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GitHub vs TortoiseSVN: What are the differences?

Developers describe GitHub as "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. On the other hand, TortoiseSVN is detailed as "The coolest interface to (Sub)version control". It is a really easy to use Revision control / version control / source control software for Windows. It is based on Apache™ Subversion (SVN)®; TortoiseSVN provides a nice and easy user interface for Subversion.Since it's not an integration for a specific IDE like Visual Studio, Eclipse or others, you can use it with whatever development tools you like, and with any type of file.

GitHub and TortoiseSVN belong to "Code Collaboration & Version Control" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by GitHub are:

  • Command Instructions
  • Source Browser
  • Git Powered Wikis

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

  • Easy to use. all commands are available directly from the Windows Explorer
  • Powerful commit dialog. integrated spell checker for log messages
  • Per project settings

TortoiseSVN is an open source tool with 39 GitHub stars and 29 GitHub forks. Here's a link to TortoiseSVN's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, GitHub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 6386 company stacks & 31394 developers stacks; compared to TortoiseSVN, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about GitHub and TortoiseSVN
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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Pros of GitHub
Pros of TortoiseSVN
  • 1.8K
    Open source friendly
  • 1.5K
    Easy source control
  • 1.2K
    Nice UI
  • 1.1K
    Great for team collaboration
  • 856
    Easy setup
  • 495
    Issue tracker
  • 477
    Great community
  • 475
    Remote team collaboration
  • 443
    Great way to share
  • 435
    Pull request and features planning
  • 138
    Just works
  • 124
    Integrated in many tools
  • 111
    Free Public Repos
  • 105
    Github Gists
  • 102
    Github pages
  • 80
    Easy to find repos
  • 59
    Open source
  • 58
    Easy to find projects
  • 56
    Network effect
  • 54
    It's free
  • 46
    Extensive API
  • 42
  • 41
  • 33
    Developer Profiles
  • 32
    Git Powered Wikis
  • 29
    Great for collaboration
  • 22
    It's fun
  • 22
    Community SDK involvement
  • 21
    Clean interface and good integrations
  • 18
    Learn from others source code
  • 14
    It integrates directly with Azure
  • 14
    Because: Git
  • 13
    Wide acceptance
  • 9
  • 9
    Large community
  • 9
    Standard in Open Source collab
  • 8
    It integrates directly with Hipchat
  • 7
  • 7
    Beautiful user experience
  • 6
    Easy to discover new code libraries
  • 6
    Cloud SCM
  • 5
    Nice API
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
    It's awesome
  • 5
    Smooth integration
  • 4
    Hands down best online Git service available
  • 4
    Remarkable uptime
  • 4
  • 3
    Unlimited Public Repos at no cost
  • 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
    Version Control
  • 3
    Easy to use and collaborate with others
  • 2
    Nice to use
  • 1
    IAM integration
  • 1
    Issues tracker
  • 1
    Free HTML hostings
  • 1
    Free private repos
  • 1
    Self Hosted
  • 1
    All in one development service
  • 1
  • 1
    Good tools support
  • 1
    Easy source control and everything is backed up
  • 1
    Leads the copycats
  • 1
    Never dethroned
  • 1
    Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
  • 1
    Owned by micrcosoft
  • 1
  • 1
    Easy deployment via SSH
  • 1
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 0
  • 0
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    Cons of GitHub
    Cons of TortoiseSVN
    • 44
      Owned by micrcosoft
    • 36
      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
    • 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 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.

      What is TortoiseSVN?

      It is an Apache™ Subversion (SVN)® client, implemented as a Windows shell extension. It's intuitive and easy to use, since it doesn't require the Subversion command line client to run. And it is free to use, even in a commercial environment.

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      What are some alternatives to GitHub and TortoiseSVN?
      GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.
      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.
      AWS CodeCommit
      CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use CodeCommit to securely store anything from source code to binaries, and it works seamlessly with your existing Git tools.
      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.
      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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