deployment. There are a few fundamental requirements that your strategy must address to make Git …

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Why Your Enterprise Needs a Git Strategy (Part 1)

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A governed adoption of Git can help speed up software development, while ensuring the security of source code. In the first of a two-part blog series we assess the status of Git in the enterprise and discuss major challenges to its adoption. Git is the world’s leading distributed source code management (SCM) system. In a recent CollabNet survey, 87% of the 838 respondents polled indicated that their enterprises either already use or have plans to deploy Git. With its flexibility, speed, and powerful branching and merging capabilities, Git represents an opportunity for global enterprises to drive productivity and accelerate application …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Plugin For Gmail

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Today, as a part of Gerrit Productivity Hacks Series, I would like to point you to a relatively new Google Chrome extension: Gerrit Plugin for Gmail, which can significantly speed up your code review process. How does it work? Here is an excerpt from the plugin page: This Chrome extension aims to implement a very basic Gerrit workflow into your Gmail, based on the emails Gerrit sends. Specifically, It formats your Gerrit messages in Gmail. New changes and patch sets will include colored, unified diffs of the changes. Makes Gerrit emails easier to read by removing noise and highlighting important …

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Gerrit Hackathon at Google HQ… next one is coming

As always after the Gerrit User Summit, a Gerrit hackathon took place. This time it was a five days event (9-11 November 2015), where members of the Gerrit community could work together, fully focused on making Gerrit a better software. 2015 edition gathered 15 participants from various companies like Google, SAP, Sony Mobile, Qualcomm, OpenStack, Axis Communications, Gerritforge and of course CollabNet. Hackathons are really intensive periods of time for Gerrit project: over 400 patches were merged, three releases (2.11.5 and two release candidates of 2.12) were performed, countless number of open changes and patchsets were pushed for review. This …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Configure Jenkins to stop hammering your Gerrit server

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As part of productivity hack blog series, this post is aimed towards Gerrit admins/Jenkins CI owners. This post will talk about how they can configure/tune systems they’re maintaining such that Gerrit servers will have less load caused by CI systems and make them capable of serving human users better. Jenkins usage pattern which can create load on Gerrit server Constant/Frequent Polling We all understand importance and benefits of a good Continuous Integration system. It all begins immediately with having a new source code change in the source code repository. We would want our CI system such as Jenkins to grab …

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CollabNet @ Gerrit User Summit 2015

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On Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 the Gerrit User Summit took place in Mountain View, CA. This quite exclusive (invite only) event is organized by Google annually. It gives an unique opportunity for Gerrit users and admins to meet and share their knowledge and experience about using Gerrit Code Review system. It also gives you great insights into the future of Gerrit so you might be less surprised by the newest release. This year there was over 60 participants from various companies. Apart from CollabNet and – of course – Google, other important names were present: AMD, Apple, …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Add Default Reviewer

We often get requests from the TeamForge users who’re using Git Integration for the one very common use case:  “How can I add a default reviewer to the code review request ? ” Well, answer became much simpler with Gerrit’s  Reviewer plugin  and Gerrit 2.11 with which plugin can be configured per project with the comfort of Gerrit webUI. Installation The verified version of the plugin can be downloaded or install directly. Download and install wget https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/ctf-dev-environment-vagrant/reviewers.jar ssh -p 29418 <USERNAME>@<GERRIT_HOST>  gerrit plugin install -n reviewers.jar  -< reviewers.jar Direct install ssh -p 29418 <USERNAME>@<GERRIT_HOST>  gerrit plugin install -n reviewers.jar  – …

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Installing Jenkins for Use with TeamForge

This week I was working with a customer, helping to set up a sandbox environment for them, including helping them to build a local Jenkins server to use with TeamForge.  I’ve done this a few times now, but every time I end up back in the same places, figuring out the same things over again so this time, I’m going to document it for me, and for you.  There’s a pretty good chance, I think, that I’ll end up doing this again for a proof of concept with a prospective customer one day, so having this information handy will be… …

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So You Want to Centralize?

“7 Steps to Centralize Your Enterprise” So you want to centralize your enterprise? Smart choice – but it’s important to take some factors into consideration if you want to have success. Developers need to ensure representation from each geographic location; understand current development processes and tools; and comprehend the biggest challenges. Furthermore, you need to be aware of, and sensitive to, your project teams’ preferences for existing tools and aversion to change. Before we get started into our list of the “7 Steps to Start Centralization,” let’s tackle the question you are probably asking – “What is centralization, anyway?” Centralization …

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