Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Version Control

Let’s be honest, version control isn’t exactly a topic you would bring up at a dinner party to spice up the conversation. Managing file versions and meticulously reviewing code for errors can be a dull subject. In fact, it rarely makes the headlines — even in software development news when there are far more exciting trends to cover like AI or the latest Apple device hitting the market. But much like no one really talks about putting on clean socks in the morning, setting an alarm at night or looking both ways before crossing the street, version control is an …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Flexible Logging: Set DEBUG level logging without Gerrit restart

Many of us have been thrown into production issue, equipped (in the best case ;)) with only vague reproduction instructions and get stuck looking into logs and have only one wish: if I could only magically enable more detailed logging and replay the scenario… just without putting restart procedure into motion… One can argue for having DEBUG level enabled all the time but this is impractical for at least two reasons: too much information is as bad as too little and log files will explode with size. Well, our prayers were answered! Since CollabNet TeamForge Git Integration 8.6.1 release one …

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Why Your Enterprise Needs a Git Strategy (Part 2)

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)

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 – Configure Jenkins to stop hammering your Gerrit server

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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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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10 Things You Should Know About Git Replication in the Enterprise

1. Git is distributed, isn’t replication a concept for centralized version control systems? You’re right, Git is a distributed version control system. However, most enterprises require their developers to synch their local work with central, “blessed” repositories. Those central synch points make sure no work is lost if a laptop gets stolen or damaged and developers only have to only know one place where they have to go to learn about their colleagues’ work results. The same applies to build/CI servers like Jenkins that will monitor and pull the latest source code from the blessed repository as well. Consequently, most …

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Stash your Trash – Keep GIT clean with Gerrit 2.10

Stash your Trash - Keep GIT clean - CollabNet

Garbage collection is really important, not just in the real world but also within your Git repositories. If you have lots of development activities going on, chances are very high that your Git clone and push operations will get slower and slower. Fortunately, the cure is simple: Run git garbage collection (git gc). We have seen examples where running gc cut clone and push times by more than 99 percent. Same goes for code browsing activities as well – Run git gc and list your branches online within milliseconds instead of seconds again. If Git garbage collection has so many …

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Bulletproof, Military Grade Security – Visualizing the Access Control Mechanisms of Your SCM Solution

Why visualize? Access control is probably not the most sexy or intuitive part of any SCM (source code management) solution. However, understanding how access control mechanisms work is crucial for any enterprise that has to protect its intellectual property. What makes things tricky is that any SCM solution on the planet claims to have proper, powerful, “military grade”, “bulletproof” access controls in place. Looking at the specifics, there are huge differences that can give you a competitive business advantage (or disadvantage). A framework that helps you to visualize the differences in the fine print is a way better approach to …

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