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Alternatives to SourceTree

GitKraken, Bitbucket, Tower, GitHub, and Fork are the most popular alternatives and competitors to SourceTree.
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What is SourceTree and what are its top alternatives?

Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.
SourceTree is a tool in the Source Code Management Desktop Apps category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to SourceTree

  • GitKraken

    GitKraken

    The downright luxurious Git client for Windows, Mac and Linux. Cross-platform, 100% standalone, and free. ...

  • Bitbucket

    Bitbucket

    Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users. ...

  • Tower

    Tower

    Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive. ...

  • GitHub

    GitHub

    GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together. ...

  • Fork

    Fork

    Manage your repositories without leaving the application. Organize the repositores into categories. Fork's Diff Viewer provides a clear view to spot the changes in your source code quickly. ...

  • Git

    Git

    Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. ...

  • Sublime Merge

    Sublime Merge

    A snappy UI, three-way merge tool, side-by-side diffs, syntax highlighting, and more. Evaluate for free – no account, tracking, or time limits. ...

  • SmartGit

    SmartGit

    It is a graphical Git client with support for SVN and Pull Requests for GitHub and Bitbucket. It runs on Windows, macOS and Linux. ...

SourceTree alternatives & related posts

GitKraken logo

GitKraken

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PROS OF GITKRAKEN
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    Dark theme
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    Best linux git client
  • 29
    Great overview
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    Full featured client
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    Gitflow support
  • 19
    Beautiful UI
  • 18
    Very easy to use
  • 16
    Graph
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    Effortless
  • 13
    Works great on both linux and windows
  • 6
    Easy Merge Conflict Tool
  • 5
    Amazing Github and Bitbucket integration
  • 4
    Great UX
  • 3
    Integration with GitHub
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    Automatic Repo Discovery
  • 3
    Submodule support
  • 3
    Easy to Learn and Setup
  • 3
    Super fast
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    Fuzzy find (CTRL P)
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    Very user friendly
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    Much more stable than source tree
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    Great for non-dev users
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    Because it has Linux client
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    Command palette (CTRL Shift P)
CONS OF GITKRAKEN
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    Hangs occasionally (not as bad as sourcetree)
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    Not as many features as sourcetree
  • 2
    No edit/fixup in interactive rebase
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    Do not allow to directly edit staging area
  • 2
    Does not work like a Mac app
  • 2
    Extremely slow when working with large repositories

related GitKraken posts

Cees Timmerman

Tower appears to be between GitKraken and SourceTree in detail, but gave two scary error dialogs when attempting to merge resulted in a conflict. Doing the same in SourceTree just worked and showed the conflict in its handy file view that's always visible (unlike Tower's mere "Merge branch 'X' into develop" message when the commit is selected).

Both GitKraken and Tower lack the commit hash in their history overview, requiring one to select a commit to see it.

GitKraken appears to be the only Windows 10 Git GUI suitable for night shifts, but like Tower is only free for 30 days, unlike SourceTree.

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GitKraken is the best git client so far. The user interface is very friendly. Everything is easy to do with this tool. A branch tree vizualization is very clear. I've tried SourceTree and I got lost in such many panels. Also performance of SourceTree is not as goot as GitKraken. I like Sublime Merge but it doesn't have so many features as the other tools. I've choosen GitKraken and as bonus I got GitKraken Glo that is the next perfect tool.

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Bitbucket

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PROS OF BITBUCKET
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    Free private repos
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    Simple setup
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    Nice ui and tools
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    Unlimited private repositories
  • 240
    Affordable git hosting
  • 123
    Integrates with many apis and services
  • 119
    Reliable uptime
  • 86
    Nice gui
  • 84
    Pull requests and code reviews
  • 58
    Very customisable
  • 16
    Mercurial repositories
  • 14
    SourceTree integration
  • 11
    JIRA integration
  • 10
    Track every commit to an issue in JIRA
  • 8
    Best free alternative to Github
  • 8
    Deployment hooks
  • 7
    Automatically share repositories with all your teammates
  • 7
    Compatible with Mac and Windows
  • 6
    Source Code Insight
  • 5
    Price
  • 5
    Login with Google
  • 5
    Create a wiki
  • 5
    Approve pull request button
  • 4
    Customizable pipelines
  • 4
    #2 Atlassian Product after JIRA
  • 3
    Continuous Integration and Delivery
  • 3
    Unlimited Private Repos at no cost
  • 3
    Also supports Mercurial
  • 2
    Teamcity
  • 2
    Mercurial Support
  • 2
    IAM
  • 2
    Issues tracker
  • 2
    Open source friendly
  • 2
    Multilingual interface
  • 2
    Academic license program
  • 2
    IAM integration
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    Free Private Repositories
CONS OF BITBUCKET
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    Not much community activity
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    Difficult to review prs because of confusing ui
  • 14
    Quite buggy
  • 10
    Managed by enterprise Java company
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    CI tool is not free of charge
  • 7
    Complexity with rights management
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    Only 5 collaborators for private repos
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    Slow performance
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    No AWS Codepipelines integration
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    No more Mercurial repositories
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    No server side git-hook support

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Michael Kelly
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 14 upvotes · 628.9K views

I use GitLab when building side-projects and MVPs. The interface and interactions are close enough to those of GitHub to prevent cognitive switching costs between professional and personal projects hosted on different services.

