The Best Alternatives to Google Code for Your Programming Projects

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Google is shutting down Google Code, their hosting service for open source projects and coding initiatives. If you haven't already migrated your projects to another service, now's a good time. Here are a few alternatives that can get you up and running quickly.Google Code was never the most popular service out there, but that it was still good. Initially launched in 2006, thousands of projects called it home. Google Code offered developers a robust and reliable hosting option for their projects—especially their open-source initiatives.Over the years, however, Google says that many developers moved away from Google Code to other services, like GitHub. As a result, last week they shut the door to new projects at Google Code, and will make all projects currently hosted there read-only on August 24th, 2015. After that, you'll still be able to download, checkout, view source, and browse documentation, but you won't be able to change or upload anything. Then, on January 25th, 2016, the service will shut down entirely, and you'll be able to download a tarball of your projects and data for the rest of the year. If you have a project hosted at Google Code, now's a good time to go ahead and migrate, before you're up against a time crunch to do it. Here are some options worth checking out.GitHubGitHub is the juggernaut in this arena, obviously, and the web's most popular code repository. For basic users, it's completely free. If you're looking for professional features, or the option to build a portfolio of development projects there are premium plans available starting ata few dollars per month. Github has the ability to both function as an independent development resource, where individual devs build their projects, share with the community, who then all pull their work, tweak it, update it, and then contribute their own finished projects back to the community at large, or as a centralized dev tool, where a business or team manages a specific repository with check-in/checkout features, revision history, logged changes, issue tracking, and more.Google mentioned GitHub by name in their Google Code shutdown announcement, and even has a handy export tool and an export guide to make moving your code easy. We have a how-to guide to get you started if you're an aspiring developer as well, which can help you get started and familiar with GitHub's best features. There are also plenty of shortcuts and commands to learn that'll save you time in the long run.CodePlexCodePlex is Microsoft's open-source project hosting site. It too is host to thousands of popular projects, and while many (or most, arguably) have to do with the Windows ecosystem, that doesn't mean that your mobile app or cross-platform project isn't welcome. Accounts are free, and you can build in any language for any platform you choose. If you're just looking to get involved, CodePlex also makes it easy to find projects that could use assistance, or development teams that have issues they're working with the community to resolve, so it's easy to jump in and find something to work on, or a project to contribute to. Like any good code repository, CodePlex offers features like version control, a built-in Wiki for support and FAQs, issue tracking, project homepages, and more.[To be continued...]Source: http://lifehacker.com/

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