Saturday, April 5, 2008

Free Subversion Repository Space (500 MB)

Every so often I come across a good thing. It's rare, but when I find it I just want to tell everyone about it.

http://www.assembla.com/

The site is fast, simple, productive, and you can start a project for free.

Our Development team uses Perforce, so our Consulting team decided to piggy-back on what was already being used. After fighting Perforce and losing 3 days of code which was overwritten during a sync, we decided to try something else. The Microsoft solution was going to cost us 10k, Visual Source Safe was cheap and old, so we decided to go with something free and fresh - Subversion. There's no turning back now.

Subversion has a wonderful interface and it has never eaten my hours of development time by copying the old files down to my local - overwritting my work. Sometimes it is difficult to get the Subversion repository sync'd due to conflicts, but we have always managed to figure out a way to make it happen.

In searching for free Subversion storage for a personal project, I came across Assembla. I thought "Oh great, another lame free site. What will I have to put up with for some storage?"

I was shocked. I could have used something like SourceForge or Microsoft's Codeplex but to be honest, these sites confuse me. Google hasn't even stepped up to 'logical site design' at Google Code The free source control sites seem to be littered with advertisements and they lack good navigation. It's like they were designed by programmers :)

Whoever designed Assembla should be working for Google. Maybe Google will buy them out and change the name of the site to 'Googlembla". Whatever you want to call it, I call it a 'Top Pick'.

Give it a try! What have you got to lose?

1 comment:

The Restamon said...

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