GitLab also provides a suite of tools including issue/project management, CI/CD with GitLab CI, and validation/landing pages with GitLab Pages. With everything in one place, on an #OpenSourceCloud GitLab makes it easy for me to manage much larger projects on my own, than would be possible with other solutions or tools.

It's petty I know, but I can also read the GitLab code diffs far more easily than diffs on GitHub or Bitbucket...they just look better in my opinion.

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A bit difference in GitHub and GitLab though both are Version Control repository management services which provides key component in the software development workflow. A decision of choosing GitHub over GitLab is major leap extension from code management, to deployment and monitoring alongside looking beyond the code base hosting provided best fitted tools for developer communities.

  • Authentication stages - With GitLab you can set and modify people’s permissions according to their role. In GitHub, you can decide if someone gets a read or write access to a repository.
  • Built-In Continuous Integrations - GitLab offers its very own CI for free. No need to use an external CI service. And if you are already used to an external CI, you can obviously integrate with Jenkins, etc whereas GitHub offers various 3rd party integrations – such as Travis CI, CircleCI or Codeship – for running and testing your code. However, there’s no built-in CI solution at the moment.
  • Import/Export Resources - GitLab offers detailed documentation on how to import your data from other vendors – such as GitHub, Bitbucket to GitLab. GitHub, on the other hand, does not offer such detailed documentation for the most common git repositories. However, GitHub offers to use GitHub Importer if you have your source code in Subversion, Mercurial, TFS and others.

Also when it comes to exporting data, GitLab seems to do a pretty solid job, offering you the ability to export your projects including the following data:

  • Wiki and project repositories
  • Project uploads
  • The configuration including webhooks and services
  • Issues with comments, merge requests with diffs and comments, labels, milestones, snippets, and other project entities.

GitHub, on the other hand, seems to be more restrictive when it comes to export features of existing GitHub repositories. * Integrations - #githubmarketplace gives you an essence to have multiple and competitive integrations whereas you will find less in the GitLab.

So go ahead with better understanding.

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Tower

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PROS OF TOWER
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    Git
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    Just works
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    Version control
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    Awesome
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    Simple layout
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    Multiple windows
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    Multiple tabs
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    Automatic repo discovery
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    Gitflow support
  • 2
    Uses standard git terminology and methods
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    Submodule support
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    Interactive stage or discard by hunks or lines
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    Github integration
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    Full featured client
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    SAS
CONS OF TOWER
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    Subscription based
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    Expensive
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    No side by side diff
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    Merge conflict resolution impossible/unclear

related Tower posts

Cees Timmerman

Tower appears to be between GitKraken and SourceTree in detail, but gave two scary error dialogs when attempting to merge resulted in a conflict. Doing the same in SourceTree just worked and showed the conflict in its handy file view that's always visible (unlike Tower's mere "Merge branch 'X' into develop" message when the commit is selected).

Both GitKraken and Tower lack the commit hash in their history overview, requiring one to select a commit to see it.

GitKraken appears to be the only Windows 10 Git GUI suitable for night shifts, but like Tower is only free for 30 days, unlike SourceTree.

