Adios! Google Code

By CIOReview | Monday, March 16, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Google Code will no more allow building any new project as Google announces plans to scrap this platform in a phased manner. Google Code is the project hosting service started in 2006. In the recent times, it has witnessed exodus of its users in large numbers who are heading to better project hosting services such as GitHub and Bitbucket bloom. Google itself doesn’t shy away from admitting that it too has climbed the GitHub bandwagon as it moved many of its open source project to GitHub. Plans are that Google Code will go read-only from August 24, 2015 and will be completely shut down on January 25, 2016. However, a tarball of project source, issues, and wikis would still be available for download throughout the year 2016.

The internet company has assured that Git and Gerrit hosting for Android and Chrome will go on uninhibited and mirrors of projects like Eclipse, and others will be maintained as usual. Making it easy for users to migrate from Google to GitHub is the new tool called ‘Google Code to GitHub exporter tool’ – an automated way to migrate a project’s source, issues, and wikis to a new GitHub repo. Meanwhile GitHub’s importer has been tailored to convert any Subversion or Mercurial Google Code projects to use Git in the process.

The company is also offering standalone tools for migrating to GitHub and Bitbucket; SourceForge is offering an import tool in the form of ‘Google Code project importer service.’

The Death Knell
Growing abuse witnessed on the Google Code of late is said to be the reason behind its demise. “As developers migrated away from Google Code, a growing share of the remaining projects were spam or abuse. Lately, the administrative load has consisted almost exclusively of abuse management. After profiling non-abusive activity on Google Code, it has become clear to us that the service simply isn’t needed anymore,” Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source, Google.

The GitHub Glitz
GitHub is drawing developers from across the globe in large numbers and the number of active users is swelling making the prospects brighter for this project hosting site. The enterprise edition of GitHub – GitHub Enterprise – which was launched recently is more than just a code repository. As a cloud-based platform for hosting project code for enterprises, GitHub Enterprise also forms a system for project management, software development and documentation.