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Google Tests Code Repository Service 44

An anonymous reader writes: VentureBeat notes that Google has begun testing an unannounced service to host and edit source code repositories as part of its cloud platform. It's called Cloud Source Repositories, and it's currently being beta-tested. "Google is taking a gradual approach with the new service: It can serve as a 'remote' for Git repositories sitting elsewhere on the Internet or locally. Still, over time the new tool could help Google become more of an all-in-one destination for building and deploying applications."
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Google Tests Code Repository Service

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  • But Google Code? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hydrated Wombat ( 1314267 ) on Thursday June 25, 2015 @05:42PM (#49990121)
    It closed and now they are reinventing it? http://www.theverge.com/2015/3... [theverge.com]
    • No, Google Code was project hosting, this is (effectively) just repo hosting.

      • by nmb3000 ( 741169 ) <nmb3000@that-google-mail-site.com> on Thursday June 25, 2015 @06:26PM (#49990485) Journal

        No, Google Code was project hosting, this is (effectively) just repo hosting.

        The difference between project hosting and a "service to host and edit source code repositories" is a few wiki pages for a description and documentation. They closed down Google Code claiming competition and saturation from sites like GitHub and BitBucket, but now they're starting a new service that still directly competes with those?

        I can only assume the primary problem with Google Code which caused its closure was the lack of "cloud" in the name.

        • The problem, IIRC, was containing spam. Since Github and others now offered full-functional alternatives, the fight against spam wasn't worth it.

        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          I can only assume the primary problem with Google Code which caused its closure was the lack of "cloud" in the name.

          they can call it whatever the hell they want to. their track record sucks and any project or developer that uses it is going to need that backup repository at github anyway .. because this supposedly 'new' thing that isn't really a new thing for google WILL NOT LAST.

          • by Isca ( 550291 )
            I wish I had mod points this morning. This is the real reason why you shouldn't think of google for this.
          • by ncc74656 ( 45571 ) *

            any project or developer that uses it is going to need that backup repository at github anyway

            You should have backups of all your projects to media that you control in any case. Google has a track record of winding down stuff it doesn't want to continue (Reader, anyone?), but if you're betting on any source-code repo to (1) not go tits-up (as Google Code might) and (2) not jump the shark (as SourceForge has), you're putting your code at risk. Git, in particular, makes it dead simple to clone a repo and a

        • The difference between project hosting and a "service to host and edit source code repositories" is a few wiki pages for a description and documentation.

          You're forgetting about an issue tracker.

    • by unrtst ( 777550 )

      Most of the comments here are in this vein, and that was my first thought as well, and I doubt I'll trust them to host jack for me.

      That said, they're a big company; they try stuff out and see if it works; when something doesn't "work", they get rid of it... how do they go about revisiting a topic with a different (and possibly much better) approach without drawing these kinda of reactions? All I really mean is, I don't want them to stop trying... if they do get it "right", that'll could be great.

      To answer m

      • when something doesn't "work", they get rid of it...

        Whereas if it does work they just fuck-up the UI. And then get rid of it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So something like Google Code, which they are shutting down [blogspot.ca]?

    Can anyone else say "vaporware"?

  • by Lunix Nutcase ( 1092239 ) on Thursday June 25, 2015 @05:43PM (#49990139)

    Why would anyone use this considering Google Code was announced to be shut down? Are we supposed to believe that this service isn't just going to be shut down on a whim as well?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 25, 2015 @06:33PM (#49990563)

      Because it's in Beta. You should be worried when it's no longer in Beta!

    • That is! Like most recent comments here, that is the first thing flashes in my head when I see "Google tests ... Service".

      Google already made users less interested in their "new" services/features. Is that the main reason for failure of G+!?

      Once-useful feature, 'preview PDF' on the search results was removed, despite of requests from users.
      It's interesting that I was accidentally discovered, by using 'preview PDF', I could download some (if not many) pdf files from crcnetbase.com. I still wonder h
      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        I still wonder how could Google access these files, if CRC does not allow this.

        The same way other companies like "expert sex change" (.com, if you must) used to show up in the rankings, but if you go there, you see paywall after paywall.

        Basically the sites look for the Googlebot user-agent and adjust their results slightly - by exposing the entire content of the page. So all of it is nicely indexed by Google, and when you search, they show up. But the answer (which Google got to see) is hidden away through

        • Yes, I tried (at this time), too, but not successful.
          But, I think you are right.
          There was something about Googlebot in the script or html (I don't remember, it seems to be not there in current CRC page), when I followed the link (likely, if you are bot then your url), they banned my IP. (there is no "wonderland" with a lot of "eat me" things lol)
          And, after Google abandoned 'Preview PDF', there is not any result from inside crcnetbase PDFs in search result, eventually in cache.

          Anyway, there are not muc
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Didn't they already have this and killed it?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 25, 2015 @06:00PM (#49990285)

    Does anybody have a timeline when this Google service will be shut down? Meh, I'll just keep using my own reliable repository. No telling if Google will actually keep services they offer.

  • Annnnnd now Skynet will be able to learn how to interact with unfamiliar software. Better hope the department of defense contractors don't host their code there.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So after Picassa and now Code, are they going to resurrect Wave, Buzz and Reader next?

  • Didn't they just shutter google code?
  • Soooo... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by EmeraldBot ( 3513925 ) on Thursday June 25, 2015 @06:58PM (#49990741)

    They shutter Google Code, forcing anyone who had a project there to migrate everything, and now they plan to start it back up? Do they seriously think anyone is going to trust them again? I believe they shut down the old one because they felt Github dominated the field; Well, now they're entering the same field, but this time without the small (but loyal) userbase they had lastime.

    I just can't get why they did this stunt - if they really wanted to enter the coding field, they could have just revamped Google Code. It'd still be a difficult task to displace Github, but now they just made it even more difficult for themselves for no reason at all.

    • Re:Soooo... (Score:5, Informative)

      by swillden ( 191260 ) <shawn-ds@willden.org> on Thursday June 25, 2015 @08:46PM (#49991495) Homepage Journal

      Like most of the up-voted posters here, I think you're missing the point. This new service isn't a Google Code replacement or a Github competitor. It's an add-on for cloud-based hosting, so people who are hosting systems on Google App Engine or Compute Engine can keep their source there as well, with nice tools for working with the code online, managing releases and even live debugging... if there's a problem with your running app you can debug it instantly. The system snapshots the live system so it's not interrupted and then gives you an online debugger so you can examine the state, step through the code, etc.

      It's a value-added feature on a paid cloud hosting service, not a place to host your latest open source project. That's what Github is for.

    • Google hyper-vacillates between releasing shit that nobody wants, and abandoning products that people do want.

      With 24,000 employees, you think they would stumble their way onto a clue.

  • by sproketboy ( 608031 ) on Friday June 26, 2015 @06:23AM (#49993391)

    A while back I wanted to add a patch to an open source project that had been hosted on sourceforge and the dev had moved it to google code. After 6 months of him not replying to my request to patch his library (and showing no activity at all) I contacted both sourcforge and google code about taking over the project.

    Sourceforge put me on a 3 month waiting list while they attempted to contact the original dev. Google simply gave me admin rights to his project THE NEXT DAY. Needless to say the dev contacted me soon after. If I had been an asshole I could have locked him out completely and PWNED his project. I was nice and let him have admin rights again.

    That's why I like Sourceforge. Hosting code is their business so they take it seriously. Google? They're just an advertising company.

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