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GitHub

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PROS OF GITHUB
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    Open source friendly
  • 1.5K
    Easy source control
  • 1.2K
    Nice UI
  • 1.1K
    Great for team collaboration
  • 861
    Easy setup
  • 501
    Issue tracker
  • 484
    Great community
  • 480
    Remote team collaboration
  • 448
    Great way to share
  • 441
    Pull request and features planning
  • 144
    Just works
  • 130
    Integrated in many tools
  • 116
    Free Public Repos
  • 110
    Github Gists
  • 108
    Github pages
  • 81
    Easy to find repos
  • 60
    Open source
  • 58
    Easy to find projects
  • 56
    Network effect
  • 55
    It's free
  • 47
    Extensive API
  • 42
    Organizations
  • 41
    Branching
  • 33
    Developer Profiles
  • 32
    Git Powered Wikis
  • 29
    Great for collaboration
  • 23
    It's fun
  • 22
    Community SDK involvement
  • 21
    Clean interface and good integrations
  • 19
    Learn from others source code
  • 14
    It integrates directly with Azure
  • 14
    Because: Git
  • 13
    Wide acceptance
  • 10
    Large community
  • 9
    Newsfeed
  • 9
    Standard in Open Source collab
  • 8
    It integrates directly with Hipchat
  • 7
    Beautiful user experience
  • 7
    Fast
  • 6
    Easy to discover new code libraries
  • 6
    Cloud SCM
  • 5
    Graphs
  • 5
    Smooth integration
  • 5
    Nice API
  • 5
    Integrations
  • 5
    It's awesome
  • 4
    Remarkable uptime
  • 4
    Hands down best online Git service available
  • 4
    Reliable
  • 3
    Easy to use and collaborate with others
  • 3
    CI Integration
  • 3
    Free HTML hosting
  • 3
    Loved by developers
  • 3
    Quick Onboarding
  • 3
    Security options
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Uses GIT
  • 3
    Unlimited Public Repos at no cost
  • 3
    Version Control
  • 2
    Nice to use
  • 1
    Free private repos
  • 1
    Easy deployment via SSH
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Owned by micrcosoft
  • 1
    Free HTML hostings
  • 1
    Self Hosted
  • 1
    All in one development service
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Good tools support
  • 1
    Easy source control and everything is backed up
  • 1
    Leads the copycats
  • 1
    Never dethroned
  • 1
    Ci
  • 1
    Issues tracker
  • 1
    Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
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    IAM
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    IAM integration
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    Profound
  • 0
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CONS OF GITHUB
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    Owned by micrcosoft
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    Expensive for lone developers that want private repos
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    Relatively slow product/feature release cadence
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    API scoping could be better
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    Only 3 collaborators for private repos
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    Limited featureset for issue management
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    GitHub Packages does not support SNAPSHOT versions
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    Have to use a token for the package registry
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    No multilingual interface
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    Takes a long time to commit

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Johnny Bell

I was building a personal project that I needed to store items in a real time database. I am more comfortable with my Frontend skills than my backend so I didn't want to spend time building out anything in Ruby or Go.

I stumbled on Firebase by #Google, and it was really all I needed. It had realtime data, an area for storing file uploads and best of all for the amount of data I needed it was free!

I built out my application using tools I was familiar with, React for the framework, Redux.js to manage my state across components, and styled-components for the styling.

Now as this was a project I was just working on in my free time for fun I didn't really want to pay for hosting. I did some research and I found Netlify. I had actually seen them at #ReactRally the year before and deployed a Gatsby site to Netlify already.

Netlify was very easy to setup and link to my GitHub account you select a repo and pretty much with very little configuration you have a live site that will deploy every time you push to master.

With the selection of these tools I was able to build out my application, connect it to a realtime database, and deploy to a live environment all with $0 spent.

If you're looking to build out a small app I suggest giving these tools a go as you can get your idea out into the real world for absolutely no cost.

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.3M views

Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

  • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
  • Respectively Git as revision control system
  • SourceTree as Git GUI
  • Visual Studio Code as IDE
  • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
  • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
  • SonarQube as quality gate
  • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
  • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
  • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
  • Heroku for deploying in test environments
  • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
  • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
  • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
  • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
  • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

  • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
  • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
  • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
  • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
  • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
  • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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Fork logo

Fork

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Fast and Friendly Git Client for Mac
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PROS OF FORK
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    One of the easiest and fastest git GUIs
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    Nice UX
  • 8
    Gitflow support
  • 7
    Fast, Great support, Does-it-all, blazing fast
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    Intuitive interactive rebase and conflict resolution UI
  • 6
    Does the job way better than others
  • 6
    Dark theme
  • 6
    Excellent commit history tree view
  • 4
    This even looks the same as SourceTree
  • 3
    Countless quality of life features
  • 3
    Built-in developer feedback
  • 3
    Repository Manager
  • 2
    Github Notifications
  • 2
    Keyaboard-only
  • 2
    Visual branch history
  • 2
    Reflog support
  • 1
    Not buggy, works smoothly
  • 1
    Unique Activity Manager shows current/past operations
  • 1
    Intuitive merge conflict resolution
  • 1
    Git ammend
CONS OF FORK
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    Git

