Many .NET developers have turned to distributed source control systems. The most popular one seems to be Git, which was originally created by Linus Torvalds for Linux kernel development. One problem with Git is that it is predominately command-line based while .NET developers prefer to stay in the IDE. This is why Sun Yiyi’s Git Source Control Provider an important part of Git adoption.
The EGit and JGit Eclipse projects released 0.8.1 of their namesake projects earlier this week, in preparation for the Eclipse Helios simultaneous release that is due later this month. The New and Noteworthy for both EGit and JGit have been brought up to date, and a User Guide based on contributions from the Eclipse Wiki. There's also an Introduction to Git for those who haven't used it before.
Last week, EclipseCon 2010 (in conjunction with OSGi DevCon 2010) was held in the Santa Clara Convention Centre. This year saw a number of Eclipse-related technologies and tutorials; so, what was the key take aways?
With a recent announcement from Nick Quaranto, RubyGems.org has become the default gem source for RubyGems. The three domains gemcutter.org, gems.rubyforge.org, and rubygems.org now all point to the same place, and gem serving and installation work for all three. RubyGems.org is the main web front end, to which the other two sites redirect. The secure site, https://rubygems.org, is also now live.
The first public version of the org.eclipse EGit plug-in version 0.7.1 has been released at EclipseCon. EGit is based on the pure Java implementation JGit, which means that it has no external dependencies or native code requirements; something which has historically hindered the adoption of Eclipse's Subversion support.
Martin Fowler has conducted a survey on ThoughtWorks’ software development mailing list to determine how some of the version control systems (VCS) are perceived by developers. He also wrote a review of most prominent VCSes comparing centralized and distributed systems.
Since the last Bundle.update, a new milestone of NetBeans adds support for embedding OSGi bundles, and this week's London OSGi DevCon promises to be of interest. ECF 3.2 has been released, and EGit/JGit is making strong headway in the world of DVCS.
Google's ProtocolBuffers and Facebook's Thrift are options for binary serialization, but not ones that pleased the GitHub team - so they created BERT/BERT-RPC based on the Erlang's 'external term format'. BERT/BERT-RPC now power parts of Github's internal communication.
Git# is a .NET and Mono version of the popular source code management system, Git, obtained by porting JGit to C#. Other related projects are: msysgit and gitextensions.
GitHub has stopped automatically building Gems, and will stop their Gem server a year from now. The GitHub team suggests Gemcutter as alternative Gem hosting site next to RubyForge.
With the sudden disappearance of _why, some popular libraries as Markaby, Hpricot and others are orphaned. We look at the effort to find maintainers for some, and at replacements for other libraries.
Rip is a new package management system for Ruby. Why a new package management system? We talked to Rip developer Chris Wanstrath from GitHub to learn more.
GitHub now offers an installable version of the service for users who want to keep their code inside their network - and it's built on JRuby. TorqueBox is a new solution for running JRuby on Rails on JBoss, complete with integration for job queues and SIP integration Also: EngineYard announced it will start providing JRuby as a hosting option in July.
GitHub now also offers an issue tracker, integrated with their Git repository hosting. The issue tracker is also accessible through their new API 2.
RunCodeRun is a hosted continuous integration service for Ruby projects on GitHub, developed by Relevance. We take a first look at the project and talked to its developer Rob Sanheim.