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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CollabNet Hits Stride for 2016

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Just more than a year ago I was presented with the opportunity to assume the role of CEO of CollabNet, one of the early pioneers in distributed software collaboration for the enterprise. As the creator of Subversion, the company has deep roots in open source, cloud, Agile and DevOps management. Hence the name, CollabNet has been connecting people, tools and processes together as few other companies can. And, we do it at scale, with our largest customer implementation of TeamForge exceeding 85,000 users. As the software delivery industry has undergone swift and dramatic change, many of the things CollabNet stands …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Inline Edit: Change Source Code from your Browser


Today, we will have a look at inline-edit, a neat Gerrit feature that allows you to change source code on the fly from your browser. This feature has been finished during the Gerrit Hackathon organized by CollabNet in Berlin and is available for all recent TeamForge versions. Inline-edit introduces buttons in Gerrit’s UI to create new Gerrit changes from scratch and edit source code of existing changes drive-by style. Editing an existing change – Modify source code adhoc from your browser Let’s start with something really quick and easy. We will just fix a typo by inline modification of an existing change. This is …

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Our Government’s ‘Digital Services Playbook’ Is Leading the Growth in Public/Private Sectors


Executive Viewpoint   Last year I read an article in the Federal technology publication FCW that talked about the President’s 2016 spending plan and how much of the focus is on the improvement of digital services. Overall, the IT spending budget is $86.4 billion and $105 million of that is slated to expand the U.S. Digital Service, the tech IT services group that was established in 2014 and is headed by Mikey Dickerson, a Google veteran. When President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Digital Service, he said, “I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology …

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How GitHub is Impeding Enterprise Git Adoption


Over 3,000 corporate email addresses compromised. Private SSH keys and passwords publicly disclosed. Major systems outages every few weeks (here and here and here). No, those are not the news from some dubious shopping site. But from a site supposed to manage intellectual property (IP), in form of software code. As Gartner points out, enterprises already ‘speak of being uncomfortable with what is perceived as a larger possibility for loss of source code’ when it comes to Git. Certainly headlines like the ones above are not helpful, when it comes to building trust for Git with decision makers. And while …

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The 2013 Future of Open Source Survey is here!

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Each year for the past 6 years, software companies and industry influencers have collaborated to conduct the open source survey on attitudes and adoption of open source software in business. And now, the 7th annual Future of Open Source Survey is open and will be accepting submissions until March 28th. This year, over 25 influential open source collaborators have joined forces to conduct “The Future of Open Source Survey“, including:  CollabNet, Black Duck, and Forrester. This annual survey provides a report on the state of the open source industry and analysis of future trends from influencers and important open source-related organizations. …

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Application Lifecycle Management (ALM): Bridging Boundaries

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The key to a successful software company is its ability to satisfy customer needs, through the delivery of innovative and timely software solutions — this ease of workflow, can give the customer the competitive advantage. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) provides such solutions by addressing the overall alignment and synchronization of business goals and IT investment priorities.  ALM relies on automation, integration and a coordinated approach to optimize the software development process and make the process seemless. To maintain quality, organizations follow defined processes like planning, designing, developing/configuring, testing, deploying, operating, and optimizing business applications to improve lifecycle collaboration and software development …

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Comparing Git reflog with TeamForge-Git History Protection


Can history be changed… and why should I care? In Git version control system it is possible to change history (e.g. to remove accidentally added files which are big/confidential/infringing), or completely delete a branch without a trace (e.g. remove already merged or abandoned feature branches) . This can be useful, but may be dangerous. What if someone does that by accident or with malicious intent? In corporate settings, surprises are usually not a good thing, especially when it comes to data loss/corruption. Here are example commands which change history in Git: git push -f git push origin :branch git push …

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DevOps at Scale: Preview of CollabNet Deploy with UC4

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When I first saw CollabNet Deploy with UC4, it was a preview given by CollabNet Engineering.  Having more than 10 years’ experience with the CollabNet ALM platform, I was most impressed by the dynamic and TeamForge compatible user interface designed by UC4. And this is the beta of the integration. Deployment is not just deployment to production, not just that last mile in operations.  There is deployment from a development perspective, deployment for continuous Integration, or into the testing environment. Every Jenkins build is a deployment.  At an Enterprise DevOps view, Deployment is to a series of different targets where …

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Managing Git branch level permissions with TeamForge and Gerrit


Since version 6.2,  TeamForge supports Git, using Gerrit as the backend. Gerrit is not only our Git server, it is also a great code review system. In this blog post we will talk about Git branch level permissions and how to control them from TeamForge. Why would you like to use it in the first place? Well, with branch level permissions you can specify that certain groups of users can only read or push certain “refs” (branches or tags) but not others. There are two options for doing that: Use the custom repository category, which is turning off TeamForge autopilot …

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