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Bitbucket vs SVN (Subversion): What are the differences?

Bitbucket and SVN (Subversion) are version control systems used to manage source code and track changes in software development projects. Let's explore the key differences between them.

  1. Version Control System: Bitbucket is a distributed version control system (DVCS) that allows developers to work both offline and online, making it easier to collaborate with teams. On the other hand, SVN is a centralized version control system (CVCS) that requires a centralized server for project collaboration.

  2. Branching and Merging: Bitbucket provides a more streamlined and efficient branching and merging process. It allows developers to create lightweight branches, easily switch between branches, and merge changes with minimal conflicts. In contrast, SVN has a more complex and time-consuming branching and merging process, often leading to conflicts and difficulties in tracking changes.

  3. Code Access and Collaboration: Bitbucket offers access controls for both individual users and teams, enabling fine-grained permission settings to control who can view, edit, and approve code. It also provides features like pull requests and code review, facilitating collaboration within the development team. SVN, on the other hand, has fewer options for code access control and lacks collaboration features, making it less suitable for large-scale projects with distributed teams.

  4. Support for Large Files: Bitbucket has built-in support for large file storage, allowing developers to manage and version large binary files seamlessly. SVN, on the other hand, does not natively handle large files efficiently, which can lead to challenges in team collaboration, especially when dealing with multimedia files or complex design assets.

  5. Integration and Ecosystem: Bitbucket has a comprehensive ecosystem and seamless integration with various development tools, including CI/CD platforms like Jenkins and popular project management tools like Jira. It provides built-in integrations for a smoother development workflow. On the contrary, SVN has limited ecosystem support and integration options, which can hinder the overall productivity and efficiency of the development process.

  6. Ease of Use and Learning Curve: Bitbucket offers a user-friendly interface and intuitive commands, making it easier for developers to learn and adapt. It provides a smoother onboarding experience for new team members. In contrast, SVN has a steeper learning curve, as it requires familiarity with command-line operations and an understanding of its unique terminology.

In summary, Bitbucket provides a more modern, distributed, and user-friendly approach to version control, with efficient branching, collaboration features, and integrations, while SVN is a centralized system with a steeper learning curve, fewer collaboration capabilities, and limited ecosystem support.

Decisions about Bitbucket and SVN (Subversion)
Weverton Timoteo

Do you review your Pull/Merge Request before assigning Reviewers?

If you work in a team opening a Pull Request (or Merge Request) looks appropriate. However, have you ever thought about opening a Pull/Merge Request when working by yourself? Here's a checklist of things you can review in your own:

  • Pick the correct target branch
  • Make Drafts explicit
  • Name things properly
  • Ask help for tools
  • Remove the noise
  • Fetch necessary data
  • Understand Mergeability
  • Pass the message
  • Add screenshots
  • Be found in the future
  • Comment inline in your changes

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Weverton Timoteo

One of the magic tricks git performs is the ability to rewrite log history. You can do it in many ways, but git rebase -i is the one I most use. With this command, It’s possible to switch commits order, remove a commit, squash two or more commits, or edit, for instance.

It’s particularly useful to run it before opening a pull request. It allows developers to “clean up” the mess and organize commits before submitting to review. If you follow the practice 3 and 4, then the list of commits should look very similar to a task list. It should reveal the rationale you had, telling the story of how you end up with that final code.

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Pros of Bitbucket
Pros of SVN (Subversion)
  • 904
    Free private repos
  • 397
    Simple setup
  • 348
    Nice ui and tools
  • 341
    Unlimited private repositories
  • 240
    Affordable git hosting
  • 123
    Integrates with many apis and services
  • 119
    Reliable uptime
  • 87
    Nice gui
  • 85
    Pull requests and code reviews
  • 58
    Very customisable
  • 16
    Mercurial repositories
  • 14
    SourceTree integration
  • 12
    JIRA integration
  • 10
    Track every commit to an issue in JIRA
  • 8
    Deployment hooks
  • 8
    Best free alternative to Github
  • 7
    Automatically share repositories with all your teammates
  • 7
    Compatible with Mac and Windows
  • 6
    Source Code Insight
  • 6
  • 5
    Login with Google
  • 5
    Create a wiki
  • 5
    Approve pull request button
  • 4
    Customizable pipelines
  • 4
    #2 Atlassian Product after JIRA
  • 3
    Also supports Mercurial
  • 3
    Unlimited Private Repos at no cost
  • 3
    Continuous Integration and Delivery
  • 2
    Academic license program
  • 2
    Multilingual interface
  • 2
  • 2
    Open source friendly
  • 2
    Issues tracker
  • 2
  • 2
    IAM integration
  • 2
    Mercurial Support
  • 20
    Easy to use
  • 13
    Simple code versioning
  • 5
    User/Access Management
  • 3
    Complicated code versionioning by Subversion
  • 2

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Cons of Bitbucket
Cons of SVN (Subversion)
  • 19
    Not much community activity
  • 17
    Difficult to review prs because of confusing ui
  • 15
    Quite buggy
  • 10
    Managed by enterprise Java company
  • 8
    CI tool is not free of charge
  • 7
    Complexity with rights management
  • 6
    Only 5 collaborators for private repos
  • 4
    Slow performance
  • 2
    No AWS Codepipelines integration
  • 1
    No more Mercurial repositories
  • 1
    No server side git-hook support
  • 7
    Branching and tagging use tons of disk space

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What is 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.

What is SVN (Subversion)?

Subversion exists to be universally recognized and adopted as an open-source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.

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