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Gerrit Code Review vs GitHub: What are the differences?

What is Gerrit Code Review? OpenSource Git Code Review Tool. Gerrit is a self-hosted pre-commit code review tool. It serves as a Git hosting server with option to comment incoming changes. It is highly configurable and extensible with default guarding policies, webhooks, project access control and more.

What is GitHub? Powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects. 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.

Gerrit Code Review and GitHub are primarily classified as "Code Review" and "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Gerrit Code Review are:

  • git repository hosting
  • pre-commit code review
  • commenting on diffs

On the other hand, GitHub provides the following key features:

  • Command Instructions
  • Source Browser
  • Git Powered Wikis

"Code review" is the top reason why over 6 developers like Gerrit Code Review, while over 1750 developers mention "Open source friendly" as the leading cause for choosing GitHub.

Airbnb, Netflix, and Medium are some of the popular companies that use GitHub, whereas Gerrit Code Review is used by Citrix, Midokura, and GitHub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4713 company stacks & 6095 developers stacks; compared to Gerrit Code Review, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

Decisions about Gerrit Code Review and GitHub
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

Read the blog post for more detailed explanation for each item :D

What else do you review before asking for code review?

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Weverton Timoteo

Using an inclusive language is crucial for fostering a diverse culture. Git has changed the naming conventions to be more language-inclusive, and so you should change. Our development tools, like GitHub and GitLab, already supports the change.

SourceLevel deals very nicely with repositories that changed the master branch to a more appropriate word. Besides, you can use the grep linter the look for exclusive terms contained in the source code.

As the inclusive language gap may happen in other aspects of our lives, have you already thought about them?

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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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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 8 upvotes · 570.1K views

Out of most of the VCS solutions out there, we found Gitlab was the most feature complete with a free community edition. Their DevSecops offering is also a very robust solution. Gitlab CI/CD was quite easy to setup and the direct integration with your VCS + CI/CD is also a bonus. Out of the box integration with major cloud providers, alerting through instant messages etc. are all extremely convenient. We push our CI/CD updates to MS Teams.

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Gitlab as A LOT of features that GitHub and Azure DevOps are missing. Even if both GH and Azure are backed by Microsoft, GitLab being open source has a faster upgrade rate and the hosted by solution seems more appealing than anything else! Quick win: the UI is way better and the Pipeline is way easier to setup on GitLab!

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Nazar Atamaniuk
Shared insights

At DeployPlace we use self-hosted GitLab, we have chosen GitLab as most of us are familiar with it. We are happy with all features GitLab provides, I can’t imagine our life without integrated GitLab CI. Another important feature for us is integrated code review tool, we use it every day, we use merge requests, code reviews, branching. To be honest, most of us have GitHub accounts as well, we like to contribute in open source, and we want to be a part of the tech community, but lack of solutions from GitHub in the area of CI doesn’t let us chose it for our projects.

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Pros of Gerrit Code Review
Pros of GitHub
  • 13
    Code review
  • 11
    Good workflow
  • 10
    Cleaner repository story
  • 9
    Open source
  • 9
    Good integration with Jenkins
  • 5
    Unlimited repo support
  • 2
    Comparison dashboard
  • 1.8K
    Open source friendly
  • 1.5K
    Easy source control
  • 1.3K
    Nice UI
  • 1.1K
    Great for team collaboration
  • 865
    Easy setup
  • 504
    Issue tracker
  • 485
    Great community
  • 481
    Remote team collaboration
  • 451
    Great way to share
  • 442
    Pull request and features planning
  • 146
    Just works
  • 132
    Integrated in many tools
  • 120
    Free Public Repos
  • 115
    Github Gists
  • 111
    Github pages
  • 83
    Easy to find repos
  • 62
    Open source
  • 60
    It's free
  • 60
    Easy to find projects
  • 56
    Network effect
  • 49
    Extensive API
  • 43
  • 42
  • 34
    Developer Profiles
  • 32
    Git Powered Wikis
  • 30
    Great for collaboration
  • 24
    It's fun
  • 23
    Clean interface and good integrations
  • 22
    Community SDK involvement
  • 20
    Learn from others source code
  • 16
    Because: Git
  • 14
    It integrates directly with Azure
  • 10
  • 10
    Standard in Open Source collab
  • 8
    Beautiful user experience
  • 8
  • 8
    It integrates directly with Hipchat
  • 7
    Easy to discover new code libraries
  • 6
    Smooth integration
  • 6
    It's awesome
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
    Nice API
  • 6
    Cloud SCM
  • 5
    Hands down best online Git service available
  • 5
  • 5
    CI Integration
  • 5
    Quick Onboarding
  • 5
    Remarkable uptime
  • 4
    Security options
  • 4
    Simple but powerful
  • 4
    Loved by developers
  • 4
    Easy to use and collaborate with others
  • 4
    Version Control
  • 4
    Unlimited Public Repos at no cost
  • 4
    Uses GIT
  • 4
    Free HTML hosting
  • 3
    Nice to use
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
    Free private repos
  • 2
    Issues tracker
  • 2
    Easy deployment via SSH
  • 2
    Easy source control and everything is backed up
  • 2
    IAM integration
  • 2
    Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
  • 2
    All in one development service
  • 2
    Good tools support
  • 2
  • 2
    Free HTML hostings
  • 2
    Self Hosted
  • 2
    Never dethroned
  • 2
    Very Easy to Use
  • 2
    Easy to use
  • 2
    Leads the copycats
  • 1

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Cons of Gerrit Code Review
Cons of GitHub
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    • 53
      Owned by micrcosoft
    • 37
      Expensive for lone developers that want private repos
    • 15
      Relatively slow product/feature release cadence
    • 10
      API scoping could be better
    • 8
      Only 3 collaborators for private repos
    • 3
      Limited featureset for issue management
    • 2
      GitHub Packages does not support SNAPSHOT versions
    • 2
      Does not have a graph for showing history like git lens
    • 1
      Have to use a token for the package registry
    • 1
      No multilingual interface
    • 1
      Takes a long time to commit

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    What is Gerrit Code Review?

    Gerrit is a self-hosted pre-commit code review tool. It serves as a Git hosting server with option to comment incoming changes. It is highly configurable and extensible with default guarding policies, webhooks, project access control and more.

    What is 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.

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