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    PROS OF GIT
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      Distributed version control system
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      Efficient branching and merging
    • 964
      Fast
    • 846
      Open source
    • 728
      Better than svn
    • 368
      Great command-line application
    • 306
      Simple
    • 291
      Free
    • 232
      Easy to use
    • 222
      Does not require server
    • 27
      Distributed
    • 22
      Small & Fast
    • 18
      Feature based workflow
    • 15
      Staging Area
    • 13
      Most wide-spread VSC
    • 11
      Disposable Experimentation
    • 11
      Role-based codelines
    • 7
      Frictionless Context Switching
    • 6
      Data Assurance
    • 5
      Efficient
    • 4
      Just awesome
    • 3
      Github integration
    • 3
      Easy branching and merging
    • 2
      Compatible
    • 2
      Possible to lose history and commits
    • 2
      Flexible
    • 1
      Team Integration
    • 1
      Easy
    • 1
      Light
    • 1
      Fast, scalable, distributed revision control system
    • 1
      Rebase supported natively; reflog; access to plumbing
    • 1
      Flexible, easy, Safe, and fast
    • 1
      CLI is great, but the GUI tools are awesome
    • 1
      It's what you do
    • 0
      Phinx
    CONS OF GIT
    • 16
      Hard to learn
    • 11
      Inconsistent command line interface
    • 9
      Easy to lose uncommitted work
    • 7
      Worst documentation ever possibly made
    • 5
      Awful merge handling
    • 3
      Unexistent preventive security flows
    • 3
      Rebase hell
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      When --force is disabled, cannot rebase
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      Ironically even die-hard supporters screw up badly

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    Simon Reymann
    Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.3M views

    Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

    • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
    • Respectively Git as revision control system
    • SourceTree as Git GUI
    • Visual Studio Code as IDE
    • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
    • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
    • SonarQube as quality gate
    • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
    • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
    • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
    • Heroku for deploying in test environments
    • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
    • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
    • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
    • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
    • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

    The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

    • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
    • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
    • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
    • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
    • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
    • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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    Ali Soueidan
    Creative Web Developer at Ali Soueidan · | 18 upvotes · 805.3K views

    Application and Data: Since my personal website ( https://alisoueidan.com ) is a SPA I've chosen to use Vue.js, as a framework to create it. After a short skeptical phase I immediately felt in love with the single file component concept! I also used vuex for state management, which makes working with several components, which are communicating with each other even more fun and convenient to use. Of course, using Vue requires using JavaScript as well, since it is the basis of it.

    For markup and style, I used Pug and Sass, since they’re the perfect match to me. I love the clean and strict syntax of both of them and even more that their structure is almost similar. Also, both of them come with an expanded functionality such as mixins, loops and so on related to their “siblings” (HTML and CSS). Both of them require nesting and prevent untidy code, which can be a huge advantage when working in teams. I used JSON to store data (since the data quantity on my website is moderate) – JSON works also good in combo with Pug, using for loops, based on the JSON Objects for example.

    To send my contact form I used PHP, since sending emails using PHP is still relatively convenient, simple and easy done.

    DevOps: Of course, I used Git to do my version management (which I even do in smaller projects like my website just have an additional backup of my code). On top of that I used GitHub since it now supports private repository for free accounts (which I am using for my own). I use Babel to use ES6 functionality such as arrow functions and so on, and still don’t losing cross browser compatibility.

    Side note: I used npm for package management. 🎉

    *Business Tools: * I use Asana to organize my project. This is a big advantage to me, even if I work alone, since “private” projects can get interrupted for some time. By using Asana I still know (even after month of not touching a project) what I’ve done, on which task I was at last working on and what still is to do. Working in Teams (for enterprise I’d take on Jira instead) of course Asana is a Tool which I really love to use as well. All the graphics on my website are SVG which I have created with Adobe Illustrator and adjusted within the SVG code or by using JavaScript or CSS (SASS).

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    Sublime Merge

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    PROS OF SUBLIME MERGE
    • 10
      Speed
    • 4
      Hotkeys
    • 4
      Beautify UI
    • 3
      Command Palete
    • 2
      Commit Editing
    • 2
      Command Line Integration
    • 2
      Submodule Management
    • 2
      Blame and File History
    • 2
      Sublime Text Integration
    • 2
      Three-Way Merge
    • 2
      Outputs matching git CLI command
    CONS OF SUBLIME MERGE
    • 2
      Only light mode available for evaluation

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    Julian Sanchez
    Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 9 upvotes · 342.3K views

    We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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    GitKraken is the best git client so far. The user interface is very friendly. Everything is easy to do with this tool. A branch tree vizualization is very clear. I've tried SourceTree and I got lost in such many panels. Also performance of SourceTree is not as goot as GitKraken. I like Sublime Merge but it doesn't have so many features as the other tools. I've choosen GitKraken and as bonus I got GitKraken Glo that is the next perfect tool.

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    PROS OF SMARTGIT
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      CONS OF SMARTGIT
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