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GitLab vs Harness.io: What are the differences?

Introduction

GitLab and Harness.io are two popular tools used in the software development lifecycle. While GitLab is a complete DevOps platform, Harness.io focuses on continuous delivery and deployment. Below are the key differences between these two tools:

1. Integration and Extensibility: GitLab offers a wide range of integrations with various tools like Jira, Jenkins, Kubernetes, and more, providing a seamless experience for developers. On the other hand, Harness.io has fewer integrations available, limiting the extensibility of the platform.

2. Deployment and Release Strategies: GitLab provides a comprehensive set of features for managing deployments and different release strategies, such as canary deployments, rolling deployments, blue/green deployments, and more. In contrast, Harness.io specializes in continuous delivery and offers advanced features like AI/ML-based canary analysis and automated rollback.

3. Pipeline Orchestration: GitLab has a robust pipeline orchestration capability that allows developers to define complex CI/CD pipelines using a YAML configuration file. With GitLab, developers have more control and flexibility in defining their pipelines. In contrast, Harness.io offers a simplified pipeline setup with a drag-and-drop interface, making it easier for less technical users to create and modify pipelines.

4. Monitoring and Observability: GitLab provides basic monitoring and observability capabilities through its built-in metrics dashboard and logging functionality. In comparison, Harness.io offers more advanced observability features, including real-time monitoring, log aggregation, distributed tracing, and integration with popular observability tools like Datadog and New Relic.

5. Team Collaboration: GitLab has extensive collaboration features, including Git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, and wiki documentation. It provides a centralized platform for the entire development team to collaborate effectively. Harness.io, on the other hand, focuses more on the deployment and delivery aspects, with limited collaboration features.

6. Infrastructure Provisioning and Management: GitLab allows developers to provision and manage infrastructure resources using tools like Kubernetes, AWS, and GCP. It provides native integration with cloud providers and container orchestration platforms. In contrast, Harness.io primarily focuses on the continuous delivery process and does not offer infrastructure provisioning capabilities.

In summary, GitLab is a comprehensive DevOps platform with extensive integration options, pipeline orchestration, collaboration features, and infrastructure management capabilities. On the other hand, Harness.io specializes in continuous delivery and deployment, offering advanced release strategies, observability features, and a simplified pipeline setup.

Decisions about GitLab and Harness.io
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

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 · 664.1K 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 gitlab.com 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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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 GitLab
Pros of Harness.io
  • 508
    Self hosted
  • 430
    Free
  • 339
    Has community edition
  • 242
    Easy setup
  • 240
    Familiar interface
  • 137
    Includes many features, including ci
  • 113
    Nice UI
  • 84
    Good integration with gitlabci
  • 57
    Simple setup
  • 34
    Has an official mobile app
  • 34
    Free private repository
  • 31
    Continuous Integration
  • 22
    Open source, great ui (like github)
  • 18
    Slack Integration
  • 15
    Full CI flow
  • 11
    Free and unlimited private git repos
  • 10
    User, group, and project access management is simple
  • 9
    All in one (Git, CI, Agile..)
  • 8
    Built-in CI
  • 8
    Intuitive UI
  • 6
    Full DevOps suite with Git
  • 6
    Both public and private Repositories
  • 5
    So easy to use
  • 5
    CI
  • 5
    Integrated Docker Registry
  • 5
    It's powerful source code management tool
  • 5
    Build/pipeline definition alongside code
  • 4
    Issue system
  • 4
    Dockerized
  • 4
    Unlimited free repos & collaborators
  • 4
    Security and Stable
  • 4
    On-premises
  • 4
    It's fully integrated
  • 4
    Mattermost Chat client
  • 4
    Excellent
  • 3
    Great for team collaboration
  • 3
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 3
    Low maintenance cost due omnibus-deployment
  • 3
    I like the its runners and executors feature
  • 3
    Free private repos
  • 3
    Because is the best remote host for git repositories
  • 3
    Not Microsoft Owned
  • 3
    Opensource
  • 2
    Groups of groups
  • 2
    Powerful software planning and maintaining tools
  • 2
    Review Apps feature
  • 2
    Kubernetes integration with GitLab CI
  • 2
    It includes everything I need, all packaged with docker
  • 2
    Multilingual interface
  • 2
    HipChat intergration
  • 2
    Powerful Continuous Integration System
  • 2
    One-click install through DigitalOcean
  • 2
    The dashboard with deployed environments
  • 2
    Native CI
  • 2
    Many private repo
  • 2
    Kubernetes Integration
  • 2
    Published IP list for whitelisting (gl-infra#434)
  • 2
    Wounderful
  • 2
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Supports Radius/Ldap & Browser Code Edits
  • 1
    GitOps capability
  • 1
    Autostopping rules for Kubernetes clusters
  • 1
    Test Intelligence
  • 1
    Feature Flags
  • 1
    Cloud Cost Management
  • 1
    HIO monitor application health and help resolve issues

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Cons of GitLab
Cons of Harness.io
  • 28
    Slow ui performance
  • 8
    Introduce breaking bugs every release
  • 6
    Insecure (no published IP list for whitelisting)
  • 2
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 1
    Review Apps feature
  • 1
    Cost grows quickly

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What is GitLab?

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.

What is Harness.io?

It automates the entire CI/CD process, uses machine learning to protect you when deployments fail, equips you with enterprise-grade security, & simplifies cloud cost visibility, savings, & forecasting without any tagging requirements.

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