Gerrit Code Review vs Xcode: What are the differences?
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; Xcode: The complete toolset for building great apps. The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Gerrit Code Review and Xcode are primarily classified as "Code Review" and "Integrated Development Environment" 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, Xcode provides the following key features:
- Source Editor
- Assistant Editor
- Asset Catalog
"Cleaner repository story" is the primary reason why developers consider Gerrit Code Review over the competitors, whereas "IOS Development" was stated as the key factor in picking Xcode.
Instacart, Lyft, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Xcode, whereas Gerrit Code Review is used by Citrix, Midokura, and Wonga.com. Xcode has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1039 company stacks & 585 developers stacks; compared to Gerrit Code Review, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.
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